Over the summer eleven young people from the Southern Trust area took part in a weeklong summer programme delivered by Cedar’s Inclusion Works team. The summer scheme was based in Brownlow Youth Resource Centre, Craigavon and proved to be an interesting packed week.

During Inclusive Games Day, the young people were delighted to welcome Ryan McQuillian from the Get Active programme to facilitate games and activities. The young people got to show their creative flair and have some competitive fun. Personal Safety Day offered an exciting opportunity as representatives from the PSNI joined the group and explained how to be safe when out in the community. The group were also able to experience what it is like to be in a police car and use police equipment. Horticulture Day allowed the young people to design their own flowerpots and also plant flowers to keep. During Arts and Crafts Day, the group enjoyed personalising their own journal and engaging in arts and crafts activities. Finally, the group finished the week with a trip to Crumlin Road Gaol were everyone got learn about the history of the building and interact with the exhibits.

Want to learn more about Inclusion Works?

This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy. Funding is also provided by the Department for Communities and all five local HSCTs in Northern Ireland.

Inclusion Works supports adults with disabilities who are keen to build employability skills and experience to be work ready, then moving into a paid job, college course or volunteering on leaving. Specialist physical disability, ASD and brain injury support is available and tailored to each individual and their needs. Following initial assessments, participants will build an action plan, drawn from a menu of choices to address their personal barriers and agree solutions to meet their employability and inclusion goals. Inclusion Works is person-centred, encouraging and supporting individuals to design their own programmes around their needs and aspirations, building confidence and independence.

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