Yippee – Short Breaks for children with disabilities
Yippee is the YMCA’s warm and welcoming playscheme for children aged 5-11 with a wide range of disabilities and complex needs.
Yippee provides age appropriate activities for children, ensuring that they can play with friends and try out new activities, whilst giving families some support.
“Having the Yippee club means that we as parents have peace of mind knowing that our son is cared for in a safe, loving and caring environment giving him time to meet and interact with other children and get involved in loads of different activities.”
We believe that all children have the right to play, regardless of their individual ability. That is why we provide qualified and experienced staff within all our Yippee schemes, to enable disabled children to take part in a variety of activities.
The YMCA Sovereign Centre in Reigate is a purpose built centre for children and young people with disabilities. The centre is fully accessible and houses a sensory room, soft play room and multi-use activities room. Accessible toilets, changing rooms and a hoist system mean that disabled children and young people can fully participate in activities. A pick up and drop off service may be available, please contact us for more details.
All staff are trained in meeting the needs of children with disabilities and have special training in behaviour management (NCVI) and communication methods, such as Makaton. A high staff to child ratio ensures that each child receives the support they need and, with the help of young volunteers, they create a lively and fun atmosphere.
Reigate | Every Thursday | 3.00-6.00pm
Reigate | Every Saturday | 10.00am-4.00pm
Reigate | Weekdays | 10.00am-4.00pm
Crawley | Weekdays | 10.00am-4.00pm (February, Easter and Summer holidays only)
Reigate | YMCA Sovereign Centre, Slipshatch Road, Reigate RH2 8HA
Crawley | Manor Green Primary School, Lady Margaret Road, Ifield, Crawley RH11 0DU
“Just a note to let you know how much Tara is enjoying Yippee club. She really looks forward to coming. It has been such a positive experience for her as she can be such an anxious child and it normally takes her a long time to be confident enough to be able to stay without my support. She obviously feels very happy and secure there. I really like the way that we have a designated member of staff, so when I drop off and pick up I have good feedback from the staff about how her day has been. We feel very lucky to have found Yippee club.”
Find out more
To find out more about Yippee, please contact our friendly team:
Tayla Woods (Reigate)
T 01737 222859
Matt Howson (Crawley)
T 01737 222859
If have have any feedback on our Children’s Services, please print off a feedback postcard and send back to us.