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Out and About Project

Out and About Project

Out&About4Teenage years can be tricky – more so if you have a child with additional needs. Most of our teenagers may want to go out in the evening and have fun with people of the same age, but they still need supervising, they may not have friends who they can go out with and they may not relish an evening out with their middle-aged parents/carers!

Our Out and About Project is for teenagers between 14 and 18 years. We organise local events/outings each month and invite members of the Out and About Project to come along. This is anything from bowling, swimming, live music, cinema, eating out, disco, snooker, theatre, theme park, evening walks…. Basically anything your youngsters would like to do.

Out&AboutPlaces are allocated through a self-referral system. Your social worker may also make an application on your behalf as may your Lead Professional If you would like to speak to somebody about this project just phone the Weekenders Office (0113 2165133) and we will be happy to answer any of your questions. Once you have completed and returned our application form we can begin inviting the young person to join our group activities. Most importantly, tell us on the form what your teenager would like to do. We very much want this to be based on the preferences of our young people.

Working from the information you give us, we will arrange the outings. We will invite your teenager by letter/e mail along with details of the outing.

Out&About8We have trained and experienced staff who already work for us at the Weekenders Club. We staff each trip according to need. Our usual group outing comprises 8 young people and 5 staff but there is space on the form to indicate if you want your teenager to have one-to-one supervision.

We receive funding from Children’s Social Care but also ask families to contribute towards the cost of each outing; which ranges from £10 to £20, depending on the type of event.

We have about three outings each month in the evening during term time. In school holidays we organise day-time outings and are more adventurous with full days out further afield. Typical outings are theatre trips, cinema & McDonalds, Pizza Hut & bowling, girls pamper evenings, Lads’ Nights Out (Northern Snooker Centre), Lightwater Valley, BBQ’s, picnic in the park with games and social evenings at Mencap with film nights, games, karaoke, making pizzas, fish and chip suppers and themed craft evenings

Our website gives details of events planned as well as photographs from past events and there is a downloadable application form.

Download the Out & About leaflet

Download your admission pack