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The Project aims to provide young people with a mild to moderate learning or physical disability, or an additional need, with the opportunity to engage in a variety of planned activities as part of an inclusive and supportive group setting.  This enables young people to interact and socialise with other peers on a regular basis. A focus is on improving life skills for all young people; including building confidence, independence, friendships and developing socialisation, communication skills, and preparing for employment.

Hampshire Youth Project staff are trained to support young people and accommodate their needs during each activity, regardless of their level of ability, physical or otherwise. 

Activities for the project include bowling, wall climbing, swimming, playing pool, visiting the cinema, and enjoying meals out. We do regular cooking sessions with baking being a huge favourite, and we really love our drama. Some of our longer day trips have included a visit to Science Fiction and Comic Cons, the Theatre, as well as a summer visit to Thorpe Park.

We love our young people to get involved in planning and are always very happy to receive any input from our attendees in making our programme the best it can be.

All activities for the project usually take place at the weekend, usually on a Saturday with the occasional Sunday.

There is no obligation to attend all activities; parents and carers are free to register their son/daughter for as many activities as they please.

Once a referral to our Project has been made – this can be by a parent, the young person themselves or a professional – we arrange a Home Visit to meet the family and have a chat about our Project and what we can offer. A minibus service is also provided to accommodate for long distance trips. However most of our sessions will usually take place in SE Hampshire, and if you are unable to find transport to and from the activities then speak to a member of staff as we may be able to help in exceptional circumstances.

As an extension to the project; Hampshire Youth Project Enterprises (HYPE) offers a variety of supported volunteering and work experience activities designed to increase each young person’s employability skills. We also offer workshops on CV and interview skills working in partnership with local organisations and providers.

If you are interested in your young person being involved with Hampshire Youth Project, please contact the Project Leader by calling during office hours on 023 9267 1847 or sending an email to hampshireyp@enableability.org.uk

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