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Young People's Participation Team

Make new friends, have fun, and get your voice heard!

Members of the Hampshire Young People's Participation Team with TV presenter Clare Balding

The Southern Young People’s Participation Team is made up of young people aged 13-25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

We meet one Saturday a month in Cosham. 

The aim of the group is to make new friends, have fun, learn about what affects us and to tell others what we want: to have our voices heard.

What sort of things does the group do? 

We take part in national matters that might affect you. For example, we work with the Department for Education to include the voice of young people in creating and improving policy.

We learn new skills to help you deliver your story, and support with training and workshops.

There is the opportunity for young people to travel across the country with the team and deliver training/workshops to professionals and/or young people about participation, making sure young people with SEND are being listened to. It’s ok if you’re not confident, we are here to support you to develop your confidence and skills in all different areas.

What’s in it for me?

There’s so much to gain from coming along and being a part of our Group…

  • Become more independent
  • Learn new skills
  • Feel empowered
  • Make new friends
  • Improve your self-esteem and grow in confidence

Our Saturday meet-ups are a free service and lunch is provided, too.

Upcoming meetings at Cosham


  • Saturday 16th September – 9.30am – 1.30pm – Cosham
  • Monday 23rd October – 9.30am – 1.30pm – Cosham
  • Saturday 18th November – 9.30am – 1.30pm
  • Saturday 16th December – Christmas Event – Time & Place to be confirmed


Check back soon to see what new events we’ve got planned!

How do I find out more?

If you want to get involved or if you just want to find out more, fill in the form and we will get back to you as soon as we can! 


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“We believe everyone should be heard!”

Carly, YPPT Member


  • Preferred Name: Órla
  • Role at KIDS: Wellbeing co-ordinator.
  • About me: I run the online well-being groups and a group in Wandsworth. I am also a playworker! I have a background in Art therapy. 
  • Fun facts: I love different wheels! I have roller-skates, a surf-skate board and a bike. 


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