Disabled and neurodiverse young people

All young people should have equal access to high-quality youth provision. We know that this is currently not the case.

Disabled and neurodiverse young people face various challenges, including physical and learning disabilities and sensory impairments.

They can also face more ingrained issues of low confidence and self-esteem.  They often face barriers to accessing public spaces and using public transport, leaving many isolated and lonely.

GMYN has been delivering programmes for young people with additional needs for over seven years.  Our programmes support disabled and neurodiverse young people to participate in social and developmental activities, have an active voice in their community and improve their wellbeing.

Our programmes allow young people to have new experiences, learn new skills and be challenged in a fun and safe environment. GMYN helps build resilience and confidence that young people can apply to challenges outside our support.

Activities vary month to month, depending on what projects our groups are working on, but typical activities include the following:

  • Participating in creative workshops (art/spoken word/storytelling) that equip young people with new skills to raise awareness.
  • Implementing social action campaigns on key issues impacting young people with additional needs.
  • Travel training to help build confidence and support future independent travelling.
  • Meeting with companies/policymakers/members of the public and presenting campaigns to inspire positive and lasting change.
  • Participating in fun social sessions to improve wellbeing and develop friendships (arts and crafts, bowling, walks, watersports).

“GMYN has been giving me more confidence and now I feel less anxious, It gets me out the house and doing stuff, otherwise I’m just at home with my parents”

Young person with additional needs living within Greater Manchester
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