DEBORAH HEDDERWICK, BCAa
Debi works with special schools, mainstream schools and the community with her all-inclusive dance classes having impacted thousands of children and young adults, providing them with invaluable access to the arts.
Debi co-created and runs Learning Through Arts (LTA) – an independent non-profit organisation working to create inspiring and innovative projects. Through LTA Debi has also developed an original creative pedagogical approach in her work with young people with complex needs, called Dance Interaction, which has been recognised and funded by Derbyshire County Council’s Virtual School for several years. This work is carried out on a one to one basis for the development of personal interaction, communication and expression, with increased physical development, promoting a higher quality of life.
Debi is still regularly creating full length youth dance theatre performances, which push creative boundaries, speak truths, raise awareness and provoke thoughts and discussion.
Despite all the work Debi is doing around arts, youth and her community, she is proud to have led on a community project in Wirksworth that resulted in the building of a skatepark; and still found time to volunteer in Calais to assist the refugee crisis and now has become part of Derbyshire’s supporting lodging programme.
Nominated by: Lillie Hedderwick-Turner