When young people come through the doors of the club for the very first time, it is the start of a journey of a lifetime. We offer a safe, nurturing and inspiring centre for young people to grow and develop. The Inclusion Team helps ensure everything we have to offer is available to all young people, especially those who are most vulnerable including young people with disabilities, young carers and looked after children.
We open our doors seven days a week, across nine sessions and there is always Somewhere to go, Something to do, Someone to talk to.
The Inclusion team are present during all of our youth club sessions, which are divided into Juniors and Seniors.
Through staff and volunteers – we offer additional support so any young person can get involved, including an introduction to the Club and individual personal development plans.
We are looking for volunteers to support with the delivery of these sessions. This role may include 1-2-1 work with members or supporting the delivery of group activities at the Club as well as on trips. This volunteer role would be ideal for those with a passion to support young people with disabilities, those with experience in this area wishing to further their skills or individuals studying for a relevant qualification, such as Health and Social Care. For more information, please visit the Become a Volunteer page.
To help provide support to those that may need it, the Inclusion team engage with young people through a variety of methods. Below is a little bit of information on some of these methods.
For some young people that access our Club, it can be difficult to make decisions and each young person with a disability has varied needs. We want to make the time spent at the Club for each young person as fun as possible. For some of our young people we have put in place a number of different interventions to encourage independence when accessing our provision. There are a range of communication-based, behavioural and educational approaches used to support people with disabilities, including approaches such as PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and sensory integration.
Through expressive play opportunities we like our young people to be given the chance to participate in artistic activities as part of expressive play. Expressive play may take the form of music therapy, drama therapy, and ‘messy’ expressive art therapy. While creativity and artistic expression are important parts of expressive therapy, they are secondary to the goal of achieving a therapeutic benefit.
Time to Talk
A chance for our inclusion members to take part in discussion groups and workshops around a number of issues that affect young people, such as access to education, employment and health care. On occasion, young people can find themselves at the receiving end of negative attitudes from other people. ‘Time to Talk’, gives our members the freedom to talk to people in similar situations to themselves in a safe and welcoming environment without fear of being judged or discriminated against.
A Level Playing Field and CADS (Childrens Abled and Disabled Sports)
A Level Playing Field is a new partnership project between Bolton Lads and Girls Club and Seashell Trust, which aims to support over 1,200 disabled young people, aged 8-21 yr olds. The project has been launched to address issues of limited facilities or services close to home for families with disabled children. The focus of the project will be for Bolton Lads and Girls Club to get disabled young people involved in inclusive sports and recreational activities such as football, badminton, basketball, climbing, dancing and creative activities to increase their experience of independence. Bolton Lads and Girls Club will also benefit from resources that will enable young people with disabilities to access their Holiday Club provision.
If you or a young person you know would like to get involved or find out more, please contact us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01204 540100.