One of the most important things that we offer at Leeds Mencap are our youth clubs. We offer our youth clubs to a range of ages and they provide the children with the important opportunity to socialise with their peers, who also understand what it is like to live with a learning disability. Not only do our youth clubs support the children, they also allow their families to have some much needed downtime.
Here is Brandon’s story which perfectly illustrates the value of our youth clubs.
“Brandon has attended Leeds Mencap for approximately five years and has absolutely thrived there. He attends every week at the youth club and also attends the playscheme in the school holidays. He originally started in the Tuesday Club (for ages 9-13yrs) and has just transitioned into the Thursday Club (14-18yrs). he has really loved meeting new friends, socialising and taking part in different activities. He has built great relationships with both the staff and the other children and he looks forward to going every week.
From a parents point of view, it has been excellent for us as it has allowed us to do activities we wouldn’t normally have been able to do with our younger child. Not only that, but we know we are allowing him to access a service where we know he is safe and well looked after. We can’t thank Leeds Mencap enough for what they have done for us as a family so thank you!”