New Ham Club ‘tags’ £4.9k in Civic Pride

Release Date: 31 July 2017

A new activity club for children and young people with disabilities has opened at Ham Youth Centre, thanks to funding from Richmond Council.

Tag Juniors, based in Ham, is a ‘universal club’ for children with disabilities aged between 10 – 15 years old, their siblings and friends. Thanks to funding from the Council’s Civic Pride Scheme, the new club has opened on alternate Friday evenings for up to 20 people.

The club provides activities including art and crafts, drama, sports, cooking and music.  It also runs a tuck shop and operates like any universal Club (which their siblings and peers would attend) but ensure activities are adapted to ensure the needs of all the children and young people are met. 

The Council’s Civic Pride Fund is available to individuals or groups who want to organise a project or event to improve their local area and deliver more for their local communities. Grants of up to £5k are available to organisations and £1k for individuals.

Cllr Susan Chappell, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Schools and Young People, said:

“Supporting children with disabilities is one of the major priorities for the Council. This funding will be used to provide a safe and fun environment where children and young people can meet up and enjoy a range of activities that are accessible for all abilities.

“I am pleased that this funding can be used to help the Tag Youth Club and I look forward to attending one of their social evenings in the future to see the activities in action.”

Giles Hobart, from the Tag Youth Club, said:

"It's fantastic that we have been able open this new youth club thanks to a Civic Pride grant, which has enabled more young people living in Richmond to take part in leisure activities"  

For more information visit the Tag Youth Club website.

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Reference: P358/17

Updated: 31 July 2017