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What preparation can you do yourself?

  • Talk to your young person about what they enjoy doing - find out if they want to try anything new.

  • Think about how your young person is going to travel to their chosen club or activity. Will they be able to get there on their own, or will you be able to get them there?

  • Keep in mind costs and whether certain activities are affordable. You might be able to use a personal budget (if you have one) for leisure activities if they move into adult social care. Make sure to include leisure activities as part of their support plan.

  • Consider whether your young person would be better in an inclusive mainstream club, or in a special provision. Lots of mainstream organisations are able to accommodate reasonable adjustments, so it's worth contacting them to see if they can put something in place.


What services are available?

Take the time to research your local area and look into sports centres and clubs. There's more available out there than we can fit onto a page. But these options may be a good place to start your search.

YC Hertfordshire run lots of youth projects across Hertfordshire, on a variety of activities and interests.

The Hertfordshire Directory has plenty of activities, hobbies and leisure for adults and young people to take part in. You can filter the listings depending on what needs the clubs can support, too.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award gives young people the opportunity to have fun making new friends whilst disovering new talents and interests. Young people will develop their essential life skills and receive a recognised mark of achievement. Any young person aged 14-24 years old is eligible regardless of ability.

Passport to Leisure a St. Albans project helping adults with learning disabilities to take part in a variety of leisure and sporting activities within the community.

Electric umbrella a theatre company for adults with learning disabilities.

Mencap local leisure groups helping those with learning disabilities make new friends whilst boosting their skills. They offer care pacakages and can organise to pick you up from your home to take you to weekly activities.

The Inclusion Project helps support people with learning disabilities maintain a healthy, active social life. Offers over 60 activities to choose from 7 days a week, with both afternoon and evening sessions.

Staying safe online

Young people will often use the internet for things like playing games, sending messages by email, connecting with friends via social media, or for looking up information on websites such as Google for example.

However your young person uses the internet, it's important to consider how you'll prepare them to stay safe online.

Tips for using the internet safely

Have a chat with your young person, reminding them to:

  • be careful about who they chat to, as you never really know who you are talking to online
  • be careful about sharing information about themselves online or sending photos
  • keep their passwords and bank details a secret- no one should be asking for this information in an email for example. This is called a scam.
  • If someone or something they have seen makes them feel scared or uncomfortable online, tell someone they trust immediately- such as a teacher, parent/carer, or trusted adult.

There are organisations that can help with resources and information on staying safe online:

  • NSPCC - information and tips on how to keep children safe online
  • BullyingUK - advice on what to do if you are being bullied on social media
  • ChildLine - advice on online bullying and keeping your devices safe
  • SaferNet - advice for staying safe online if you have learning disabilities.

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