Under The Stars started in April 2007, when a group of like-minded people met together to organise a nightclub for people with learning disabilities, who were asking for a proper night out. Our first nightclub was run in Sheffield at The HUBS (the old National Centre for Popular Music and now Sheffield Hallam’s students’ union) and 350 people came from all across Yorkshire. Since then we have run over 50 nightclubs in Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham and attract crowds of 550 to our bigger club events.
Our name and logo were chosen and designed by people with a learning disability and are now well known. An army of volunteers was recruited, trained and CRB checked and they now help to ensure the night runs safely. In 2008, we set up as a social enterprise with a board of directors.
In September 2010 we started to offer our innovative music workshops, which have expanded every year. We currently offer music workshops four days a week, 45 weeks a year.