Our definition of 'disabilities'

*On this page, where we use the word ‘disabilities’ we are referring to anyone with (diagnosed or not) learning, social, emotional, behavioural, or physical disabilities, developmental delays, or sensory issues including autistic spectrum disorders.*

We prefer to look beyond a diagnosis and focus on individuals needs and gifts.

If you have any queries about our work with people with disabilities, would like a home-visit to talk to us about the possibility of you/your child joining us, or if you would like to come and visit us outside of our group session times so you can familiarise yourself with the building, then please just contact the office as we’ll be very happy to arrange this with you.

Bright Sparks

This group is for young people aged 9-17 years with social or learning disabilities, and meets Thursdays 5.30-7pm. This is a small group which is focused on building confidence, social skills, relationship building, trying new activities, and having fun!

This is a great stepping stone into our youth sessions at other sites or our adults' session once young people approach the age of 18. (17 year olds may also occasionally bridge up into the Illuminators session as appropriate through the year)

Here is our current programme for this term so you can see what we’re up to: 

We normally have a 3 week break at Christmas, 2 weeks at the end of August/beginning of September and 2 weeks at Easter. Sometimes we do daytime activities during these breaks though, dependent on staffing & funding.

 

Some of our members bring support workers with them and this is fine; the support worker just needs to introduce themselves to our staff on their first visit.
We have higher than average levels of staffing during our 'Disabilities' sessions, but we cannot provide personal care or any 1-2-1 level of support for members to engage with our programmes; if you need this we may be able to help point you in the right direction to get support in place to enable you/your child to come along.
We prefer members do not come with their parents as this should be a space where members learn to be more independent and develop skills to cope without their family around. Of course its great if family members want to visit for the first couple of times though until you/your child feels more comfortable with us! We also love for family to join us at various community and fundraising events during the year, and at our AGM where our members display what they have been up to!

Illuminators

Our Illuminators group is for those aged 18+ and meets Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm. We do not have an upper age limit for this session and encourage people to come throughout their adult life if they wish. This group is more focused on building self-esteem, resilience, having wider opportunities, developing independence skills, being ready for adult life, but also on having fun! (17 year olds may also bridge up into the Illuminators session as appropriate through the year)

Here is our current programme so you can see what kind of things we get up to:

We normally have a 3 week break at Christmas, 2 weeks at the end of August/beginning of September and 2 weeks at Easter. Sometimes we do daytime activities during these breaks though, dependent on staffing & funding.

 

Some of our members bring support workers with them and this is fine; the support worker just needs to introduce themselves to our staff on their first visit.

We have higher than average levels of staffing during our 'Disabilities' sessions, but we cannot provide personal care or any 1-2-1 level of support for members to engage with our programmes; if you need this we may be able to help point you in the right direction to get support in place to enable you/your child to come along.

We prefer members do not come with their parents as this should be a space where members learn to be more independent and develop skills to cope without their family around. Of course its great if family members want to visit for the first couple of times though until you/your child feels more comfortable with us! We also love for family to join us at various community and fundraising events during the year, and at our AGM where our members display what they have been up to!

We also sometimes have Volunteer Support Buddies at Illuminators, who are members of the club who have added responsibility and after a training briefing they are encouraged to be helpful and great role models for our members. Our Support Buddies wear lanyards so you can’t miss them and they are always on hand to show new people around and introduce them to people and help them to settle in. They also help acting as a go-between staff and members when needed.

The Hangout

This group is for young people aged 13-25 years with social or learning disabilities, and meets Tuesdays 7-9pm at the Stokes Youth Centre, Little Stoke Lane. This is a small group which is focused on building confidence, social skills, relationship building, trying new activities, and having fun!
This is a great stepping stone into our youth sessions at other sites or our adults' session once young people approach the age of 18. (17 year olds may also occasionally bridge up into the Illuminators session in Filton as appropriate through the year)
Here is our current programme for this term so you can see what we’re up to:


We normally have a 3 week break at Christmas, 2 weeks at the end of August/beginning of September and 2 weeks at Easter. Sometimes we do daytime activities during these breaks though, dependent on staffing & funding.

Some of our members bring support workers with them and this is fine; the support worker just needs to introduce themselves to our staff on their first visit.
We have higher than average levels of staffing during our 'Disabilities' sessions, but we cannot provide personal care or any 1-2-1 level of support for members to engage with our programmes; if you need this we may be able to help point you in the right direction to get support in place to enable you/your child to come along.
We prefer members do not come with their parents as this should be a space where members learn to be more independent and develop skills to cope without their family around. Of course its great if family members want to visit for the first couple of times though until you/your child feels more comfortable with us! We also love for family to join us at various community and fundraising events during the year, and at our AGM where our members display what they have been up to!

ASDAN Courses & Community Learning

We also run courses specifically targeted at people with learning or social disabilities, funded by the local Community Learning Team and currently we have courses running on Tuesday afternoons. 

For more details about our current courses please contact the office.

Epic Wednesdays

This group is for young people aged 13-25 years with social or learning disabilities, and meets Wednesdays 7-9pm at the Kingsmeadow Made for Ever Centre on Fisher Road, Kingswood. This is a small group which is focused on building confidence, social skills, relationship building, trying new activities, and having fun!
This is a great stepping stone into our youth sessions at other sites or our adults' session once young people approach the age of 18. (17 year olds may also occasionally bridge up into the Illuminators session in Filton as appropriate through the year)
Here is our current programme for this term so you can see what we’re up to:

We normally have a 3 week break at Christmas, 2 weeks at the end of August/beginning of September and 2 weeks at Easter. Sometimes we do daytime activities during these breaks though, dependent on staffing & funding.
Some of our members bring support workers with them and this is fine; the support worker just needs to introduce themselves to our staff on their first visit.
We have higher than average levels of staffing during our 'Disabilities' sessions, but we cannot provide personal care or any 1-2-1 level of support for members to engage with our programmes; if you need this we may be able to help point you in the right direction to get support in place to enable you/your child to come along.
We prefer members do not come with their parents as this should be a space where members learn to be more independent and develop skills to cope without their family around. Of course its great if family members want to visit for the first couple of times though until you/your child feels more comfortable with us! We also love for family to join us at various community and fundraising events during the year, and at our AGM where our members display what they have been up to!

Bedminster - coming soon!

This new group "coming soon" will be for young people aged 11-17years with social or learning disabilities, and will meet Wednesdays 7-9pm at (…TBC!) This is a small group which is focused on building confidence, social skills, relationship building, trying new activities, and having fun!
This is a great stepping stone into our youth sessions at other sites or our adults' session once young people approach the age of 18. (17 year olds may also occasionally bridge up into the Illuminators session in Filton as appropriate through the year)
Our programme will appear here soon:

We normally have a 3 week break at Christmas, 2 weeks at the end of August/beginning of September and 2 weeks at Easter. Sometimes we do daytime activities during these breaks though, dependent on staffing & funding.
Some of our members bring support workers with them and this is fine; the support worker just needs to introduce themselves to our staff on their first visit.
We have higher than average levels of staffing during our 'Disabilities' sessions, but we cannot provide personal care or any 1-2-1 level of support for members to engage with our programmes; if you need this we may be able to help point you in the right direction to get support in place to enable you/your child to come along.
We prefer members do not come with their parents as this should be a space where members learn to be more independent and develop skills to cope without their family around. Of course its great if family members want to visit for the first couple of times though until you/your child feels more comfortable with us! We also love for family to join us at various community and fundraising events during the year, and at our AGM where our members display what they have been up to!