Children and young people with disabilities can have difficulties making and keeping friendships. RSF have set up a number of groups where they can meet new friends and improve their social skills.
JUNIOR CLUB FOR 8 TO 12 YEAR OLDS
A regular club at which a group of around 10 to 15 children with special needs are supported by sessional workers and access many activities including swimming, ten pin bowling and trips out. There are 2 separate groups, one on Monday evenings and one on Saturday mornings.
The sessions are every fortnight for 2 hours from Easter to October and once a month for 4 hours from November to March. The group is fun and aims to build confidence and let children form new friendships. The Junior Club is supported by BBC Children in Need and is free to attend.
YOUTH GROUP FOR 13 TO 18 YEAR OLDS
A weekly youth group for young people with special needs and disabilities. Based in Pickering, North Yorkshire at Atmosphere Youth Centre, it meets on a Thursday evening at 6.30 to 8.30pm. Regular activities are available including music, pool, table football and arts and crafts.
OVER 18s FOR 18 TO 25 YEARS
A regular group for our older members, this group provides a programme of social and leisure events combined with activities designed to promote Independence. The group take responsibility for their own programme and fund-raising and is supported by North Yorkshire County Council’s Innovation Fund.
CINEMA CLUB FOR 15 TO 23 YEARS
A fortnightly group for young people to meet and watch a film in Atmosphere Youth Centre, Pickering.
DRY BAR FOR 12 TO 19 YEARS
Ryedale4Youth (North Yorkshire County Council's youth service) run regular open access youth groups throughout Ryedale. Our sessional workers can support young people with special needs and disabilities at these sessions. Weekly sessions are run in Norton and Pickering.