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Enable Me Project youth club launched in Littlehampton

A youth club for disabled children and young people has been opened by the Enable Me Project in Littlehampton, funded for three years by West Sussex County Council.

Enable Me started in 2005 and the aims of the charity are to raise disability awareness in the community and to help improve the lives of disabled people by providing a range of services, including workshops in schools, colleges and universities, disability sports clubs and training for staff in businesses.

Enable Me recently ran a youth club survey, wanting people’s views on the idea of having a youth club for disabled children and young people in Littlehampton. The idea is to provide a fun place for young people to go to and enjoy activities in a safe and friendly environment, and to give parents and carers some respite time by having a short break.

As a result the new youth club is now being launched, one day a week until December and then two days a week from January 2013.

Cabinet Member for Children and Families Peter Evans said: “I am delighted the County Council has been able to support this project. The youth club isn’t just aimed at disabled children, but also their siblings. It’s a chance for them to have fun and try different activities.”

Nik Demetriades, Enable Me CEO, said: “This new Youth Club is something local people have told us will make a real difference in Littlehampton, so we’re delighted to be working in partnership with the County Council; the Youth Support and Development Service and the Short Breaks Team to make it happen over the next three years.”

Craig Rathbone, newly appointed Youth Club Manager at Enable Me, said: “As well as offering different sport, film and animation, drama, sensory art and lots of other cool activities each week, the most important thing is that this Youth Club will be a safe and welcoming environment for disabled children and young people to come to every week so they can relax, have fun and be themselves!”

The youth club will run at the Flintstone Centre, East Street, Littlehampton, BN17 6AW, on Mondays and Thursdays. Sessions for seven to 11 year olds will run from 4pm to 6pm, and sessions for 12 to 18 year olds from 6pm to 8pm.

In addition to the £119,735 funding from the County Council’s Short Breaks Team, the Youth Support and Development Service is providing the venue and also two members of staff to support the youth club.

To find out more about the Enable Me Project and the youth club, visit the website at, or contact 01903 734400.