The Youth Inclusion Hub offers support, training and resources to assist individuals or groups in becoming more inclusive, such as working with young people with a disability.
What is the Youth Inclusion Hub?
The Youth Inclusion Hub supports youth workers in promoting inclusion in mainstream youth clubs and activities. We advise on matters concerning inclusive youth work in Northern Ireland, such as working with young people with a disability. Read about other organisations' inclusive practice.
The Hub is a combined project between Mencap, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Lilac Project, Disability Sports Northern Ireland (DSNI), Cedar Foundation and the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS).
What does the Youth Inclusion Hub do?
- Makes a real difference to the lives of young people with a disability by helping youth clubs and organisations to be inclusive of all young people regardless of their abilities.
- Promotes equality, fairness and the right to access opportunities available to young people.
- Shares existing knowledge, experience and expertise in providing inclusive youth work for children and young people with a disability in Northern Ireland.
How does the Youth Inclusion Hub work?
The Hub provides three different areas of training:
- Free disability and inclusive awareness training - both OCN level 1 and non-accredited for youth workers, volunteers, children and young people from across Northern Ireland. Read feedback from professionals who have undergone training.
- Buddy training for non-disabled young people - to raise awareness of the nature and effect of disability, with a view to helping non-disabled young people in clubs and groups to be more sensitive to the needs of their peers who have a disability.
- Understanding behaviours that challenge and improving how we respond to that behaviour - to raise awareness and understanding of challenging behaviour, how to recognise the stages of a crisis, and how to respond.
The following resources have been developed to support youth workers in promoting inclusion:
- Inclusion Audit Tool - a step-by-step guide for mainstream youth groups and other organisations that shows you what actions you need to take to become more inclusive of young people with a disability.
- Inclusive Resource Library - the Inclusive Resource Library has been developed to help support young people with sensory impairments, physical and learning disabilities to participate more fully in group activities, as well as gaining independence in everyday tasks and skills. The library is designed to help organisations become more inclusive.
- Access all Areas Tool Kit - Youthnet NI has developed a resource called the Access all Areas Tool Kit for organisations and individuals working with young people. The resource consists of a series of chapters that helps examine current practices, and improve engagement with young people from a variety of backgrounds.
- Disability Sports NI (DSNI) Training Courses - DSNI has developed a Disability Sports NI Training and Sports Leadership Framework to deliver a range of training courses that can assist and support organisations and clubs in meeting their responsibilities.
- Organisations across Northern Ireland - a list of organisations that provide support to people with a disability, and their families and carers.
- Criteria for inclusion - information designed to assist your group become inclusive, including a checklist for inclusion.
Find more information about youth inclusion, including advice and support:
- Information and advice
- Family support
- CREDability event
- Inclusion Audit Tool
- Have Your Say event
- Disability Awareness Training feedback
- Criteria for inclusion
- Case studies of inclusive practice across Northern Ireland
Youth Inclusion Hub Coordinator, Mencap NI
Telephone: 028 90 690151