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18 UP

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On site club nights and outings to exciting activities including swimming, bowling, cinema, and shopping to name a few. Make friends and have fun at this stimulating youth project.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Chris Clark-Swaine
07827 989315

Where to go

18 UP
KAYAC Centre, Winnall Valley Road
SO23 0LD

Other Details


Age Ranges
18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

Local Offer

Local Offer
What does your service do?

The 18 Up offers once a month days out to places such as theme parks, theatre trips, cinema and bowling and sporting activities. This takes place once a month on the last Friday of every month. More information about these services can be found on [ KIDS website] We offer quality youth provision for disabled young people aged 18-25 years with moderate learning disabilities. We also run a group on the at the start of the month were we discuss and talk about relationships and sexuality, we do this through games, workshops and discussions to ensure the young people are given the right tools to support them when making life decisions to ensure their safety. The group size is between 10-15 young people with a minimum of 2 staff. The service is unable to offer 1:1 support – individual young people’s support needs can be discussed at the time of enquiry. If this service is not deemed appropriate we signpost to other services where possible.

Who does your service provide for?

This club is open to young people who have a disability, additional needs and need support to participate fully in play and leisure activities. You must live in Hampshire or be in education within Hampshire. Those who are 19 years or younger must have or be applying for a Gateway Card. This can be applied for here The club supports young people aged 18-25. The services can support young people with a wide range of needs, this includes young people with Learning difficulties, ASD, Downs syndrome, wheelchair users and those who have medical needs though this is not an exhaustive list. The staff team are experienced, competent and are willing and able to access additional training if required to support a young person’s individual needs. We are unable to offer 1:1 support.

How can I start using the service?

OurReferrals to this scheme are usually made by the parent/carer or young person but can come from other professionals. If a young person wishes to access KIDS schemes then contact with the senior practitioner should be made. A portfolio form is completed – this form gives us the information we need to support the young person’s individual needs. The form can be sent out by post or via email. Home visits are also available if needed. Young people are unable to begin attending the club prior to the completion of the portfolio form. The relationship and sexuality club cost is £3.00 per session payable on the night. Outings are priced at £20.00 to cover some of the cost of travel and entrance fee’s. We do not currently operate a waiting list but there may be a delay in starting if sessions are already full. If sessions are full then a cancellation list is operated. We try to offer sessions to young people on a fair allocation system and ensure that everyone is able to access the service.

Where is it located and what areas does it cover?

The youth club is located at the Kayac Centre, Winchester. The service mainly supports young people from Winchester and surrounding areas (including Eastleigh and Basingstoke) but anyone within Hampshire can access it if they have a gateway card and the club is suitable for that young person

How are decisions made about who can use your service?

In order to access 18 Up club all young people must be aged between 18 and 25 years and be living or in Education in Hampshire. We will discuss with parents/carers and other professionals relevant to the referral as to the suitability of the clubs for the individual young person. Once a young person is on the books for the service they will receive information on upcoming trips and activities in a timely manner. Spaces on these sessions are then allocated fairly. Spaces can be booked by phone/email/text/in person. Once the allotted spaces are filled we operate a cancellation list. As stated previously this scheme does not have capacity to offer 1:1 support – this would be assessed along with the family and young person at the time of enquiry by completing the necessary portfolio and a risk assessment. If it is deemed that this service is not appropriate then we will aim to signpost to another service or work with the family to try and come up with a solution or way to support the young person.

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making?

We value feedback and young people’s input highly and encourage all to put their ideas/opinions across. The staff team have knowledge of different communication methods including Makaton and PECS and are able to present information in these formats if needed. Young people are engaged with planning and work as a team to plan their outing. Young people are given information on future session to enable them to opt in to and out based on their preferences We hold a termly ‘parent forum’ at our Fareham centre and invite all KIDS parents and carers to come along for coffee and a chat about how we can improve our services and better meet the needs of families.

Is your service fully accessible?

The site is accessible and all on one ground floor level. There are ramps and accessible toilet facilities however there is no facility for hoisting nor any change beds. With the monthly out and about session we strive to make the trips meet the needs of the young people accessing. Prior to a trip we check accessibility of the venue and complete a risk assessment accordingly. If we are unsure of any elements around accessibility of a trip then we contact families/young people to discuss. We try and work together to find ways to work around any barriers presented.

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEN and Disabilities had or are having?

KIDS has its own unique e-Learning programme (used by approximately 25 local authorities). Levels 1 and 2 are mandatory for all workers. Level 4 courses need to be undertaken in order to work with children that have specific conditions: 1 Introduction to working with disabled children and young people 1 Your legal responsibilities when working with disabled children and young people 1 Child protection 2 Understanding your role and responsibilities 2 Personal care 2 Communicating with children and young people 2 Developing relationships with children and young people 2 First Aid 2 Health and safety 2 Understanding and managing risk 4 Makaton 4 Medication and medical care: children and young people with multiple health requirements 4 Working with disabled young people 14+ 4 PECS 4 British Sign Language New workers shadow experienced staff and we offer a rolling training programme on areas such as first aid, administration of medication, epilepsy, manual handling, Team Teach, safeguarding and Makaton which supplements our e-Learning. We can also attend to any additional training which may be required for us to support a young person’s specific needs.

How will I know my child is safe?

Prior to a child / young person accessing the service a thorough portfolio form is completed. This gives us all of the relevant information to enable us to safely support the individual needs of the child / young person. All KIDS staff and volunteers undergo a robust recruitment process and an enhanced DBS check. References are verified prior to commencing work and staff then undertake a full induction programme. Regular staff training ensures that staff adhere to best practice at all times in accordance with the legal and regulatory environment and KIDS policies and procedures. All activities and venues are risk assessed and checked by a KIDS manager/co-ordinator.

Who can I contact for further information?

Your first point of contact for this service is our Senior Practitioner: Chris Clark-Swaine. Tel: 01329 312312 or 07827 989315 Email: [] We will be able to give information on the service, start the referral process and answer any queries/concerns you may have regarding the suitability. If you have any queries that cannot be answered by club staff and would like to speak to the co-ordinator or manager of the service then you can do so by using the following contact details: Sharon Barr – Service Manager Tel: 01329 312312 Email: [] Vicki Gates – Service Co-ordinator Tel: 01329 321312 Email: []

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