SEND Young Inspectors

SEND Young Inspectors visit local activities and clubs suitable for SEND young people and feedback their findings.

The feedback helps develop the club or activity to ensure that they are meeting the needs of SEND young people, as well as providing young people with an insider’s view of what an activity is really like. Here are some activities and clubs inspected so far and what the young people had to say.

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If you are aged 12 to 25 years with a disability or a specific need and you are interested in becoming a SEND Young Inspector then please get in touch for more information by emailing youthspacebucks@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Doorways Dance Club

The dance club was welcoming and friendly. The music was great and I was able to follow all of the dance routines even though it was my first time. There was time to talk at the beginning to get to know the group and the instructors. I made a new friend while I was there.

The pace of the session was good, I felt like I could ask questions if I missed anything. There were wheelchair users, the dance routines were adapted so that they could join in. It was great to see so many different people with different support needs.

Who would this activity be suitable for? 

I felt the group was accessible for everyone, including wheelchair users. It is great for anyone who wants to make friends and keep fit!

Special features

  • Disabled toilet and wheelchair access

  • Inspector did not observe any safety hazards 

  • Variety of different activities to suit everyone

  • Suitable pace for everyone

Published June 2019

Wendover Youth Club

The youth club was lots of fun; I particularly enjoyed the Nintendo Switch and table tennis. I felt very comfortable at the club, the staff were very attentive to my needs and I was introduced to a group of boys which helped me socially interact. The group also allowed me to join in with the game of table tennis they were playing.

Staff checked in with me regularly to see whether I was ok and helped me engage with new activities. 

I learned how to make pizza which I very much enjoyed.

The staff’s hard work and passion was very clear! it was definitely a safe place for me to socialise. I didn’t want to leave when it was time to go home!

Who would this activity be suitable for?

Everyone was around 13 years or older however I was comfortable there being only 12 years old. This club is perfect for anyone who wants to make new friends.

Special features

  • Disabled toilet and wheelchair access

  • Inspector did not observe any safety hazards

  • Variety of different activities to suit everyone

Published: April 2019

DASH Club, Aylesbury

I felt very comfortable at DASH Club. I was welcomed by staff and felt very included by everyone, both staff and members of the group.

The activity was made up of staff-led team sports such as basketball and hoop games, then followed by swimming.  Everyone was free to sit out of activities if they felt tired at any point. It felt like it was delivered at the correct pace for the whole group, I was entertained throughout.  

There was plenty of staff and I noticed how friendly the relationship was between staff and the young people attending. You can tell that they had built up a close relationship with staff making them feel at home. 

Who would this activity be suitable for?

I would say that this is suitable for anyone who likes doing team sports and swimming.

Special features

  • Staffed trained to support a range of needs

  • Mobility equipment

  • Accessible toilets

  • Inspector did not observe any safety hazards 

  • Accessible for all different fitness levels

Published: April 2019

Ikkaido Martial Arts Club

I found this activity fun. I was a little anxious when I first arrived, however, staff gave me reassurance and then I was fine.

The venue was great and I learned lots of new Martial Arts skills. Staff were very attentive, friendly and welcoming, they helped me join in with group activities.

I enjoyed the session very much; it was a positive experience which has given me self-confidence.

Who would this activity be suitable for?

This club is accessible for disabled people, staff are trained to support anyone with mobility difficulties. This club is perfect for anyone who enjoys keeping active.

Special features

  • Wheelchair access

  • Disabled toilet

  • Mobility equipment

  • Learn many new skills

  • Inspector did not observe any safety hazards

Published: April 2019

DASH Club, Buckingham

I really enjoyed DASH club and had a lot of fun. The helpers looked after us and were good fun and made us feel comfortable. There were 3 members of staff and they helped me when I needed it.

It was good to have a choice of activity after swimming and this changes each week, so you can try new things. I liked meeting some new people.

I was a bit tired after the club, but I cannot wait to go back!

Who would this activity be suitable for?

I would say this club is suitable for everyone that likes being active.

Special features

  • Disabled toilets
  • Accessible for all different fitness levels
  • Plenty of parking onsite
  • Inspector did not observe any safety hazards