OTB Choices


    "I would be lost  without     

                      the arts project"

          "Choices is great!"


Welcome to Outside the Box Choices Project! In 2014 we established a new service for adults and young people with a learning disability. The Arthouse project launched in the August and by October had 14 members. Now in 2017 demand for the service continues to grow. Our aim is to provide meaningful activities, enabling our members to improve their lives by learning new skills, building confidence and having fun! The project currently offers a wide range of creative, art and wellbeing activities including: arts and crafts, photography, music, drama gardening, and OTB Active. We recently changed our name to OTB Choices due to the many different sessions and activities we now offer. 


 We also offer a 12 week Independent living programme providing members with the skills and support needed for them to live more independent lives...including: budgeting, cleaning, shopping and personal hygiene plus many more! We hope to run another course in 2018, please get in touch if you would be intersted in reserving places for this. 


We are busy developing the workshops that we offer at Choices so that members can have more opportunities to learn new skills and expand their creative expression. For example, we are planning to introduce a number of sessions in health and wellbeing. 


As of 2018, we started OTB Digital, on a Friday morning 9.30-12.30pm, offering the chance for our members to learn more about using a computer, basic functions, social media and safety plus lots more. 


The next exciting chapter in the Outside the Box story is the development of The Arthouse Shop which opened November 2017.


The Arthouse Shop is based at 10 Church Street, Ilkley, just around the corner from the café. It provides Outside the Box with a new and exciting outlet to showcase the diverse talents and abilities of our members, adults with a learning disability. It provides a unique range of arts-based gifts made and inspired by our members.  A range of cards, prints and small gifts will be on offer, alongside a selection of our OTB  jams and chutneys.  There will be lots of new and exciting product lines moving forward all developed with our members.  All profits from the shop will go directly to the charity and be used to support our members. In addition to the shop, Outside the Box use the premises to deliver a programme of creative workshops including arts, crafts and photography, for adults and young people with a learning disability. Take a look here for more information on choices here.

You can also contact us on 01943 602004 outsidetheboxarthouse@gmail.com



9:30-12:30: Art Attic

1:00-4:00: Crafts Galore    


5.00-7.00: Dance


9:30-12:30: Music Box

1:00-4:00: Photography


9.30-12.30: OTB Active

1.00-4.00: Screen Printing 

4:30-6:30: Drama   

Friday9.30-12.30 OTB Digital
1.00-4.00:  Gardening



"I like the music sessions, we learn fun songs." 




"I am learning to  make new craft things"


If you would like any further information about OTB ChoicesProject, volunteering with us or know somebody with a learning disability who would love to come and join the project for a free taster session please get in touch with project manager Emma, on: outsidetheboxarthouse@gmail.com or call: 01943 431173.