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Youth activities if you have special educational needs or a disability

Any youth club, whether it is run by Derbyshire County Council or is voluntary, should be inclusive for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

There are youth clubs across Derbyshire. Why not go along to one with a member of your family to find out what's on offer?

Staff and volunteers at the club can ask for support and advice if they are unsure how to meet your additional needs.

They can do this by contacting the disability inclusion team, email: enquiries.disabilityinclusion@derbyshire.gov.uk or richard.hale@derbyshire.gov.uk

Remember, the Equality Act says you are entitled to go to the same youth club as your friends. However some of you may like to go to a club where all young people have additional needs.

Remember that not every club is run by Derbyshire County Council so contact the club that is best for you or you can contact your local Council for Voluntary Services if you can't find a club through the searches on here.

At the moment there are eight clubs in the county for young people aged 13 to 25 with additional needs and disabilities including one for young people who are deaf or hearing impaired.

The Oyster Club in Alfreton is the only one for young people that has been supported by Derbyshire County Council which means it has its own management committee and decides how to spend its own money.

Amber Valley

  • Open Door meeting in Heanor − Thursday evenings
  • Oyster Club meeting in Alfreton − Thursday evenings (term time only)

Chesterfield

  • Hear and Now Club for young people who have a hearing impairment − Tuesday evenings
  • Multi Space − Tuesday evenings

Derbyshire Dales and High Peak

  • Saturday Fun Club − alternate Saturdays
  • Strides Buxton − Tuesday evenings
  • Strides Hadfield − Tuesday evenings

Erewash District

  • Cantelupe Activity Club − Monday, Tuesday, Thursday evenings

South Derbyshire

  • The In Club − Thursday evenings

If you run a youth club and would like some extra help to provide support for disabled young people you can contact the Disability Inclusion Team, email: enquiries.disabilityinclusion@derbyshire.gov.uk

If you visit a club but are not made to feel welcome you can contact us and we will look at what support you may need.