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Accessibility Options

All young people should have the opportunity to be involved in their community.

Young people who access early help funding through Disability Services are encouraged to use this to help access community activities and gain skills for adult life, including experience of work.  Find out more about the local short break offer

Volunteering can be great fun and can help young people to develop skills and gain experience of work, often in a supportive setting. Volunteering can be on a short or long term basis. There are lots of ways to get involved. School or college may be able to help. There are local volunteering agencies who can help with information about opportunities. You can also search for volunteering opportunities on Do-it  and vInspired.

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all young people that builds skills and confidence and helps them to get ahead in work and life. The programme also helps connect young people to their local community through social action projects designed and delivered by themselves. NCS is for young people aged 15 - 17, but young people with additional needs or disabilities can be up to 25 years old. You can find out more on the NCS East website.  

Locally there are opportunities for all children and young people to take part in a wide range of sport and leisure activities.  Find out more about things to do in Cambridgeshire.

Switch Socials: are social events for  people aged 16-30 who have a learning difficulty / disability.  You can pop along for a taster session to see if it's for you.  There is a termly fee for Switch Socials, which covers the costs of activities, etc. Alternatively the cost for each session is £6.  Please email [email protected] for more information or check out the website for more information and dates: http://www.switchnow.org.uk/switch-social/

Phoenix Club Night:  A regular Disco, bar, cafe, sensory room for young people 18+ with learning disabilities plus family member held at Horizon Resource Centre, 285 Coldhams Lane, Cambridge CB13HY  Tickets cost £5.00 and carers can attend for free. To find out more and get dates phone: 01223 714700 or check out the face book page https://www.facebook.com/The-Funky-Phoenix-1449971835222353/

The safer places scheme supports vulnerable people in our communities. We work alongside VoiceAbility and the Speak Out Council to support safer places in Cambridgeshire.

A ‘safer place’ is a local business or organisation that volunteers to be a designated place of safety for people seeking refuge in times of stress, threat or vulnerability. Safer places display stickers in their windows to tell people they are taking part in the scheme.

A person needing help can then show their stay safe card to a member of staff who will take appropriate action to help them. The card tells people exactly what to do to help the person. This includes their name, the contact details of the person they need to get in touch with and what to do if you cannot get hold of them. To get your own card, please contact VoiceAbility on;

The Mental health Foundation has an easy read guide for people with learning disabilities on how to stay safe on social media and online. Cerebra has a guide for parents carers on learning disabilities, autism and staying safe online.

SENDIASS offers impartial information and advice for families who have a child with special educational needs or emerging needs.

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