A Harborough group which supports more than a dozen families with respite care and other services is appealing for people to help them continue to run the scheme.
Inclusive Youth was set up last September in the wake of the closure of a weekly youth club which was run by Leicestershire County Council and the Papworth Trust.
Angelina Jones, one of the co-ordinators, said: “In the lead up to our closure and through the encouragement of the young people and the families that we worked with, myself and two colleagues decided we would attempt to continue the work of the club independently and set up our own service, Inclusive Youth.
“We have now been running since September 2015 and support 15 young people and their families, offering inclusive short break provision and respite care in the form of evening youth clubs to children and young people in the Harborough District (aged 11-18) with a disability, or additional support needs.”
The group runs a weekly youth club at Harborough Evangelical Church, and aims to prevent isolation within the community, as well as engaging young people in activities that build their confidence, self-esteem and independent living skills.
Angelina added: “In order to run our services, we rely on the kind donations of local authorities, charities, businesses and individuals alongside funding bids and fundraising. We have set up a GoFundMe page to enable people to learn more and donate directly at www.gofundme.com/inclusiveyouth.”