Quidenham Sibz Plus - always welcoming new members!

Quidenham Sibz Plus - always welcoming new members!

Mar 28, 2017

After listening to what young people attending Sibz wanted, Sibz Plus was launched last year. The young people attending wanted a group aimed at high school children with more freedom to enjoy new experiences and meet new people in a more tailored and relaxed environment.

Due to its popularity we’ve seen the group almost double in size in just a year - but would still love to see new young people joining! The days are filled with games, crafts, cooking and therapeutic activities, and we often leave base for outings. “Sibz Plus is very fun because there are lots of activities to do” said one regular attendee. Amy says “Sibz Plus is fun and keeps me entertained.”

We make sure there is plenty of ‘down time’ too to allow the young people to mix, share experiences, support each other and benefit from one-to-one time with staff. One member of the group commented, “The staff are extremely friendly and know how to take a joke well and they’re also very funny and make us laugh.” They went on to say “It’s a good break and distraction from everything going on at home.”

Ben has benefited from making new friends, he tells us “Sibz Plus is fun and you get to meet lots of nice people and make new friends.” This was echoed by another member who says “Sibz Plus is great fun and lets me make friends with people I wouldn’t have met if I didn’t come.”

The next Sibz Plus dates are Tuesday 4th April and Tuesday 30th May - see our events diary for more details.

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St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS

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Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

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Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH