Our 9 to 13’s Youth Group
Leeds Mencap’s 9 to 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. At the start of each half term club members plan the activities for the coming weeks.
Past activities at the club include adapted bike sessions, sports days, baking, sensory stories, pizza making, planting seeds and messy play.
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 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.
Our 9 to 13’s Youth Group runs at The Vinery Centre from 6pm to 8pm.
The group runs every other Tuesday during the school term – dates will be provided half-termly in advance, and visual timetables of planned activities will be provided.
Costs and how to pay
We offer an initial taster session for free! After this, costs for 2023 are £5.50 per session – and these must be paid half-termly in advance.
Payments can be made:
- via BACs or Faster Payments,
- by debit/credit card over the phone or in person at The Vinery Centre,
- or by cheque.
Please contact us if you’d like to discuss payment further – including our hardship scheme.
How to join
The 9 to 13’s Youth Group 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 directly yourself.
Our Youth Groups operate on a waiting list basis – complete our expression of interest form and we will be in touch!
Download a booking form
You can download and complete a Word document version of our youth group application form. Please email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Leeds Mencap also runs a group for 8 to 16 year olds who are siblings of members of this group.
We run playschemes over the school holidays for young people up to the age of 18.
Our family services team are here to help, including discussing other services across Leeds. Call us on 0113 235 1331.