New Learning Disability and Autism Disco for young people aged 16 +
23rd January 2018
Working within supported living it became apparent there isn't much available for people with disabilities to enjoy on an evening and our disco gives many people an outlet to meet new people and have fun.
Louise came on board and together we raised enough money to buy music and lighting equipment which the first venue didn't have.
By the end of November, we realised our old venue just wasn't big enough and moved to The Vic, Swinton.
The Vic is massive, and the landlady is fantastic offering us use of all her lighting equipment, popcorn machine and catering equipment should we want to use it.
The Vic has disabled access and a disabled toilet. Parking is at the side of the venue and along the main road. The drinks aren't expensive which is ideal.
Myself and Louise connect to the speakers and play music through our phones we ask around for favourite songs giving it a person-centred approach and involving everyone we can also play personal CDs when requested. We interact with all the people who attend encouraging fun, laughter, dancing and singing. We hold weekly raffles and dancing and singing competitions.We always have snacks available on the tables for everyone crisps, sweet or popcorn.
Both me and Louise do this entirely voluntary with no company input and we do this because of the difference it makes to the people we support. The smiles on their faces makes it all worthwhile.
The discos are every Wednesday from 6pm-8.30pm.
We do ask for a £2 entrance donation, this is to fund raffle prizes and future events.
We are currently setting up a valentine’s disco for the 14th February we've hired a DJ & karaoke equipment etc.
I hope our discos will be of interest to you. We are trying to get the word out and build a fun, safe, interactive environment for everyone to come and dance the night away.