The Inclusion Team are present during all our youth club sessions, which are divided into Juniors and Seniors.
Staff and volunteers offer additional support so that any young person can get involved, especially those who are most vulnerable including young people with disabilities, young carers and looked after children.
We’re always on the lookout for volunteers to support with these sessions. This role may include 1-to-1 work with members and supporting the delivery of group activities at the Club or on trips. The role is ideal for those with experience in this area wishing to further their skills, individuals studying for a relevant qualification such as Health and Social Care, or simply someone with a passion to support young people.
For more information, please visit the Volunteer page.
We have a few ways in which we support those in need, such as therapeutic interventions, expressive play, and Time to Talk.
For some young people that access our Club it can be difficult to make decisions, and each young person with a disability has varied needs. We want to make the time spent at the Club for each young person as fun as possible, and have put in place various interventions to encourage independence. We offer a range of communication-based, behavioural and educational approaches used to support people with disabilities, including approaches such as PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and sensory integration.
Through Expressive Play young people are given the opportunity to participate in artistic activities such as music therapy, drama therapy, and ‘messy’ expressive art therapy. Creativity and artistic expression are important factors to achieving a therapeutic benefit.
Our inclusion members take part in discussion groups and workshops around a number of issues that affect young people, such as access to education, employment and health care. On occasion, young people can find themselves at the receiving end of negative attitudes from other people. ‘Time to Talk’, gives our members the freedom to talk to people in similar situations to themselves in a safe and welcoming environment without fear of being judged or discriminated against.
A Level Playing Field is a partnership project between Bolton Lads and Girls Club and Seashell trust which aims to support over 1,200 disabled young people, aged 8 to 21 years old. The project addresses issues of limited facilities or services close to home for families with disabled children. The focus of the project is to get disabled young people involved in inclusive sports and recreational activities such as football, badminton, basketball, climbing, dancing, and creative activities to increase their experience of independence. Bolton Lads and Girls Club will also benefit from resources that will enable young people with disabilities to access their Holiday Club provision.
If you or a young person you know would like to get involved or find out more, please contact us.