Friends for Leisure establishes, promotes and develops mainstream leisure and friendship opportunities for children and young people aged 5-21 with a range of chronic/life-long disabilities including physical, sensory learning, mental health or a combination, in Cheshire East. For almost 25 years we have delivered varied, interesting and accessible activities to these vulnerable individuals, through group activities and our one-to-one buddy system. Main services include:
- Five youth groups in Congleton, Crewe and Macclesfield, supporting disabled young people to mix with peers in a safe, familiar environment so they feel less lonely and more confident. Activities range from canoeing to yoga; theatre trips to DJ workshops; jujitsu to film nights; bingo to picnics in the park.
- Drama groups, ten-pin bowling and breakfast clubs
- Individual buddying/befriending services where a young disabled person is paired up with a young volunteer to go out and take part in mainstream activities that interest them e.g. Cubs, going to the gym, having a coffee, cinema trips etc.
- Holiday programmes
A 100+ army of young volunteers support all our work and build genuine friendships with children through our nationally recognised volunteering programme.
The most vulnerable disabled young people we work with need a huge amount of
support encouragement before they are even ready to leave their homes and families and think about participating in group activities in the community. For these individuals our Project Workers work closely with the whole family, meeting them in their own homes, identifying their needs and what differences they would like to see, before developing a personalised action plan to build their confidence and meet their needs so they can participate in our main activities.
To find out more please visit our website or see our Facebook account @Friends.for.Leisure