About Shine Out on Saturdays

Shine Out on Saturdays is a fun drama and art club for young people with learning disabilities and/or autism, aged 6-17. We use drama, dance and art to develop self-confidence and social skills. The project also provides a great opportunity for young people interested in drama and art to meet others with similar interests and make friends. Shine Out encourages creativity in a safe place with a positive and supportive environment.

This year we have a circus theme and we are welcoming expert performers – specialising in circus skills, puppetry, hula hooping and much more – to come in and train with the children.

Children will be actively involved in designing the show, costumes and will showcase their new skills in a live public performance at a Sheffield theatre. Please check our website and Facebook to keep updated on this exciting new project.

Each week we have a break time, where we offer drinks, fruit, toast and crumpets. Children queue up and ask for their snack and drink. We ask that parents remain in the parents’ room during this time, as this is also an important opportunity to support and develop communication and social interaction.

Parents, carers & guardians

We have a dedicated room for parents, carers & guardians at Norfolk Lodge, where you can have a cuppa and a chat to others, knowing your child is in having fun in a safe environment. Throughout the year, our Service Manager will drop into the parent’s room at scheduled times to maintain regular contact, collect feedback, offer support and to answer any questions you have.

Meet the team


When does it run?

  • Delivery dates: Saturday mornings during school term time only
  • Time: 10am-12pm
  • Length of attendance: One school year, September to July
  • Venue: Norfolk Lodge
  • Cost: £3 per session. This is charged per term and is payable at the start of each new term.

Sheffield Mencap & Gateway does not want anyone to be excluded because of the cost to attend our services. Please speak to the Children’s Services Coordinator or Service Manager if you feel this applies to you.


  • Age: 6-17
  • Abilities: This session is delivered in a teaching space where children are supported to join in with tabletop activities. Sessions contain short and varied range of activities to keep children engaged. Communicate is best suited to children who are able to remain in one room for 45 minutes at a time.

Unfortunately, due to staffing numbers, we cannot provide 1-1 support.
We do not provide personal care, if your child requires personal care we would ask you to stop the duration of the session, in our dedicated parent’s room or be contactable by telephone.

What people think about this service

Activities to do at home

During lockdown we worked with children from Shine Out and they sent in some videos of the circus skills they have developed so far.