As part of our commitment to Equal Opportunities ECYC actively targets specific groups that do not traditionally access Youth Service Provisions. One such group is young People with Disabilities.
In 2007 ECYC’s management committee secured funding of £300,000 to transform ECYC into a modern, fully accessible youth provision. However, this in itself did not guarantee that young people with Special Needs would access the Centre, it was then up to the staff team to ensure that the programme of activities was equally accessible and that the team were adequately trained to meet the needs of disabled members. Once this was achieved it was then a matter of creating partnerships with agencies and organisations working with disabled children and young people to ensure that young people and their parents were aware of the activities on offer and encouraged to attend! Current partnerships include work with RBKC Children with Disabilities Team, St Quentin’s Centre, Full of Life and Lancaster Youth Centre.
Additionally we have recently managed to secure a further £30,000 over 2 years from City Bridge, a Charity that assists organisations working with young people who have Special Needs. The funding will not only allow us to strengthen our work with disabled young people, through the increased provision of Arts and Sports initiatives, it will also help us to overcome one of the biggest barriers to disabled young people accessing our services by allowing us to transport young people with disabilities to and from our Targeted Special Needs Night which is great news for those young people who have mobility issues!