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 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, 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) and a Young Adults With Autism (YAWA) group which meets fortnightly at Hiltingbury Community Centre on a Thursday from 7.00 to 9.00pm. The group is for young adults aged 18-35 and offers the chance to socialise and have fun.
For more information contact the Project Coordinator, email info@friendsofintouch.org.uk

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 DBS.

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, Sarah Schlesinger, phone: (01489) 780440, email: sarah.schlesinger@hedgeend-tc.gov.uk 

In Romsey:

The Allsorts Club

Run by Youth in Romsey, Allsorts is a youth club for young people aged 12-19 that offers membership to young people with special needs of  varying kinds, and many of their young people have Autism including Asperger syndrome.
They run the club every Wednesday from 6.00pm to 7:45pm (term time only) at Youth in Romsey, Southampton Road, Romsey, SO51 8AF. Allsorts Youth Club is the perfect opportunity to make new friends and to develop social skills whilst having a good time. It is also a fantastic chance to meet other people and to develop confidence and self-esteem. Activities they provide include art, pool, xbox, board games and team games.
For further information visit www.yir.org.uk


Also in Romsey:

The Saturday Club

Held at The Romsey School, Greatbridge, Romsey, SO51 8ZB
It is held once a month, contact them for dates. 10.00am to 12.30pm. £5 per session.
They offer a variety of activities: construction, cooking, arts & crafts, Wii, games and a different theme each month.
Open to Year 6 to Year 11 pupils on the autism spectrum attending mainstream school.

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

The South Hampshire Branch is a self-funded branch of the National Autistic Society and run entirely by volunteers.

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