Things to do
Here’s the exciting bit! Whether you’re after some useful extra information about fostering or generally looking for activities to get involved in, take a look through the directory below.
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Air Training Corps: The Air Training Corps is run by the Royal Air Force and could give you the chance to fly in an aircraft, as well as giving you the chance to take part in lots of exciting and rewarding activities. If you are between the age of 13 and 20 years old, you can be a part of this action packed club and make loads of new friends.
Army Cadets: If you are more interested in getting training on military, adventurous and first aid skills whilst developing discipline and good citizenship skills, then the Army Cadets is for you. If you are between 12 and 18 years old you could join your nearest group.
Children’s Commissioner: The Children’s Commissioner for England promotes and protects children’s rights. She listens to what children and young people say about what matters to them and makes sure adults in charge take these views into account.
The Children’s Commissioner website has lots of advice and information for young people and ways to get in touch with the Commissioner.
Connexions Direct: Information on topics such as careers, housing, finance and relationships for young people aged between 13 and 19 years.
Direct Gov: Access to a wide range of online services for young people.
Girl Guides: If you are a girl or young woman between the age of five and 25 years old, you might want to try the Girl Guides. Like the Scouts, the groups meet regularly to try new things, have new adventures and experiences, and learn new skills. You can develop your self respect and self confidence, and make lots of new friends whilst having some fun.
Info 4 Care Kids:This website is produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence and includes all sorts of useful information for children in care.
National Association of Youth Theatres: If you want to try singing, acting or dancing, then there are loads of drama groups to get involved in. It’s a great way to meet people and build your confidence.
Poetry Society: Sometimes writing things down is a great way of expressing your thoughts, ideas and imagination. Perhaps you fancy writing short stories, plays or even poetry?
Sea Cadets: Maybe you fancy challenges both on and off the water? If you choose to join the sea cadets you could meet new people and have some great adventures through an organisation supported by the Royal Navy. You can join if you are between 12 and 18 years old. If you are between 10 and 12 years old, you could join their Junior Section.
Sport England: A great way to get active, improve your health and meet new friends is to get involved in sports. There are loads of different things you can try – both indoors and outdoors; in a team with others or on your own. There is something out there for everyone.
St John Ambulance: If you’re aged between 10 and 17 years old, you can join one of the St John Ambulance Cadet units, which operate throughout the country. At cadets, it’s all about fun, adventure and community. If you’re between 10 and 18 years old, you can join St John Ambulance and learn vulnerable first aid and leadership skills as part of a development programme. You will also have plenty of fun and make new friends. If you’re between five and 10 years old, you can join the younger Badgers group and join in too.
Talk to Frank: Information and advice on drug related issues.
Thinkuknow: Information on how to stay safe whilst using websites, mobile phones and other technology.
The Prince’s Trust: The Prince’s Trust is a UK charity that gives practical and financial support to vulnerable young people who need it most. They help develop key skills, confidence and motivation; enabling young people to move into work, education and training. If you’re 14 or over, then the Prince’s Trust can help you to take responsibility for yourself – helping you build the life you choose rather than the one you’ve ended up with.
There4me: There4me is a NSPCC website for 12 to 16 year olds who are worried about something and need help.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a voluntary, non-competitive and flexible programme of cultural and adventurous activities for all young people, whatever their background or ability. The Award is widely recognised by schools, colleges and employers as a way of seeing that you have developed as a person and have a range of skills outside of school achievement. The scheme is open to all 14 to 25 year olds.
The Scout Association: The scouts is a club for six to 25 year olds. The clubs provide regular meetings where you can do adventurous activities and develop your own skills whilst meeting new people. Their activities promote physical, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being.
Youth Access: Youth Access is the national organisation for young people’s information, counselling and support services.
Youth Music: You probably like listening to music but have you thought about getting involved yourself? Whether you already play an instrument or want to learn, or if you fancy having a go at singing, then there are plenty of options.