Personalised Packages and Learning

Personalised Packages and Learning

Many young people and their families/carers prefer to choose a range of activities in York. Most young people with complex needs want to have a full, varied and active week. Specialist Careers Advisers and learning providers will work together with a young person to identify provision that enables them to meet their learning and skills goals.

Some young people also access:

  • York College
  • Blueberry Academy
  • Choose2 Youth- these programmes are tailor made to suit individual interests, skills, abilities and goals. The programmes include sessions on functional skills, communication, drama, skills for life, up cycling, crossfit, swimming and working on an allotment. Through this programme employability skills, work placements and enterprise sessions are provided.
  • The ToolBox Project- an exciting Youth Mechanics workshop based in New Earswick, York. Offering budding mechanics right the way through to adults the chance to access accredited learning within the motor trade. 
  • Community Base Day Service
  • United Response
  • Ad Astra -we offer a means of education and engagement that is tailor made to suit each individuals needs. Working in partnership with Natural England and their team at Lower Derwent Valley National Nature Reserve we can offer practical experience in the great outdoors. We back up what we do with in-house accreditation and LANTRA qualifications we also develop links with potential employers that can lead to full-time employment. Contact if you have any questions.
  • Tang Hall SMART- a social enterprise operating from Burnholme Community Hub in Bad Bargain Lane, York- providing popular music and arts-based clubs and other provisions for the local community and also to those experiencing disadvantage from the wider York area. Their offer includes:
    • Pathways Programme- Individualised programmes, for post-16 learners with an EHCP. These programmes include music, electronics workshops/ Hand-skills, promotions, marketing and business and hospitality. These programmes run approximately 14 hours per week in small vocational- type settings. Also includes elements of job coaching- via York Learning
    • SoundSMART music training programme for adults at 18+ years who have learning disabilities (Mondays 10.15am- 3pm)
    • Inclusive Rock and Pop school for 13+ (Mondays 3.45-5.15pm)
    • SAFE BASE- weekly provision for traumatised young people who have dropped out of school, typically with a late diagnosis of Aspergers- this provision is not a music based one, but uses a person-centred, project based approach which incorporates disciplines as diverse as electronics, computers, art, video- making, creative writing etc (Tuesdays 1-3pm)
    • SMART-WAYS Programme- this programme is intended for post-16 learners who have an EHCP. This programme is aimed at young adults who would enjoy a range of activities within a smaller more vocational type of setting. A high degree of flexibility and attention to the needs and interests of the individual is offered to all. Courses ranging from entry level to level 3 are all accommodated. The pathways include- music, electronic workshop/ handskills, promotions, marketing and business and support assistant (however the programmes can be arranged to include a mis and match of these)
    • Accredited music- provision for teenagers who have learning disabilities either via Applefields or via a mainstream secondary school (Thursday 9.30am-11.45am)
    • Electronics workshop provision for teenagers who have learning disabilities (Thursdays 1.30-3pm)
  • York Learning's 16-25 provision Routes to Success -a supportive study programme that enables young people to move into adulthood with confidence and resilience, as well as relevant skills and qualifications.
  • Supported Internships and Apprenticeships
  • individual budgets if they access social care
  • Choose2, our fully inclusive youth club. “Yes I love coming. It gets me out. This is the place where I can tell everyone everything and feel really relaxed.”
  • a health action plan for those with complex health needs
  • mentoring services
  • access to colleges outside the city of York if young people have needs which cannot be met in York

Useful documents


Local Area Teams Information Service (formerly York FIS)

01904 554444