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

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.

Useful links

Online Resource Guide

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

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