Latest Freedom2Choose Pilot Programme Announced

Following on from the last Freedom2Choose programme which saw young people develop teamwork skills, creativity, listening skills, fitness and wellbeing, young people will have a chance to join us for the latest programme which runs from 27 April through to 30 June 2018. 

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The Theme of this programme is 'Personal Boundaries and Limitations'.

The purpose of this programme is to give the participants awareness of appropriate behaviours towards a range of people - such as family members and strangers. 

The programme will focus on the concept of respect, whether earned or to be earned. Looking at personal space and when and why it is important to be respected. This will include 'stranger danger'. 

All activities will reflect on the above areas of the programme e.g. Pebble Exercise - looking at each person's relationship map and who is automatically given respect and who needs to earn it, but also how they should be treating each of the identified people.

Personal Space  - What is it, why do we need it and when it's appropriate to encroach on another person's.

Ten Pin Bowling - Looking at the boundaries of lanes, of people's playing space and sitting in appropriate places and respect each player by giving them the space to play.

Amazon Animal Show - What animals live solitary lives and who likes to live with others - what happens if you mix this up.

Vinyl Printing - A Father's Day activity and choosing what is appropriate to print for your parent/carer. 

Ark Farm -  What animals are together and looking at animals who prefer to live in a 'free environment' whilst others prefer a pen/run.

Day trip to Newcastle - Looking at the various environments in which we come into contact with strangers, how this can involve personal space but also how others may see us. 

Programme aims

Young people with additional needs aged between 16 and 25 can benefit by attending Freedom2Choose a variety of ways. 

Young people can expect to develop:

  • Personal Development 
  • Listening Skills
  • Budgeting
  • Fitness and Health
  • Good Mental/Physical Health
  • Personal Awareness
  • Healthy Eating

Empowering young people

All participants will get the opportunity to take part in all activities, but as the programme is Freedom2Choose - we hope that each young person will choose what and when they take part. 

All activities at Finaghy Youth Club will take place from 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm. Outing information will be confirmed closer to the dates. 

All members are asked to make a voluntary donation of £3.00 per week.


Main outcomes 


Main outcomes will be to have awareness of own personal spaces, and being aware of other people and their personal space, as well as looking at activities that develop an individual's awareness of how close to be to others which is comfortable. The programme will also focus on aspects of mutual respect and who deserves respect. By attending young people will also get the opportunity to look at personal challenges and how these can be overcome and managed. 


Each Saturday - general schedule will be:

2.00 - 2.15 Arrivals and Updates

2.15 - 2.45 Workshops (Shared activities between Autonomie and SBAP)

2.45 - 3.00 Break and Free Time

3.00 - 3.30 Interactive activities

3.30 - 4.00 Food and Evaluation

Freedom2Choose programme April - June 2018


Each Saturday Volunteers and Staff will include:

  • Lynne Morrison
  • Trevor Boyle
  • Michael Reilly
  • Emma Hughes
  • Emma Cockcroft
  • Denis O'Neill
  • Jonty Johnston
  • Tessie Gagliardi
  • Sarah
  • Gail McGivern