Posted: 23 March 2017

Our Step and Connect web launch

This month we launched our Step and Connect webpage, aimed specifically at young people aged 14-25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Youth Champion for the Step and Connect service, Kieran Gibbons, shares how the new page aims to get young people with SEND more involved in society and more active in their local community.

About Step and Connect

Step and Connect is a service run by our Emotional Wellbeing Team aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of young people with SEND. Our new webpage has been created for the service to support a team of young people in London to get out and access leisure services and activities, such as restaurants, shopping malls, cinemas, libraries and youth clubs.

Young woman in wheelchair

We want to encourage young people to carry out accessibility assessments when they visit these leisure activities and services, and share with other SEND young people, through our new webpage,  how accessible they found it.

We want to know about their experience of the place - were they happy, comfortable, would they recommend it to a friend, could they access the building, or did they find anything difficult to use?

Sharing skills and improving independence

The idea behind sharing these assessments on our webpage, is not only to better equip other SEND young people with the confidence to visit services and have a fun, active social life,  but to also encourage these services to make any necessary changes that will improve access for all future visitors.

How to get involved

By working together we hope that Step and Connect will help make our community accessible for everyone.

Watch the video below to find out a little bit more about how the project works.

If you would like to get involved or find out more then please visit our Step and Connect webpage.

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