BreakAway is a Saturday and Holiday Club for young people with learning disabilities aged from 12 to 18. The club is suitable for teenagers with a range of disabilities including Downs syndrome, epilepsy, autism, challenging behaviour and Fragile X.
Breakaway is held at at the Yews Community Centre in Haywards Heath, where we provide in-house activities such as cookery, crafts, music and games. In addition, we provide trips out chosen by the young people.
Popular venues we have recently visited include Groombridge Place, Hastings Sea Life Centre, Theatre visits and a two night overnight stay at Lodge Hill Outdoor Centre.
The teenagers benefit hugely from the experiences and support provided by Kangaroos. The BreakAway group offers young people with learning difficulties the opportunity to meet and make friends with their peers.
The group helps them to grow in confidence, develop independence and improve self esteem. BreakAway often provides the only social and recreational activity available to them.
TeenScene is a youth club for teenagers aged from 12 to 18 held at the Cherry Tree Centre in Burgess Hill on Tuesday evenings.
Activities include crafts, cooking and board games. This group is relatively small and consistent, which we have found helps young people to quickly settle and feel comfortable in a supportive environment.
Our experienced staff help all members joining the club to be as independent as possible and support them in making friendships within the group.
Specific activities are organised to help the children bond and enable their individual personalities to shine. Recently we have tried yoga and celebrated the Chinese New Year.
Transition Group is a club for 16-21 year olds to aid them in their transition from our teenage group, Breakaway, to our adult club, No Limits. The group aims to promote life skills, social integration and boost independence.
Activities and trips have included an outing to Brighton Pier, playing UV mini golf at Globalls, and a day at Drusillas Park.
Thomas has hydrocephalus, asthma, epilepsy and learning disabilities.
“Isolated from children with similar needs and issues – going to a mainstream club would never have been a viable option for Thomas due to not having the right type of staff/volunteers to deal with Thomas’s specific needs. Since joining Kangaroos there has been a change in Thomas’s confidence – he is happy to join in and talk to everyone around him.
Kangaroos have supported us a family unit by understanding his specific needs and given myself and my wife a few hours respite. Kangaroos would not be the organisation it is without the dedication of the staff and volunteers who make all activities more enjoyable for their members and we are privileged that our son Thomas is one and will continue to be one for many years to come.”