LWCA is a charity, established since 1998 which exists to provide short breaks for children and young people with additional needs. There are 2 projects within Leeds Weekend Care Association.
Weekenders Club/Teen Scene: Is a play scheme operating from Vine Education Centre in Leeds 6. We are open Saturdays, 47 weekends per year. Children and young people who attend Weekenders Club/Teen Scene can access the club once for 3hrs every four weeks. Our ½-day sessions are 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. or 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 pm. When a child is allocated a group, this group stays the same for each visit. Our staffing level is one staff member/volunteer to one child/young person. All of our staff are experienced and well trained and work alongside dedicated volunteers to enhance the service we provide.
We provide drinks and snacks at each session, but you are welcome to bring your own. Vine is a venue that provides safe outdoor space, large indoor spaces and personal care suites.
There are lots of resources for children and young people, including a bouncy castle, a ball pool, adapted bikes and sensory equipment. We also provide activities such as baking, arts and crafts and sports activities. We also welcome specialist workers, such as sports specialists, Zumba instructors and children’s entertainers.
Family Contributions are £11 per session.
The Out and About Project: Is for teenagers with inclusive needs between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. We organise approx. 5/ 6 outings per month and invite young people on our register to those events. During term time the events are between Monday and Friday in the evenings. In the school holidays, day trips are organised. Typical outings are: Bowling, eating out, disco, BBQ, picnic and games in the park, theatre trips, Trampolining, cinema, bowling, snooker nights, pamper evenings, youth club nights, film nights. We are open to suggestions from young people and organise events according to the interests of the group. The cost varies depending on the price of each trip. £10-£30.
For both of the above projects, families can self-refer. The responsibility for transport is with the family and we do not have funds to organise transport