Young People's Services

Befriending Scheme

Our Befriending Scheme for young people aged 15-25 with learning disabilities and/or Autism provides the friendship and support they need to participate in activities or hobbies of their choice at home or out in the community.

How it works

A carefully matched volunteer visits the young person regularly and spends time with them. Typically, volunteers help their friends to do things outside their home – a trip to the cinema or a bowling alley for example. They also help them with any specific hobbies they have, and may accompany them during organised activities such as going to the gym.

We ask families using this service to consider making a regular donation to help support the scheme.

How it helps

The scheme helps young people with learning disabilities by:

  • Encouraging them to make friends and spend time with people of their own age
  • Helping them to get out and enjoy themselves
  • Building their independence, confidence and self-esteem
  • Giving them a break from their parents or carers

How you can find out more

Email: befriending@eddies.org.uk

Phone: 01223 883142.

BefriendingWorks

BefriendingWorks is a drop-in social group for people aged 16 and over with learning disabilities and/or Autism.

How it works

The group meets on the first Saturday of the month at Artworks, Milton Youth Centre, The Sycamores Recreation Ground, Milton, CB24 6XJ from 10am – 12pm. It is a social group for people aged 16 and over with a learning disability or autism. Activities include things like cooking, artwork and drama.

How it helps

Sessions provide a safe, interesting environment to meet and make friends which increases social opportunities, confidence and self-esteem; Meetings are geared towards having fun, playing games, as well as enjoying various creative activities like art, drama and music.

The group is led by experienced Eddie’s staff and supported by an enthusiastic and committed group of volunteers.

A £10 contribution per person is requested.

How you can find out more

Email: befriending@eddies.org.uk

Phone: 01223 883142

Troublemakers

Troublemakers is a performing arts group for teenagers with learning disabilities. Sessions run for ten weeks during term time on Wednesdays between 6-8pm at Coleridge Community College.

How it works

Troublemakers students participate in all three performing arts disciplines: drama, dance and singing – with the aim of building confidence, developing communication skills and improving self-expression. Each term our experienced tutors guide students on a fun-packed journey through various musical genres, styles and techniques.

How it helps

The key elements of a Troublemakers session are creativity and imagination, with staff promoting high self-esteem and independence by encouraging students to contribute ideas and take ownership of the group.

Come and join us for a theatrical adventure!

Troublemakers sessions may be eligible for funding using short break provision.

How you can find out more

Email: Troublemakers@eddies.org.uk

Phone: 01223 883141

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