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Our Additional Support Needs youth group for 11-15 year olds is funded by  National Lottery Young Start and is in session every Thursday 6-7:30pm. We provide creative arts, sports and other recreational activities whilst setting developmental goals and exploring issues such as relationships, social media, bullying and human rights.


Our young people co-create the sessions, decide on content and activities they wish to participate in. Together they help to create an exciting inclusive youth project tailored to the enviromental and sensory needs of ASN young people. 


Young people have access to a fun programme involving life skills, leadership, delivered using create fund youth actvities, opportunites meet in local cafes, travel to social venues and places on interest.


Our group members participate in fun, engaging activities and explore their goals and aspirations whilst learning new skills. There are plenty of opportunities to try new activities, enabling growth and building on strengths throughout the transitional years. 



Young people have increased access to social relationships with peers and other youths, building on their communication and sense of belonging. The project will adapt its model to reflect the bespoke needs of individual needs, adapting and modifying delivery content.  


Young people will form a sub group in collaboration with Branching Out to support the Board of Trustees to design future support and empower members to be involved in charity decision making.


In addition to this, young people will form an ASN Youth Steering Group to engage with stakeholders on consultations and create a focus group on services that engage with ASN. This work has been piloted with Skills development Scotland, SOSE ASN learning Network and SBC Autism Strategy Group. 


The toolkit contains case studies offering examples of inclusive youth work practice within youth clubs in the Scottish Borders; and features some films created by the Branching Out Youth Project

The kit, created with Wakelet, was developed for youth workers by youth workers, with each resource within the toolkit being peer reviewed and recommended by youth work practitioners.


The pages will be regularly updated with new content and training offered throughout the year to support learning.

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