Thanks to the lifting of Covid restrictions, teenagers with special educational needs have been able to return to enjoying Awesome Nights, the youth club operated by Diverse Abilities.
Those aged from 13 to 18 can take part in a variety of activities including swimming, meals and trips out, movie nights, games, crafts, and themed activities.
Clare Rochford, children’s team manager for Short Breaks, said: “Awesome Nights is a place where you can get together with friends, have fun, and enjoy activities with support staff on hand to help out when needed.”
Families are able to self-refer their teenagers for the activity nights by emailing email@example.com and one of the team will be in touch to complete the registration process. The service is available to children who live in a Dorset Council postcode.
Activities are alternated each week between The Families Centre in West Moors, with a cinema room, sensory room, games consoles and kitchen facilities, and out in the community. During the sessions based at West Moors, the team usually have a themed night chosen by the young people and tends to always involve food in some way.
Clare said: “We like to get out and about in the community as it helps the young people to build their confidence and independence, while also working on their social and life skills. Sometimes we’ll go out for archery or climbing, and other weeks we’ll catch a bus into town or go out for dinner at pubs and restaurants.”
Sessions cost between £3 and £6 depending on the week’s planned activities. Visit diverseabilities.org.uk/awesome-nights for more details about the upcoming activities and how to get involved.
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