From April we are changing the format of our Youth Services, in line with Personal Budgets being bought in for children in Norfolk.

We have lots of exciting new opportunities on offer to our young people. Our Youth Programme offers children and young people the chance to take part in activities alongside their peers. We are proud that our programmes give our members the chance to develop real friendships, try new experiences, build confidence and learn skills to help them to unlock their full potential.

Who can access?

  • Any child living with a disability/learning difficulty- (ages are specified within each programme)

How do I sign up/sign my child up?

  • Please complete our referral form to sign someone up for our services. Once this is complete we will contact you and usually arrange a visit to you to meet with you and discuss which parts of our programme you’d like to access.

How much does it cost and will I have to pay?

  • All of our Youth Services can be accessed via the NCC Short Breaks Scheme.
  • Each individual will be set an hourly rate according to their level of need.
  • Our services can be paid for privately.

We run a whole range of activities that take place on weekday evenings, weekends and school holidays. Please see our full list of services below. These services are bookable to young people that have been through the sign up process with us and are registered as members of About with Friends.

 

We also have exciting new services coming soon such as Domiciliary Care, Support in the Community and Buddying. 

 

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Our Services

Bowling

What is it?

Our bowling sessions offer friendships, socialisation, competition and fun as well as being active!

Bowling gives young people the chance to learn social behaviours as well as managing money through buying a drink and changing into shoes independently. In addition it gives our members the chance to create friendships with their peers in a safe environment with support from trained staff.

When, where, who etc

  • Thursdays for 13-17year olds (Fortnightly)
  • Tuesdays for 9-12year olds (Fortnightly)
  • 6-8pm
  • Session fee £5
  • 2 hours support costs charged
  • At Strikers North Walsham

 

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Youth Club

What is it?

An all-inclusive youth club in Cromer. Building friendships, improving communication and confidence at The Base.

Join us at 4Base for fun with friends.

When, where, who etc

  • One Saturday per month
  • 13-17 years
  • 10am-2pm
  • Session fee £4
  • At our base in Cromer
  • 4 hours support costs charged
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Preparation for Adulthood

What is it?

Our preparation for Adulthood programme is designed to offer young people with disabilities the chance to develop independence skills to help them move from childhood into their adult years.

From cooking skills, travel training to real work experience in our community shop or café. We can support young people to achieve steps to independence at a level appropriate to individual needs.

Using clear targets and outcomes our members will learn skills and have the chance to gain Certificates through the AQA Unit Award Scheme.

We use a variety of communication techniques and can tailor support to meet everyone’s needs. We have a professional kitchen where home cooking skills can be learnt and developed.

When, where, who etc

  • Every other Saturday (10am-3pm)
  • 13-17 years
  • Session fee depends on the activity chosen
  • 5 hours support costs charged
  • Cafe, Community shop, Kitchen, out and about or at base
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Youth Club

Ignite

What is it?

Ignite is an inclusive youth club for 9-12year olds. We offer a great experience with friends and trained staff as well as the chance to make lasting friendships, build confidence and communication skills.

We have a range of equipment and resources which can be enjoyed by all, including disco equipment, soft play and a big screen.

When, where, who etc

  • One Saturday per month
  • 10am-2pm
  • Session fee £4
  • 4 hours support costs charged
  • At our base in Cromer
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Holiday Schemes

What is it?

Fun days out are what the holidays are all about – we offer exciting activities to keep everyone busy.

Small group activities with friends are the best way to spend the time off school or college. We can offer fun and development alongside friends and trained enthusiastic staff. Have fun while developing communication, confidence and independence.

When, where, who etc

  • 1 day per week during half terms (10am-3pm)
  • 2 days of schemes during Easter and Summer holidays
  • 9-17 years (split into age groups)
  • Session fee depends on the activity
  • 5 hours support costs charged
  • There will be an activity programme for this service
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This is the best transition I have had for a student in the whole five years I have taught 6th formers!

I just cannot thank you enough for taking K my daughter so that she could have fun with her friends on holiday in Milton Keynes, […] it made her extremely happy.

Selfishly for me it gave my wife a much sought after period of respite exhausted after 16 years of constant care. Complete respite is dependent upon the knowledge that your child is in safe professional caring hands. The ‘about with friends’ staff impress me because they display such enthusiastic vocational attitudes towards their care.

Just a short note to thank you all for your help with our daughter. she has spent many years at school with little improvement in her behaviour and speech, yet in just a few weeks she has been with you guys the improvements in both areas are plain to see.

I am not sure what the different methods used are but please continue as you are, as life at the moment for us as a family is greatly improved because of your input.

We are very aware of her complex needs and how she can change like the wind but we will continue to enjoy the fruits of your labours.

I always have a smile on my face after a day with the members of the team. They are all individuals and each, in their own way, bring joy to my life. They are all much appreciated and I enjoy the gardening of course!

Many thanks again for J’s lovely break in Derbyshire with About with Friends. He really enjoyed himself, had loads of fun and told us all about the cable cars, stepping stones, cinema, meals out, etc.! We would be very grateful if you could pass on our sincere thanks to all the staff who organised the holiday and supported our youngsters to enable them to have such a wonderful time. We are also very grateful as we, ourselves, were able to enjoy a short break in Paris, which was wonderful and recharged our batteries!

A big thank you to yourself and the About with Friends staff for another great trip! J had a fantastic time, going on the Harry Potter Studio Tour, which he had wanted to do for ages and ages.

Thank you for taking K to Milton Keynes on holiday, it made her extremely happy. Selfishly, it gave my wife a much sought after period of respite after 16 years of constant care.

I haven’t seen D for ages and he looks like a new man . The stress has gone from his face – he looks great Well done !!!!

Having spent many years in school with little improvements in I’s behaviour and speech, in just a few weeks with you the improvements in both areas are plain to see. Please continue as you are, as life at the moment for us as a family is greatly improved because of your input.

I’ve got my life back