Leeds Mencap’s 9-13 Club offers young people with a learning disability a chance to meet new friends, to get involved in a variety of activities, and to have fun in an environment that is both welcoming and safe.
The focus of the club is to build communication skills, build confidence, support social skills and self-management of behaviour. These skills help young people engage well at school, make friends and support them as they grow and go from being children to teenagers.
The aim is that young people learn and develop through stretching themselves to try new activities, playing alongside others and understanding each other’s needs, being able to express themselves and make choices. At the start of each half term club members plan the activities for the coming weeks. Everyone gets a say. Past activities at the club include adapted bike sessions, sports days, baking, sensory stories, pizza making, planting seeds and messy play. One of the best bits is to see how friendships are formed and grow and just how much everyone enjoys themselves.
We have a Changing Places toilet and staff who undertake any training needed around personal care to make it possible for all children and young people to be included. We ask anyone thinking of joining a club to come for a visit first so that we can get to know more about what your child needs to be able to come along safely and for you to understand how we will support your child and keep them safe.
The group meets at The Vinery Centre on a Tuesday evening from 6:00pm – 8:00pm during school term time.
There is a weekly charge for the service, payable half termly. Payments can be made by BACs, Faster Payments or standing order; by debit/credit card over the phone/in person or by cheque.
Free taster session before you join!
You are more than welcome to drop your child off, but if you’d prefer to stay and wait we also have a welcoming room with comfy sofas where you can stay, have a hot drink and chat to any other parents who are staying.
The Tuesday Club is funded by Leeds City Council under Shortbreaks funding. You can be referred by school, social care or another organisation that is supporting your family or you can apply direct yourself. You will need to complete an application form before joining.
(Leeds Mencap also runs a group for 7-14 year olds who are the siblings of the members of this group. To find out more, click here)
“Brilliant Group! Brandon has made lots of friends and looks forward to it every week!”
For more information & how to apply
Please contact us on 0113 2351331 or fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch