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Youth Ascends - Plymouth Information, Advice and Support

Youth Ascends is Plymouth's SEND (Special Education Needs and Disabilities) youth forum. 

Contacts details

Address:Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre
Beacon Park Road
pl2 2pq
Telephone number: 01752 258933

What is a forum?

A forum is a method of sharing ideas and talking about an issue or problem.

Our forum is open to young people with SEND from 5 - 25 Years Old. Our forum encourages young people to engage in discussions and feed experiences and views to our young person's steering group.

What is a steering group?

A steering group is a group of people who runs the forum, represent the voice of the forum and engage with professionals in strategic planning.

Our steering group is made up of disabled young people aged between 14 and 25. They act to make sure young people's views are taken into account within strategic planning for provision in Plymouth. Disabled young people feel they can use the forums steering group as an access point to Plymouth City Council. The group discusses issues that affect them and other disabled young people in Plymouth. They advise from their own experiences and have a passion to make sure that young disabled people's opinions are valued, their views heard equally with other members of society and by professionals in the city.

Currently the forum is looking at accessible transport in the city and is gathering young people's experiences of bus travel, taxi transport, home school transport and travel training in the city.

Young people can engage with the forum through their educational / post 16 providers / youth groups or agencies by attending facilitated discussion groups, drop ins, school council meetings or by surveys, email and text communication.

For further information of how you can be involved please contact Youth Ascends on 01752 258933 or email

Age range
  • Primary - 5 to 11 years
  • Secondary - 11 to 18 years
  • Preparing for Adulthood

  • Based: Plymouth
    • 5 to 11 years old
    • 12 to 16 years old
    • 17 to 25 years old
    • Communication impairments
    • Learning disabilities
    • Physical disabilities

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