Former Performing Arts student enjoys the red carpet treatment at screenwriting awards!

Independence Plus client and former Performing Arts student, Charlie, attended a red carpet event at Birmingham Hippodrome recently. 
Charlie supported the award-winning Transition Stage Company as a crew member at their screenwriting competition awards, Enter.Stage.Write 2024 on Thursday 24 January.
The awards is an exclusive opportunity for writers, boosting their visibility and allowing them to share their work with the arts and theatre community. During the evening, five selected scripts came to life before an audience and panel of star-studded judges from the worlds of TV, broadcasting and the stage.
Charlie smiling on the red carpet
Charlie, who joined the College as a residential student in 2019 said: "The event was such an incredible experience, it celebrated diversity and inclusion, and provided a great opportunity to network with a variety of people from the creative arts industry."
During his time at QAC, Charlie studied Performing Arts before progressing onto the College's Supported Internship programme. As a residential student, Charlie was able to further develop his independent living and social skills, supported by QAC's experienced residential team.
Since leaving College in July 2023, Charlie has remained in Birmingham and moved onto QAC’s supported living option, Independence Plus. He also works as a paid freelance assistant drama practitioner at the Open Theatre, collaborating with young people with learning disabilities through non-verbal physical theatre, allowing young people to demonstrate their individual talents and styles. Charlie is involved in the Open Theatre's Friday Group at the Birmingham REP and OneOfAKind at Birmingham Hippodrome.
In September 2023, Charlie returned to his former secondary School in East Sussex to deliver some motivational talks to the staff and pupils about what he has achieved since leaving school. Later this month, Charlie will be visiting University College Birmingham as a guest speaker to deliver a talk about his life, achievements and experiences to Health and Social Care students who want to work with young people with SEND in the future. 
Well done, Charlie - we are very proud of you, and your fantastic achievements and personal growth. We look forward to receiving further updates as you continue to achieve your goals, inspire those around you and thrive in various aspects of life!
QAC empowers young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities to achieve their ambitions and to lead fulfilling lives. The charity achieves this by offering a comprehensive range of services, including residential support, specialised education, community engagement, and enterprises. It is thanks to charitable donations that projects such as our sports hall, music wellbeing provision, community integration activities and site improvements, to name just a few, are able to happen - enabling QAC to support young adults with a diverse range of abilities and needs through an innovative and holistic approach to learning and support.