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TAG Youth Club helping to unlock the potential of young disabled people in the borough

Date: 30 March 2021
Author: Giles Hobart
Title: Chief Executive of TAG Youth Club for Disabled Young People

TAG has been operating for the last 21 years and during this time our dedicated team has worked hard to provide fun, safe and fully inclusive clubs, activities and short breaks for local children and young people with a wide range of additional needs.

Since our launch in 2000, TAG has strongly established itself within the local community, having starting out working with a handful of young people back in 2000, we now reach more than 250 children and young people in the borough, as well as their parents, carers and siblings.

As Chief Executive I was recently awarded with the Children and Young People Now ‘People’s Champion’ Award for 2020. This prize wouldn’t have been made possible without the incredible work of everyone at TAG who help to deliver the amazing service we provide.

My own son, Matthew, who is a TAG member recently told us of his delight with the award. “I’m thrilled and honoured to receive such a prestigious award, but TAG is a real team effort, with dedicated youth workers, volunteers and trustees, devoted to making the lives of vulnerable young people richer."

The award was given, in part, due to the work we have done to support the mental and physical wellbeing of vulnerable young people throughout the lockdown period which left many feeling isolated, confused and anxious.

Once the pandemic began, we delivered over 200 hours of daily online activities and, along with our amazing team of highly trained youth workers, we set up a new weekly Parkour session at Ham Youth Centre.

These sessions have proven particularly popular with young people who had previously been put off traditional sports in the past. The Parkour sessions challenge the whole body in terms of balance, strength and co-ordination.

Find out more information on the work of TAG Youth Centre

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Updated: 9 November 2021