Supporting children and young people with a sensory loss to build confidence, self-esteem and life skills.
Whether you are a young person, or the parent of a child with a sensory loss, our YPSS provides support, activities, trips and social groups to help our youngsters build friendships, try new experiences – and have fun.
Our YPSS hosts activities and youth groups in Aberdeen and Moray, as well as supporting young people and their families in their local community. From support groups for parents of babies with sensory loss, to guidance for teenagers about to enter the workplace, our team works with young people from infancy to adulthood to enable them to get the most out of life. Our varied programme of activities and outings may put children outside their comfort zone but, with tailored support to meet each youngster’s needs, they will come home smiling! We support each child as they develop friendships, grow in confidence and improve their independence. Parents also have the chance to share their experiences and learn from each other.
Often our school age children are the only one in their class with a sensory impairment, contributing to their feelings of isolation and exclusion. Our YPSS staff and volunteers are highly skilled and experienced, providing a tailored response to each child’s needs. Our children and young people can participate in a wide variety of age-appropriate activities in a safe and supportive environment. These include, for example, horse riding, paddle boarding and climbing – activities from which they may previously have been excluded. This participation, along with the encouragement of the friends they make through our YPSS, builds their confidence, independence and social skills – and increases their ambition.
“The kids love it and feel very included when they’re all together doing these activities. We’ve been so fortunate being members of North East Sensory Services … we’ve made brilliant friends and receive great support.” a Mum in Aberdeen
“That’s all he talks about – the things he has done and the people he has met with you. I am very impressed!” Family friend