Inclusive provisions were formed for young people who do not feel comfortable in an open access youth club. Inclusive provisions provide young people a safe space where they can relax, have fun, learn and socialise with other young people who they can relate to, have things and experiences in common, feel comfortable with and feel confident and relaxed with. Open access youth clubs welcome all young people, and they support inclusive clubs by signposting young people to these provisions only if they feel it is appropriate and more beneficial for the young member to attend an inclusive club.
Deaf Cool Youth Club
Cardiff Deaf Cool Youth Club has been running since 2009 at Deaf Hub Wales based on 163 Newport Road, Roath, Cardiff CF24 1AG. This is a partnership between Cardiff Youth Service and Deaf Hub Wales.
'The Deaf Youth Club is important as many deaf youth would stay home lonely. We learn how to make friends, how to engage, confidence is developed through communication using British Sign Language. If you get upset there is someone there to advise you who has been there before.. You go home and you feel better. Seeing other deaf people gives confidence' (Young Person)
The Deaf Cool Youth Club provides a safe space for deaf and hard of hearing young people, aged 11 to 25, to meet and socialise. This club is led by Stuart Parkinson, Youth Worker in charge, and supported by a volunteer Fosia Ibrahim. Both Stuart and Fosia are deaf themselves, and their first language is British Sign Language. The team are also supported by dedicated BSL/English interpreters.
The youth club has a strong focus on promoting 'Deaf Identity' and wellbeing. A number of activities have taken place including drumming, lantern making, cooking, pumpkin carving, word storm on a canvas and t-shirt dyeing. The youth club also delivers the Youth Achievement Award in partnership with Youth Cymru.
Youth Club members make decisions about the content of the Youth Club programme as part of the ongoing empowerment process. We encourage youth members to have a 'voice' by getting involved in the Deaf Hub Wales Service Users Zoom consultation, and also the Council's Equality Team as part of the British Deaf Association's BSL Charter, whom the Council has signed a pledge.
Young Care Leavers Youth Club
The Young Care Leavers Youth club is open to any young people, aged 11 to 25, who have experience of living in care. This club provides a safe space for young people currently living in care, as well as those who are care leavers, to support one another, share experiences and discuss common issues. The club operates from 5:15 to 8:15 on a Friday evening at the Gabalfa Community Centre. Transport is also provided to and from a central pick up/drop off point in the city centre.
We have only been up and running for a short time before the lockdown last March, but since then we have been running online sessions with lots of interesting discussions and exciting craft activities. Led by David Baker, the staff team are friendly, approachable and supportive.
A normal week would include some interactive games, pool, table tennis, console games, cooking new recipes and trying them out, chat, fun and social. We also offer lots of support for getting into work, relationships and health and wellbeing. In addition, we also have a computer suite for working online. The future will bring many outdoor activities and challenges, as well as offering accredited awards such as The DofE Award.
Trelai Inclusive Youth Club
The Trelai Inclusive Youth Club provides a safe and supportive environment for young people with a disability to come together and have fun. The main focus is positive interaction and participation in activities. The club is open to all.
'Youth Club means a lot to me because we all get to leave the house and come together to make friends that have similar issues at home, I've mostly enjoyed when we all participate in physical activity' (Young Person)
This club is run by Jessica Rose, and operates from 6:30 to 8:30pm on a Wednesday evening. This club has recently re-located to North Ely Youth Club, and is looking forward to using the new facilities offered at the centre including pool tables, a small theatre, a full catering kitchen and a fully stocked art room. The sports provision will also be available in the future. We will keep you posted on any updates.
The club is looking to build on its existing membership and welcomes new members to join the group.
Cathays Inclusive Youth Club
Cathays Inclusive Youth Club is delivered by Cardiff Youth Service out of Cathays Community Centre, and is open to all young people aged 11-25, including those with learning difficulties.
This club is run by Jim Price and operates from 6:30 to 8:30pm on a Friday evening.
The centre's facilities include pool, arts and crafts, a large sports room and two music studios. Activities include socialising with friends, interactive games, and life skills activities such as shopping on a budget, cooking and serving food. The staff team also deliver a young leaders and volunteers programme, and there is a young person lead fundraising committee.
The club's programme offers activities that encourage participation and personal development. The overall aim is to enhance and enrich young people’s lives to allow them to become active members of their communities.
Cardiff and Vale Young Carers Youth Club
The Young Carers Youth Club is a well-established youth club for young people, aged 11-25, who have a caring responsibility at home. The club offers rest bite care for young people and an opportunity to meet, socialise and participate in fun and exciting activities with young people with similar experiences.
'The club was there for me through my highest and lowest points. I knew I could always speak to the staff about my problems and in hand have the support needed for me. The club helped me take my mind off things at home and gave me the normal feeling of teenage life. I got to have some amazing opportunities like RYLA and DofE. The trips were always amazing for restbite and I made some amazing friends. I will cherish my memories from the young carers club and hope it does the same for others as it's done for me' (Young Person)
Led by Jim Price, this youth club is supported by The Rotary Club of Cardiff East. The Rotary Club kindly provide additional funding, training opportunities and two extremely dedicated volunteers, who make up a supportive and caring staff team. The club operates from 10:30am to 12:30pm every Saturday at Butetown Pavilion Youth Centre.
Every session is filled with activities that fully engage the young people. These include: dodgeball, arts and crafts, health and wellbeing, cooking, summer trips, Storey Arms residential visits and socials. The group also participate in the DofE Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
The club prides itself on a young person led programme with a committee of elected senior members.
The Impact Club is for young people who identify themselves as LGBTQ+. This provision takes place every Tuesday 5:30-8pm @ Cathays Community Centre.
These are open access provisions, meaning you can just show up. If you'd like to have a chat before coming, please get in touch through either social media, phone or by email. Details can be found below: