Local Teenage Youth Clubs suitable for young people with ASD 


In Eastleigh:

Next Generation Socialization (NGS) - Fair Oak

NGS at Fair Oak is run by Friends of in touch and is open during term-time:

Tuesday nights, 6.30 to 8.30pm at Yzone Youth Centre, Blackberry Drive, Fair Oak, Eastleigh, Hants. 
Referrals only - a referral can be made by parents/carers or professionals.

It is a project that supports emotionally and socially vulnerable children and young people with autistic spectrum conditions, and behaviours associated with them. The young people are aged 13 to 21 years and are encouraged to be involved in the planning of the sessions, and to join in as much as they feel able to.

Content of sessions has included; team building activities, bowling trip, themed cooking evenings, BBQ & rounders, quiz nights, issue based sessions on, drugs & alcohol awareness, sexual health, keeping safe, internet safety, personal awareness and safety.

They also have informal evenings where the young people can use the Youth Centres facilities such as, play pool, Nintendo, Playstation, use the sports hall, or sit in the chill out room. In addition they eat out at a restaurant once a term to encourage young people to develop social skills, so they will order from the menu, sit down together and eat a meal, with the support of four trained staff who come from a youth and social work background.

Friends of In Touch also run a Junior Youth Club for children aged 9 to 13 on the same Tuesday evenings from 4.30 to 6.00pm.
 
For more information contact Chris Parsons, email chris@friendsofintouch.org.uk

In Hamble:

Next Generation Socialization (NGS) - Hamble


Thursday nights, 6.30 to 9.00pm at HYPE, Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4HS
Referrals only - a referral can be made by parents/carers or professionals.

It is a project for young people with Social and Communication difficulties of which a large proportion of the group are on the Autistic spectrum. Young People are aged 13 to 18 years and are encouraged to be involved in the planning of the sessions, and to join in as much as they feel able to.

Content of sessions has included; team building activities, off site trip’s, cooking evenings, And healthy Eating work shops, BBQ & Sports evenings weather depending, quiz nights, issue based sessions on, drugs & alcohol awareness, sexual health, keeping safe, internet safety, arts and crafts, games, trips, music, (DJ Station) residential camp and the use of Fairthorne Manor, VIP access to Winchester science centre. (we are always open to new suggestions)

They have a very informal soft lit centre where the young people can use the Youth facilities such as, play pool, PS4/Xbox, sports equipment, or the chill out room. On occasions they may eat out at a restaurant or in a setting to encourage young people to develop social skills, so they can order from the menu, sit down together and eat a meal, with the support trained staff who come from a youth and social work background.

The cost for this session is £1.00

For more information contact Steve Watson, email: steve.watson@ymca-fg.org  
Phone Hype: 07835494421 This is a static phone at the centre if you leave a message it will be returned 
http://www.ymca-fg.org/southampton-youth-work/


In Hedge End:

The Friday Night Project

Weekly youth Group for young people aged 11 to 21 years with mild/moderate learning/physical difficulties, Autistic Spectrum conditions or confidence issues, every Friday, 6.30pm to 9.00pm at Youth @ The Community Hub. Term time only.

The aim of the group is to support young people to engage in a range of activities, enabling them to reach their full potential. At ‘The Friday Night Project’ young people will be able to take part in cookery, arts and crafts, games, trips, computer use, music, recreation and a summer camp! (Additional costs incurred for trips/summer camp). Membership fees are £2.00 per week.

Youth @ The Community Hub is based at the entrance to the Wildern school site located on Wildern Lane, Hedge End, Southampton. The youth project is run by staff/volunteers who offer a wealth of experience in working with young people with additional needs. All staff/volunteers hold a valid and enhanced CRB certificate.

Membership to the group is by referral only. This may be through School, Parents, Young Person or Partner Agency. For more information or a referral form please contact the Youth Team Leader, Donna Brewer, phone: 01489 789638, email: donna.love@hedgeend-tc.gov.uk


In Romsey:

The Allsorts Club

Run by Youth in Romsey, Allsorts is a youth club that offers membership to young people with special needs of  varying kinds, and many of their young people have Autism including Asperger syndrome.
 
They are currently staffed by Hampshire County Council Youth Workers plus up to five volunteer workers.
 
The age range is 11 to 25, and the more able older ones are encouraged to become 'young workers' where they will help with some of the aspects of running the club (for example, the tuck shop and putting things out, etc.) but they still take part and enjoy all the benefits as members. New members are normally taken in at the younger end of the age bracket.
 
The club sessions run on Wednesdays during term time from 18:30 to 20:30 in the Youth Wing of Romsey School. They have a large main room plus a 'quiet' room, and a meeting room. They have the usual youth club facilities and encourage participation and socialisation. They offer one to one support on an ad hoc basis where appropriate, however they do not currently offer continual one to one support for particular individuals. In the summer they use the playing fields outside for outdoor games and in the winter sometimes use the gym for indoor games.
 
They run an annual Christmas pantomime trip to London which also includes a restaurant meal and run occasional day and evening trips (for example) Bowling, Swimming, theme parks, etc., when funds allow.  In previous years they have run a three day summer residential trips to (for example) Little Canada, The Isle of Wight, and PGL (Weymouth).
 
All applications for membership and (when needed) the waiting list, are managed by Wendy Herbert, the Youth Club leader, who can be contact at Youth in Romsey (Youth Drop In Centre) on 01794 500581, email: wendy.yir@gmail.com.

 

Also in Romsey:

The Saturday Club

Held at The Romsey School, Greatbridge, Romsey, SO51 8ZB
 
Meeting on the third Saturday of every month, 10.00am to 12.30pm. £5 per session.
 
A wide variety of activities available with a themed activity each month.
Open to Year 6 to Year 11 pupils on the autism spectrum attending mainstream school.

For more information contact: jwest@romsey.hants.sch.uk, Tel:  01794 512334







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