The main service we offer through this project is developing and supporting disabled young adults –13-18 years old, to develop a life and form friendships outside of their family home and school environment. Disabled young adults need support to continue and build on friendships with people they’ve known since they were 5 years old. As many young people are transported into school and college, opportunities to meet up with others are limited. FandPT find out about your child’s friends while they are still with their peers. Then FandPT assist families to support these friendships by enabling young people to meet up with the help of volunteers. We help families arrange meetings, perhaps pooling resources from other families to support friendships outside of the school environment.
Many young people want to have their friends round or to spend time with them. We have found that our referrals are from social workers, schools, colleges and other parents as they are aware that the person they support are not happy, are feeling isolated and do not have a life of their own outside their families or school. Many young people we meet have never been out with their friend, never had a friend round and have no way of supporting this due to their disability.
A major aspect of our role is building up trust with the families, looking at activities in the community that are inclusive and building in relationships with carers to support friends either coming round to their home for tea or for meeting up and going out.
We have lowered the age limit to 13 years old as from feedback from families we learned that by the time we get involved a lot of work is needed to be done. Building up confidence both with the young person and their families, enabling carers to be comfortable with letting go and helping families to move on, encouraging the young person to look at options and being able to choose activities for themselves are all part of the role of FandPT.
We provide a range of activities for 18 years and under during the holidays with their friends. Young people decide what they want to do. Last half term it was RollaCity. This half term its Adventure Island and Halloween ghost walk.
We also provide a youth club that is currently held every Wednesday night from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Please contact Jay on 07904271027. If you would like to contact us please click here.