The Youth Inclusion Hub makes a real difference to the lives of young people with a disability by helping youth settings and organisations to be inclusive of all young people regardless of their ability. 

We promote equality, fairness and right to access opportunities available to young people. We share existing knowledge, experience and expertise in providing inclusive youth work for children and young people with a disability in Northern Ireland.

The Youth Hub is a partnership project between:

  • Mencap Northern Ireland
  • Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) 
  • Action Deaf Youth
  • Cedar Foundation 
  • Brain Injury Matters
  • Disability Sport NI

Youth Inclusion Hub training

The Youth Inclusion Hub provides training in Disability Awareness; both accredited to OCN Level 1 and 2 and non-accredited to help accommodate the training needs of youth workers and volunteers from across the Youth Sector in Northern Ireland.

We also provide Buddy Mentor training at OCN Level 1 to raise awareness of the nature and effect of disability, with a view to helping non-disabled young people in youth settings to be more sensitive to the needs of their peers who have a disability.

Understanding behaviours that challenge and improving how we respond to that behaviour training is also available. This is to raise awareness and understanding of challenging behaviour, how to recognise the stages of a crisis, and how to respond.

Youth Inclusion Hub resources

  • Disability Inclusion Toolkit – this toolkit has been developed by the Youth Inclusion Hub Consortium, to provide the youth sector with essential guidance in developing inclusive youth work for children and young people with a disability.
  • A large text file of the Disability Inclusion Toolkit is available here and an audio version is available by the contacting the Youth Inclusion Hub
  • The Inclusive Resource Library has been developed to help support young people with sensory impairments, physical and learning disabilities to participate more fully in group activities, as well as gaining independence in everyday tasks and skills. The library is designed to help organisations become more inclusive.

The development of more online resources is currently in progress. 

Inclusion Workshops 

Youth Inclusion Hub partners provide a range of workshops listed below with links to register. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness - Cedar Foundation

Springtown Industrial Estate Derry/Londonderry on Tuesday 26 Feb 12.30-3.30 pm

Explore issues faced by young people with ASD around inclusion and exclusion. Youth workers will explore how to make their activities more inclusive.

Register

Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness - Cedar Foundation

1 Upper Lisburn Road Belfast on Tues 26 Feb 12.30-3.30pm

Explore issues faced by young people with ASD around inclusion and exclusion. Youth workers will explore how to make their activities more inclusive.

Register

Sight Loss RNIB

3 Strand Road Derry/Londonderry BT 48 7BH on Tues 26 Feb 12.30-3.30pm

Introduction to Sight Loss conditions, how to guide and try out assistive technologies

Register

Deaf Friendly Approaches to Youth Work - Action Deaf Youth

385-387 Holywood Rd, Belfast BT4 2 on Tues 19 Feb 10-1pm

Raising awareness of hearing loss conditions, inclusive practice and useful resources.

Register

Disability Sport NI - Inclusive games workshops

Participants will be introduced to and have the chance to participate in a number of games and activities which would be suitable for a  range of disabilities and all ability groups.

Wednesday 6 March 6.30-9.30pm Hospital Road Community Centre, 18 Queens Parade Omagh BT79 0DJ

Free Training including resources to take away.  Wear comfortable/sports clothing. Limited places available.

Register

Wednesday 13 March 6.30-9.30pm Ashgrove  Community Centre, 156 Garvaghy Rd, Portadown, Craigavon BT62 1ED

Free Training including resources to take away.  Wear comfortable/sports clothing. Limited places available.

Register

 

 

Useful links

 

For information on the Inclusion Hub please contact:

Online Resource Guide

Online Resources – a catalogue of resources to assist the Youth Sector explore a range of subjects – disability, bullying and Sexual health.

Download resource

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