The Only Way is Up!

October 2nd 2019

Ella is aged 18 and has a severe learning difficulty; Ella has been attending the VIBE session at the Youthy on a Tuesday for 9 years. The VIBE session is a youth club for young people aged 7-21 years of age who have physical or learning disabilities.

When Ella first started attending the Youthy she was shy and quiet and lacked a lot of self-confidence.

To help build her confidence, the Five Lamps, Youth Workers introduced Ella to the climbing wall as she expressed a lot of interest in climbing.

She began on the basic wall gaining more confidence each week then gradually moved along to the overhang feature wall which is for more advanced climbers. Ella looks forward to coming to the Youthy each week and always asks to go on the climbing wall, encouraging others to climb with her.

Ella also enjoys cooking and arts and crafts and has built strong relationships with her peers and the youth workers. Ella has blossomed into a confident, smiley, happy individual and always brings lots of energy and positivity into the Youthy.

Ella said, “I love to go on the climbing wall, I feel very proud of myself when I reach the top.”

Her newfound confidence has also received feedback from the Youth Workers and also her peers who expressed that Ella is also welcoming and friendly to new and existing people who come into the Youthy. She has made lots of friends and her positive attitude and spirit always brightens up the day!

The VIBE Youth club is for young people aged 7 to 21 years with physical and learning disabilities. VIBE is open on Tuesday and Friday from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

Did you know you can also hire our Youthy for children’s parties? Contact us at, bookaparty@fivelamps.org.uk for more information.

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