Driving Inspiration

Driving Inspiration is a collaboration between disabled artists, Paralympians and disabled and non-disabled young people. It is about telling the story of the birth of the Paralympic movement at Stoke Mandeville, using part of the archive collection as well as the individual stories of Paralympians. Through assemblies, interviews and workshops, creative work of all kinds is produced and showcased locally and regionally at other Cultural Olympiad activities, local celebrations and at Paralympic and disability sporting events.

During 2010 the project took place across Buckinghamshire in five focus schools: The Beaconsfield School, CressexCommunitySchool, HeritageHouseSchool, Buckingham Primary and MandevilleSchool.  These schools were identified for their inclusive policies and learning needs status. Four of the five schools involved have integrated policies.  The fifth school, Heritage House, is for young people with severe learning disabilities.

For 2011 the project has expanded to include in new schools across the South East region and a toolkit will be available online.

See the work of the individual schools here.