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TAG Clubs aim to empower and optimise the potential of children and young people who have a disability between the ages of 8 and 30. This is achieved through a range of work, at both the youth centre and in the community; Youth Workers support young people through informal and experiential learning in order to gain knowledge, skills, make informed choices and to assist in their personal development.
TAG treats all young people fairly and equally as individuals and aims to provide young people with a safe, caring, well equipped environment which is accessible to all young people who wish to attend, giving them the opportunity to participate in personal and social development activities including arts, drama, music and sport.
Our Clubs provides a diverse range of activities in which young people can participate and also has mechanisms for ensuring that members’ voices are heard, through consultations and evaluations. We also encourage young people to represent themselves and their peers on the youth clubs management committee.
In addition we offer:
Our Adaptive Snowsports programme aims to give disabled people thrills and excitement which improves the mental and physical wellbeing of those taking part.
We provide lessons on both dry slope and indoor snow. Lessons are delivered by fully qualified adapted skiing and snowboarding instructors from Disability Snowsports UK, supported by our dedicated team of youth workers.
Dry Slope Lessons are delivered at Sandown Ski Slope in Esher. Here we are able to provide stand up ski and sit ski lessons and lessons are £25 each and includes your slope pass, equipment hire and tuition. Please contact us for our monthly dry slope schedule.
Indoor Snow Lessons are delivered at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead. At the indoor snow slope we are able to provide snowboarding, stand up ski and sit ski lessons. Please contact us for our monthly indoor snow lesson schedule. Lessons are £50 each and include your slope pass, equipment hire and tuition.
These year-round accessible snowsport activities are empowering and fully inclusive. They boost wellbeing and enrich the quality of life of children and adults with life-changing conditions.
Parkour is a movement activity that promotes health and fitness while also teaching our children and young people to master their bodies and minds. It develops self-efficacy, confidence, problem-solving skills and introduces a holistic, variable movement activity into their lives.
Our parkour classes run separately for different age groups and offer young people the opportunity to take part in a sporting activity which they would not normally do. Classes include running, jumping, climbing, vaulting, rolling and make use of our specialist parkour equipment.
TAG Parkour Classes take place on Wednesdays at Ham Youth Centre. There is a £5* charge per session. There is also a termly fee option which guarantees a place for each session and gives you priority booking and discounts for our Parkour events.
8-15 year-olds, 7.15-8.15pm
15-30 year-olds, 8.30-9.30pm
TAG Parkour Academy are inclusive sessions that happen on Sundays at Ham Youth Centre. There is a £5* charge per session. There is also a termly fee option which guarantees a place for each session and gives you priority booking and discounts for our Parkour events. There's the option to attend both Sunday sessions for those who feel energetic!
Our Short Breaks gives young people the chance to have a change from their normal routines and enjoy doing fun things together.
These residential trips can help build confidence and independence. Activities could include archery, climbing, obstacle courses, zip wires and canoeing.
We stay at residential outdoor activity centres including Hindleap Warren, Woodrow High House and Avon Tyrrell.
As part of our continuing growth, TAG aims to engage with more children and young people and make its resources available to a wider audience. To make this a reality we have developed our Outreach service.
TAG Outreach can be booked by local community groups supporting children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
These organisations known as ‘hosts’ are responsible for providing the venue and staff and/or volunteers to support the children/young people they support/invite. TAG will provide fun and stimulating equipment, and facilitate its safe use ensuring its used confidently, and create opportunities for children with disabilities to enjoy leisure in their own communities.
FAMILY & FRIENDS
We run various activities throughout the year for families to enjoy together. We also invite those who no longer meet our criteria to attend our core weekly activities as ‘friends’. Activities include leisure pool hire, boat parties, seaside trips and more.
Many of the young people we support have a brother or sister who can also act as a young carer. For us a young carer is a young person who cares, unpaid, for a person who has any type of special educational need or disability. The care they give may be practical, physical, and emotional. Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up.
The hope is that friendships will be formed within the group and attendees will keep in contact during the period between activity days. This group will allow the young carer to take time out for themselves, socialise and cope with the demands placed on them as carers with other young carers who share similar life experiences.
The Young Carers group will also provide accessible links to youth counselling and other agencies who can give expert advice and information on all issues that affect young carers.
Local families, schools and organisations are able to borrow a wide range sensory items from our Sensory Library.
There are multi-sensory 'books' and kits to enable storytelling for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Stories are told through voice, touch and emotion rather than via words and pictures.
There is also a range of other equipment including puppets, electronic sensory equipment, games, activity sets and movement kits. There are rainbow rings and giant parachutes - or have an adventure in a Discovery Den that can take you from beneath the waves to beyond the stars!
Download the TAG Sensory Library Catalogue to see what is available then get in touch to arrange a loan.
TAG YOUNG ADULTS
Our Young Adults Club provides a safe environment for young adults with additional needs aged between 18 and 30. Our sessions are 8-10pm every Monday at Whitton Youth Zone. Subs are £10*.
The Club provides positive activities which are all about having fun, learning new skills and meeting new people.
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Each year we organise an afternoon for young people and their families to come together with professionals and service providers to help piece together futures.
If you are or you care for a young person aged up to 25 with a disability or additional needs, come and find out more about what’s available locally. This annual event has a focus on transition to adulthood support and services.
Our drop-in events are your opportunity to meet local providers and learn about their services. Stall holders include education, day services, supported living, support groups, sport and leisure activities.
Our aim is to give everyone the same opportunities to Experience, Learn and Develop. For this reason,
TAG offers a bursary programme for children and young people to be able to access our fun and engaging
range of activities.
If you need assistance towards funding an activity or short break, please apply and we will do all that we can to help you. The money available in our bursary fluctuates month by month so sadly we are not able to say yes to every application, or always offer the full amounts requested, but we always try to do all we can.
Get in touch to learn more.
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Address and Accessibility
Please describe how accessible the toilet area is for example is it a 'Changing Places' accessible toilet, does it have changing facilities, hoists etc
Ham Youth Centre's accessible toilet accommodates a wheelchair and there is a grab rail, unfortunately there are no changing facilities - no ceiling track, bed.
Dietary needs catered for
Staff have specialist training
Days and times of activity / opening
|Friday||From 17:30||To 21:30|
When is the activity or service available
How to access the service/activity
Description of Eligibility or Referral Criteria and Pathways (if applicable)
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Does a parent / carer need to stay on premises during activity
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Inclusion and Accessibility
Taking part if you are a child or young person with additional needs or a disability.
How can a child or young person with SEND take part in this activity
TAG is not in the position to provide 1:1 support, if additional support is needed then this must be organised by the young person, parent or carer and be provided by a third party (TAG is a parent free zone)