A youth club is celebrating three years of providing fun and support to young people with additional needs.
Spectrum Youth Group, which is based at Manor Farm Youth Centre on a Monday evening, began when a teenage relative of one of the volunteers was stuck inside with nothing to do and so his family began to wonder what other young people in his situation did with their time.
Friends of the family then got together to help and the group was formed. It has now developed into a supportive and inclusive group for young people with physical, emotional or learning needs.
Nicky Wilkins, who volunteers at the group, said: “We try and cater for any members age 14 to 25 with additional physical or emotional needs. We are happy for parents to stay but quite often after a few weeks of coming, our members like the freedom of their parents leaving them! At Manor Farm we have all kinds of activities to do.”
The group is entirely run by a group of dedicated volunteers and is largely self-funded, with some help from local businesses too.
Nicky added: “I really love the work we do here, the members are so lovely and it’s great to see their confidence growing week on week. Members and parents tell us it can be the highlight of their week, they look forward to coming to the group and seeing their friends.”
Spectrum Youth Group runs every Monday evening (in term time) from 7pm to 9pm at Manor Farm Youth Centre, St Joseph’s Street, Tadcaster.
If anyone would like to join the group visit www.spectrumyouthgroup.co.uk or the Facebook page, @spectrumyouthgroup for more information.