halow aims to ensure that every young person with a learning disability has the same life experiences and chances as any other young person. The social activities programme provides meaningful activities which are designed to give our young people the chance to enjoy an active social life, make new friends, live independently and become part of their community.
A range of activities take place monthly and new members are always welcome to join. The dedicated activities team are all fully trained and DBS checked and supported by 1:1 halow buddies or support workers where necessary so the young people can relax and enjoy themselves.
Activities include llama trekking, theatre, cinema and theme park outings, bowling nights, discos, as well as trips to watch local sports matches (eg. ice hockey, football, basketball). Young people also have the chance to take part in creative arts workshops at Haslemere.
- 16 – 19 year olds – We run a popular Friday Night Youth Club, which takes place fortnightly and activities aimed at new members and taster sessions. Our bowling nights and disco’s are a very popular activity with this age group.
- 20+ year olds – Our 20+ Group enjoy regular evening activities to explore Guildford and enjoy live entertainment. The group enjoy club nights, live music, comedy and general entertainment.
- Sport for Life (16 – 35 year olds) - Our Sport for Life programme is designed to improve the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of young people with learning disabilities in Surrey. Thanks to recent funding by Sport England, we have partnered with local sports groups and providers to provide subsidised sports activities. Sessions are delivered by a range of sports partners, such as Harlequins Rugby Foundation, Fulham Football Club Foundation, Surrey Wheels 4 All, Guildford Archery Club and Surrey Scorchers Foundation.
The programme aims to provide fun, sporting social activities which engage young people with exercise and keeping fit as well as connecting them to their peer group and encouraging them to participate in sport regularly both within the programme and in their daily lives. It is proven that taking part in sports activities are directly linked to staying healthy, maintaining fitness, improving mood, boosting motivation and combating stress.
- Youth Committee - halow staff and young people meet once a month in the pub in Guildford to work together to come up with new ideas and help plan future social activities. It is an opportunity for the young people to discuss what activities they most enjoy and feedback to halow in a relaxed and informal environment. The sessions also act as a chance for young people to meet new people, catch up with one another and, of course, enjoy a drink.
For more information on any of these activities or to book you place please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
With thanks to Community Foundation for Surrey and Surrey Shorts Breaks for funding the Social Activities programme.