Day two of the What Next? Programme took place on Thursday 5th of July, and to make sure everyone was awake and ready to face a new day, we did some gentle aerobic exercises to promote positive mental health. Following this, participants took part in a session on what we feel is the most important thing about ourselves; what is important to us; what annoys us and how we should consider other people before we react or speak.
Day 1 of our new What Next? Programme took place on 4th July 2018 with Nikos & Daniel from Drakes Music who taught participants about rhythm and how it's around in a lot of things we do in life.
The session gave young people a chance to play the mandarin alongside background musical effects!
Participants also did some sessions on being aware of ourselves and the people around us!
Our Freedom2Choose programme finished on Saturday 30th June with a Youth Forum.
Called 'Young People's Voice', this new forum offered young people a chance to share their experiences and feedback on the latest Freedom2Choose Programme. Young people also got a chance to help plan future programme activities for our new What Next? and Freedom2Choose Programmes.
Autonomie is committed to offering young people a hands-on approach. Already involved in the planning and delivery of elements of activities programmes, young people who can will deliver elements of the activities programmes themselves.
Autonomie is delighted to launch the What Next? Programme with the first session due to take place on Wednesday 4 July 2018. Suitable for young people aged between 16 and 25 living with physical disabilities/mild/moderate learning disabilities this activities programme will offer participants a chance to develop life skills, have new experiences, build friendships.
Designed to promote positive mental health, What Next? delivers fun-packed activities every Wednesday and Thursday at Finaghy Youth Centre, Belfast, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm.
On Wednesday 4 July, Drakes Music will facilitate a creative music workshop at Finaghy Youth Centre. Everyone will get the opportunity to express themselves using a variety of computer interfacing technology and musical instruments regardless of ability.
On Friday 30 June 2018, we facilitated the first ever Girls sleepover at Lilac House (Linked Independent Living and Advice Centre) - with Stephanie & Megan being the first girls to stay at the centre which has recently undergone a transformation.
The girls enjoyed ten-pin bowling, tea at Pizza Hut, followed by shopping for breakfast supplies and snacks. Then it was back to Lilac House to make summer Mocktails and enjoy a relaxing evening with popcorn!
Tessie & Emma who provided the support had a great time too and felt that the young people truly had the ‘Freedom2Choose’ their fun sleepover.
On Wednesday 26 June Autonomie visited Mitchell House School, Belfast.
A big thank you to Principal Miss Donnan - who made us most welcome and thanks also to parent Janice Bailie - Hewitt - who arranged the visit and promoted Autonomie services.
We wish all the school leavers all the best for the future and hope they will consider Autonomie services if they feel we can support them or their families in any way.
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On Wednesday 27 June 2018 we held a successful Annual General Meeting at Lilac House. Thanks to all for your attendance and valuable contributions.
It was great to see you all and we hope it was a good opportunity for you to gain fresh insights, renew some acquaintances and reflect on the past year.
It is an exciting phase at Autonomie and we thank you all for your continued commitment and dedication.
FUN-PACKED ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME REVEALED FOR THE AUTONOMIE SUMMER SCHEME 2018
The Autonomie Summer Scheme is a fun-packed two weeks of adventure, games, and activities. Get creative and design your own Summer Scheme T-Shirt! Try your hand at ten-pin bowling, cook up a storm with our sushi making class, and even take a boat trip up the Lagan.
Autonomie is committed to providing practical support to local families raising a child with additional needs. To celebrate Carers Week, on Friday 15 June, we hosted a Mums’ Pamper Evening at our new centre Lilac House (Linked Independent Living and Advice Centre), Belfast. Guests got to enjoy summer refreshments, relaxation exercises and tips on self-care; with the event facilitated by Helen Morrison.
A wonderful evening for all involved and the next event already planned!
On Friday 15 June we hosted a Lilac House Sleepover!
Young people Gary and Malcolm took part in the Independent Living Experience at centre. The experience was facilitated with the support of two specialised facilitators and is part of the What Next? Independent Living Programme. This programme helps young people transition more successfully into adult life and their own housing.
An evening out at the Odyssey Complex, Belfast.
As part of the experience, the young people enjoyed a Boys' Night Out at the Odyssey Complex, Belfast.