What Next? Programme


Who is the programme for?

The What Next? Programme is suitable for young people with physical disabilities and allied additional needs aged between 16 and 25. The programme is delivered at Lilac House 2 days per week and is free of charge.

Promoting positive mental health What Next is supported by the The National Lottery Community Fund’s ‘Empowering Young People’ programme.


Suitable for young people that are:

- planning of leaving school

- have left school in the last 1-2 years

- not able to cope within mainstream activities

-socially isolated


What does the programme offer?

  • Independent Living

Independent Living offers participants a chance to gain a greater understanding of their strengths and limitations, improve existing and develop new skills.



Themes and activities can include:

Convenient cookery / Money management / Transportation / Keeping safe


Short-term stay

Young people (who feel ready) even have a chance to experience a short-term stay at Lilac House!


Social opportunities

Participants can take part in a range of social and recreational activities. Activities can include day trips, cinema/restaurant visits and cultural and drama experiences - activities that they may not routinely do!




Providing a sense of purpose, young people can volunteer between 3-4 hours per week. Young people that can, can even deliver elements of the activities programmes.

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Young People’s Voice Youth Forum

Hands-on and gives young people a voice. Members can get involved in the planning and development.

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Peer support and mentoring

We offer structured opportunities to support and befriend another young person.


Summer activities

Participants can enjoy a range of practical skills-based and fun activities. Activities can include: Arts & Crafts, music, baking, bowling, team games, adventure golf, cinema and restaurant visits.

 - Counselling course

Young people can gain a CPCAB Level 2 Award in Counselling Skills. This accredited course is delivered at Lilac House by qualified facilitators and offers young people a chance to learn basic counselling skills such as listening and responding skills. This 16-week long programme is free of charge with enrolment twice per year.


When does What Next? programme happen?

For latest information on all programme activities, please speak to a member of our team by telephone on 028 95918051, alternatively email us at hello@autonomie.org.uk


Programme leaflet


What Next programme leaflet

To view and download a PDF copy of What Next programme leaflet, please click the above link. To request a copy in the post please use the 'Contact Form' available on our website here.

Alternatively, request a copy by calling us on 028 9591 8051, or by emailing us at hello@autonomie.org.uk


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