The Dorchester Youth and Community Centre in Kings Road has been run by a charitable trust since September 2016. The Centre runs a Saturday Club, a youth club for young people with SEND aged 10-25, which occurs on alternate Saturdays (approximately) from 2pm to 5pm. The Centre is also intending to develop other programmes and activities for young people with SEND so watch this space. The Saturday Club is open to new members.
The Saturday Club is run as an informal club where the young people can relax and socialise. Young people with a variety of special needs attend: autistic spectrum disorders, Downs syndrome, cerebral palsy, moderate learning difficulties. The Centre has a range of facilities including: a disco floor, DJ equipment, an indoor games and sports area, pool tables, a sound proof music room, computers, and a sensory room. An X-Box is made available for the latter part of the session. There is usually an activity such as arts and crafts offered to the young people. There are outings for example to the Kings Road playing fields and occasional trips to the cinema and attractions such as Monkey World. In the past year there have been visits from a football skills coach and from the Action Van.
Older young people can attend the club as volunteers helping with various aspects of the running of the sessions.
The next few meetings in 2019 are 12 Jan, 26 Jan, 9 Feb and 23 Feb. The attendance fee is £3 which includes a snack and a drink.
There is a rigorous safeguarding policy in place. The club is primarily for young people from 10 upwards. Most of the current members do not require 1-1 support. If you have a young person who does require 1-1 support who would like to attend, please contact the Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to speak to the youth worker who leads the sessions to discuss what would be required. As a charitable trust the Centre is not able to fund 1-1 support themselves but we can advise where funding might be obtainable.