Extant is Britain's leading professional performing arts company of visually impaired people. From July 2015 Extant has successfully extended its Participation Programme from London to two new regions of the UK: Birmingham and Manchester. These areas have been identified to increase engagement with visually impaired individuals and to further artistic opportunities with associated organisations. Led by Extant’s newly appointed Participation Programme Manager Jodie Stus, Performing Arts workshops have been up and running since January 2016. The value of these workshops and courses is to give individuals a creative platform through which their voices can be heard and explore their artistic interests in a safe and friendly environment. The workshops are designed to be accessible and, where possible, delivered by a professional visually impaired facilitator.