What we do:
Potential Kids offers social, sporting and educational activity sessions to neurodivergent children, young people and families.
All sessions are kept small enough in numbers to reduce social anxieties and fears. The sessions are held in a safe and understanding environment, where our young people can be understood, accepted and have the opportunity to meet others like themselves.
Young people will have the time and space to enable them to learn and develop their social and communication skills, through play with others. Most who attend will have had limited opportunities to socialise, learn and have fun, as they may have been unable to join other mainstream clubs.
We provide an avenue for young people to reduce their social isolation, increase their self-esteem, and also build their self-confidence.
These sessions also give parents the opportunity to meet, relax, and have some downtime.
The sessions are run by experienced, qualified DBS, safeguarded professionals, therapists, coaches and amazing volunteers.
FOR NEURODIVERSE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (Autism, ADHD and related conditions)
- We increase confidence and self-esteem for children and young people by providing opportunities to learn new skills and socialise in a fun, relaxed and safe environment.
- We reduce vulnerability and improve mental well-being by providing safe spaces where children and young people can socialise.
- We reduce isolation by providing activities where children and young people can make friends and connect with others who understand them.
FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
- We reduce isolation by providing opportunities for parents and carers to meet informally and offer support to each other.
- We increase confidence by empowering parents and carers to advocate effectively for their children.
- We reduce isolation by providing siblings with opportunities to socialise with other siblings who understand.
- We increase confidence by helping siblings to recognise how important they are in their family.
- We provide safe, inclusive opportunities for neurodiverse young people (Autism, ADHD and related conditions) to access social activities not easily accessible to them elsewhere.
- We strengthen services others provide through close collaborations with diverse agencies.
Potential Kids was founded by Angela Gaughan, a mum to an autistic son who realised that there was a great need for projects like this. She knows how hard it is to access activities for her son and wanted to make a difference by providing local support which encourages and enables our young people to learn, grow and achieve.