Hampshire Youth Project

Hampshire Youth Project is for young people aged 13 to 25 years living in South East Hampshire. We only accept young people living in Portsmouth if they attend a Hampshire school or college.

It has really opened up another avenue for him and made him so very confident

– Enable Ability parent.

Contact details

James Donougher
Telephone: 078 5732 8390 

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The Project aims to provide young people with a mild to moderate learning or physical disability, or an additional need, with the opportunity to engage in a variety of planned activities as part of an inclusive and supportive group setting.  This enables young people to interact and socialise with other peers on a regular basis. A focus is on improving life skills for all young people; including building confidence, independence, friendships and developing socialisation, communication skills, and preparing for employment.

Hampshire Youth Project staff are trained to support young people and accommodate their needs during each activity, regardless of their level of ability, physical or otherwise.  Activities for the project include bowling, wall climbing, swimming, playing pool, visiting the cinema, and enjoying meals out. We do regular cooking sessions with baking being a huge favourite, and we really love our drama. Some of our longer day trips have included a visit to Science Fiction and Comic Cons, the Theatre, as well as a summer visit to Thorpe Park. We love our young people to get involved in planning and are always very happy to receive any input from our attendees in making our programme the best it can be.

All activities for the project usually take place at the weekend, usually on a Saturday with the occasional Sunday.There is no obligation to attend all activities; parents and carers are free to register their son/daughter for as many activities as they please.

Once a referral to our Project has been made – this can be by a parent, the young person themselves or a professional – we arrange a Home Visit to meet the family and have a chat about our Project and what we can offer. 

A minibus service is also provided to accommodate for long distance trips. However most of our sessions will usually take place in SE Hampshire, and if you are unable to find transport to and from the activities then speak to a member of staff as we may be able to help in exceptional circumstances.

As an extension to the project; InterActiv offers a variety of supported volunteering and work experience activities designed to increase each young person’s employability skills. We also offer workshops on CV and interview skills working in partnership with local organisations and providers.

If you are interested in your young person being involved with Hampshire Youth Project, please contact the Project Leader by calling during office hours on 023 9267 1847 or sending an email to hampshireyp@enableability.org.uk

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Key Facts:


Aged 13 to 25 years old living in South East Hampshire  (postcodes PO7 - PO17)

Level of support

Activity-based sessions in a supervised group setting. Young people must be able to transfer themselves with minimal help, communicate their needs and choices, feed themselves and must be able to use toilet facilities with minimal help.


By referral or enquiry. A home visit will be required before attending to assess suitability for the services.


Various places in the local area and sometimes further afield. Normally on Saturdays with the occasional Sunday.


The costs of the support staff are covered by the charity from various funding sources.

Additonal fees

Expenses related to the various activities may need to be paid for by the parents or carers. Transport is available at an extra charge.

More information

Call the office on 023 9267 1846 or email: hampshireyp@enableability.org.uk

Meet The HYP Team:

James Donougher
Project Leader

Lauren Barnard
Deputy Project Leader

Alison Walker
Support Worker

Sophie Hughes
Support Worker

Carol Gouviea
Support Worker

Daniel McCrohon
Support Worker

Shefali Uddin
Support Worker

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