Mahdlo runs inclusive Ability Zone sessions alongside the mainstream offer, with activities adapted and support available for young people with additional needs or a disability. We have a wide range of young people accessing the sessions with many different needs, mild learning difficulties to more complex needs such as visual impairment and physical disabilities. Young people are given the opportunity to access a range of activities including boxing, trampolining, karaoke, arts and crafts, cooking, gaming and much more.
Young people are able to access the sessions independently or if required they are able to come with carers or a family member. Additional staff are on hand to offer support to young people if and when needed to ensure the best quality experience.
The aim of Ability Zone is to create an inclusive atmosphere, where young people can make friends with other young people breaking down barriers, creating an understanding of differences, whether it be ability, religion or culture. Young people are empowered, and confidence is built over short periods, when they access Mahdlo.
Mahdlo offers a range of accessible spaces including a sensory room, sports hall and climbing wall, accessible gym, dance studio, arts and crafts area, boxing studio, outdoor kick pitch and a large ‘chill zone’ area.
All activities provided can be adapted to suit a range of abilities and needs. In addition, we also have a range of mobility equipment for moving and handling. Disabled parking bays are available at the front of the building.
FAMILY ABILITY SESSION Sundays 1.30pm – 4.30pm
This session is a great introduction to the youth zone for young people and members of their family.
JUNIOR AND SENIOR ZONE
Juniors (ages 8-12) – Tuesday + Thursday 6.30-9pm; Saturday 10am-1pm
Seniors (ages 13-25) – Monday, Wednesday, Friday + Saturday 6.30-10pm
ABILITY ZONE (Thursday teatime, 4.30-6pm)
What was our Ability Multisport session has now expanded to include arts and crafts, LEGO, messy play and more based on what our young people asked us for. These sessions are specifically for young people with additional needs or a disability (ages 8-25). Read more here.
The Ability Voice provides a platform for young Ability members to have a say in how we run Mahdlo. We currently have 16 young people sitting on the Ability Voice group who are involved with consultations and decision-making to help shape an inclusive and accessible Youth Zone.
A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
The ambition for A Level Playing Field was to see more disabled young people taking part in Mahdlo’s regular day-to-day activities along with their able-bodied peers. Mahdlo will ensure regular activities in the centre are accessed by all young people. The project launched to address issues of limited facilities or services close to home for families with disabled children. The focus of the project was to get disabled young people involved in inclusive sports and recreational activities such as football, badminton, basketball, climbing, dancing and creative activities.
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CHILDREN’S ABLE AND DISABLED SPORTS AT MAHDLO
A Level Playing Field will also see the development of CADS (Children’s Able & Disabled Sport) events operating during school holidays. We will replicate the award winning sports programme run by Seashell Trust. The Seashell Trust’s CADS programme is well known for offering sport, health and leisure activities that are suitable for both able and disabled young people. These events will include both able and disabled children and will include a range of activities such as dance, climbing, trampolining, football, archery and creative activities. One-to-one support can be provided for those with more complex needs. All staff will be provided with training from The Seashell Trust.
CADS has been made possible by the A Level Playing Field project, funded by Big Lottery Fund and St. James’s Place Foundation.
Every young person with a disability, who signs up to be a member of Mahdlo, is invited to meet with a member of our Inclusion team. At the meeting, a tour of the Youth Zone will be given with the opportunity to meet some of our dedicated staff and ask any questions about what we do and what we offer. At this point we will assess the needs of the young person to help make their time at the centre as enjoyable, safe and rewarding as possible.
If you are interested in volunteering for A Level Playing Field, email Sazida firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to give you more information about how you can give more opportunities to young people with disabilities in Oldham.
Mahdlo monitors the participation and progression of young people as part of A Level Playing Field and provides opportunities for feedback on the service, allowing young people to make decisions on the service that affects them. Moreover, we wish to provide opportunities for families to mix socially and feel more connected to their community. By listening to families and learning together, our aim is to see families of children and young people with disabilities flourish as they increase their levels of independence, raise their aspirations and experience improved physical and mental well-being.