Teenage Rampage is an evening youth club for disabled young people aged 13 – 21 which meets every Tuesday during school term time, 6.30 – 8.30 pm at Odd Down Community Centre.
The session was developed in 2004 from ideas put forward by disabled young people attending what was our playscheme for disabled children aged 5 – 19. The young people requested a space where they could enjoy play and other similar age appropriate activities with young people of a similar age.
The session has grown to a thriving group which is regularly attended by an average of 15 disabled young people. Young people staying at the residential hostel at Fosseway School in Radstock join the group each week.
Any disabled young person aged 13+ is welcome to attend Teenage Rampage. The sessions are mainly based at Odd Down Community Centre but depending on what the group have planned, various other venues and activities may take place at different locations. Many families take advantage of a member of staff visiting them at home before coming to the sessions and / or chatting on the telephone about what will be happening each evening as this gives the young person a chance to meet a staff member before coming to the group. Social Services also refer young people.
For a formal chat or to arrange a home visit, please ring the office on 01225 832479 or Sam Ward, Outreach Worker on 07792 552767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Teenage Rampage is led by our Outreach Worker Sam Ward who also networks and meets with providers and agencies ensuring good communication of our services as well as keeping up to date with other relevant services which she is then able to pass on to young people.
Staff are all experienced at working with disabled young people. They are also qualified in play or youth work and provide positive role models to young people.
We try to have a varied programme of activities, and at the end of each term we have an informal planning session where young people can suggest ideas and plan the activities for the following term. We always welcome any suggestions or offers of help for particular activities. Activities we have enjoyed in the past have included: going out for dinner, swimming, barbecues, discos, bowling, picnics, ‘wild walks’, ‘temporary tattoos’, visiting the theatre, judo, rugby, a Bath Rugby visit, a Fire Station visit, pottery, banner making, den building, fire building etc.
Teenage Rampage have also run various successful residential weekends at The Mill on the Brue in Bruton and the PGL centre at Liddington. The young people take part in various activities, including canoeing, grass tobogganing and zip wiring, climbing wall, raft building, giant swing, quadbiking, etc. whilst staying in dormitories on site for two nights. See our video below.
Our past successes have included an Animation project in conjunction with the Theatre Royal, culminating in the films being aired at the Egg to a wide audience. Our links with the Egg have continued with Teenage Rampage working with theatre practitioners on many successful drama projects. The first, an adaptation of A Christmas Carol combined drama, movement, film and animated work and was shown to a packed audience in December 2007. Staff from the Egg worked with Teenage Rampage to put together a ‘toolkit’ for other practitioners based on our experiences of putting together the show. The second Egg project was a reworking of Romeo and Juliet with the young people designing scenery, recording sound pieces and creating dance and movement sequences. The feedback from these projects has been fantastic and we maintain close links with the Egg, visiting for drama workshops on a regular basis.
More recentally, we have worked on a project as part of the National Theatre Connections 500 Programme. This culminated in two performances on stage at The Egg and we were lucky enough to have a director, a costume designer, a projectionist, a movement coach and a voice recording artist working with us.
Life Skills is a project funded by BBC Children in Need focusing on developing confidence and independence skills using tailored support that meets the needs of individual young people in conjunction with families, balancing competing agendas typical of adolescence; reducing isolation – increasing positive participation in the group and inclusive settings as appropriate and improved understanding about relationships with peers and other adults and an improved understanding of self in terms of developing relationship boundaries and understanding appropriate behaviour.
We also aim to support young people to develop confidence to become mentors to other young people and developing key skills in speaking through small group work. Click on the image to download the flyer as aPDF.
The group is for a maximum of 8 young people. For more information, contact Sam Ward, Outreach Worker email@example.com or ring 07792 552767.