OnSide is a programme featuring sports, skills, competitions and training opportunities for 11-17 year olds with disabilities and their families.
During school term-time, our trained staff deliver activities focusing on a different sport each session, with an emphasis on developing a range of skills and rules whilst playing games and enjoying fun competitions.
Meet the team
My child has a hidden disability – are there limitations on who can attend?
We warmly welcome children of all backgrounds and abilities who want to come along and join in with the fun! Our charity’s mission is to empower all young people to feel safe and supported so they can build the confidence needed to express themselves fully and become the best versions of themselves they can be.
My child requires one-to-one support – will this be provided by YMCA staff?
We try to deliver one-to-one support where able but encourage young people to be as independent as possible. If your child requires personal support, please speak with the lead staff member on duty before the session so we can discuss options, and ensure the best course of action for your child.
Can parents/guardians stay for the duration of the session?
Of course! We have a room where you can grab a tea/coffee until the session has finished. We also encourage parents to help provide one-to-one support during the sessions and often run family sessions where everyone can take part.
Can an adult attend these sessions?
No. The primary aim of OnSide is to create a safe space for young people (aged 11 – 17) coming together to develop and learn new skills as equals and build a better community. If you are an adult interested in participating in our sports activities, contact our YMCA Outdoor and Adventure team firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is your safeguarding policy?
Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of every child in our care is the YMCA’s absolute top priority at all times. You can read our Safeguarding policy online at https://www.nottsymca.com/safeguarding/
Can I get a programme of upcoming session activities in advance?
Activities are planned on a week-to-week basis and are often dependant on the number/interests of participants. If you would like to discuss the kind of activities on offer, please email programme leader Amy Oakes email@example.com.
Can I become a volunteer for YMCA’s children and young people services?
Absolutely! We welcome anyone who can help enhance the experience for our young participants. All volunteers will need to undergo full DBS checks prior to joining YMCA. For more information, please contact Amy Oakes firstname.lastname@example.org.