The A Team Youth Club is a specialist youth club in Blackpool aimed at 12-25 year olds at the higher end of the autism spectrum. It is a joint project run by the Complex and Severe Learning Difficulties Team and the Youth Service in Blackpool. There are currently 25 members of The A Team and four members of staff plus a number of volunteers.
The club meets at Blackpool Boys’ and Girls’ youth club on alternate Tuesday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm, unless there is a group outing when the session may be longer. It offers a range of activities including sports, crafts and hobby nights, trips to the cinema and an annual weekend away. As such, the club doesn’t meet the needs of every child with autism, but it does cater for a broad range of young people on the autism spectrum.
This case study outlines how The A Team started and now operates, the service that it offers its members, and the value of this to them. Communication and planning resources are also available to download.