ACCESSIBILITY

ACCESSIBILITY – MEMBERS WITH DISABILITIES / ADDITIONAL NEEDS

Warrington Youth Zone have developed a model of working that takes into consideration any barriers that may prevent young people from joining in with activities and working to remove those barriers wherever possible. We believe this approach should be inclusive of all abilities yet specific enough to cater for each individual. Our work consists of:

  • ✅ Providing an accessible location that takes into account transport links.
  • ✅ Providing equipment and facilities (such as lifts, hygiene suite etc).
  • ✅ Carrying out a structured induction for anyone who indicates they may have additional needs or support requirements.
  • ✅ Finding out what those support needs are and how we can best manage them within our setting and making support information available to all staff.
  • ✅ Providing opportunities to all young people, regardless of ability in areas such as sports, arts and leisure opportunities.
  • ✅ Providing staff on specific nights to support young people through discussion, relationship building, structured activities and encouraging personal development skills.
  • ✅ Training staff in relevant areas towards how they can adapt activities to take ability into account.

Provision, opportunities and facilities

The following is a list of some of the provisions we have in place that allow the youth zone to be accessible.

  • ✅ Structured activity sessions.
  • ✅ Access to aids such as ear defenders, sensory activities and quiet spaces when needed.
  • ✅ Staff trained in approaches for behaviour and awareness.
  • ✅ Accessible toilets.
  • ✅ Hygiene Suite with tracker hoist and bed.
  • ✅ Provision of inclusive sport and leisure opportunities.
  • ✅ Lift, to ensure all floors are accessible.

At Warrington Youth Zone we aim to Inspire, Invest and Include all young people in all that we do as we believe in putting young people first.

Levels of Support

If young people require additional support to access our opportunities, a discussion will take place as to how this can be arranged. We recently launched a new specialist support service offering one-to-one and personal care to young people at the Youth Zone. To request this service, please email: molly.swatton@wyz.org.uk

Feedback/Suggestions

At Warrington Youth Zone we are always looking at ways we can improve our offering to ensure all young people are catered for and do our best to ensure we put young people and their needs first. We not only look for feedback but also welcome it to ensure we improve and grow as a charity. If you or your young person has any feedback or suggestions in regards to our accessibility, please email Molly at molly.swatton@wyz.org.uk

About WYZ

Warrington Youth Zone believes in ‘Inspiring young people to achieve’. We exist to support young people’s development, offering opportunities to gain, increase and develop skills, knowledge, self awareness and confidence, and enabling them to make positive and healthy life choices through our wide range of programmes aimed at different age groups.

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