Young people together offers a new type of summer scheme, designed to meet the needs of individual young people. It aims to reach young people with learning, behavioural or communication difficulties who find it hard to join mainstream summer schemes. All those involved must attend mainstream schools in Coleraine or Dungannon.
The overall aims of Young People Together are to:
- improve the physical and emotional well being of children and young people who face challenges in mainstream education due to a range of emotional and physical difficulties or disabilities
- provide support to their carers
- promote tolerance and inclusion within their local communities.
The project also hopes to bring about a change in the provision of out of school activities, to make them more accessible for this marginalised and disadvantaged group.
Mencap will deliver the project in partnership with Autism NI and the Southern Education and Library Board. As a result of our work:
- At least 350 children and young people will feel sufficiently confident and safe to use mainstream community facilities.
- Around 530 children and young people will feel better and be physically and mentally healthier. This will be achieved through increased participation in physical activities and better understanding of health-related issues, such as healthy eating, personal relationships and substance misuse.
- Around 530 children and young people will develop increased confidence, social skills, enthusiasm and self esteem, which will enable them to engage more successfully in their formal education, to relate more positively to their peers and to cope better with problems such as bullying.
- At least 350 family carers will experience improved physical and emotional well being through participation in carers' activities such as relaxation and stress management, access to advice and information on health issues and additional respite from their caring responsibilities.
- Community facilities such as community halls, leisure centres, playgrounds and parks in at least nine local areas will become more accessible, safer and more welcoming to children and young people with learning, behavioural, emotional and physical disabilities and difficulties.
- Around 420 staff and volunteers in local schools or community facilities will be more confident and enthusiastic about including children and young people with a disability in their activities, including extended schools programmes, as a result of training, support and their involvement in this project.
- Read information for parents about the project.
The project will work towards producing a best practice guide at the end of the programme.
Who to contact
To find out more about the Young people together project, please contact:
Telephone: 028 2766 6666