National Groups/Opportunities

Ambitious Youth Network

Ambitious about Autism has today launched the UK’s first online platform for autistic young people. This network is a space for autistic young people, between the ages of 16-25 to meet other autistic young people, take on new paid opportunities, and join one of our group panels. The network is a fun and friendly space for autistic young people to be themselves. Find out more about the Ambitious Youth Network (external link).

FLARE (Friendship, Learning, Achieve, Reach and Empower)

FLARE is a national young people's advisory group which is formed of twelve 13 to 25 year-olds with SEND from around the country, to advise, challenge and support the government about how the SEND reforms would affect disabled children and young people directly.

Meet the FLARE members (external link).

FLARE members are passionate about ensuring disabled children and young people have an equal say in the policies and practices that affect them and their families. FLARE and other young people involved in regional groups within the programme play a key role in ensuring the voice and experiences of disabled children and young people are fully included in this work.

British Youth Council

The British Youth Council empowers young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. They support young people to get involved in their communities and democracy locally, nationally and internationally, making a difference as volunteers, campaigners, decision-makers and leaders.

Find out more on the British Youth Council website (external link). 

National Citizens Service (NCS)  

The National Citizens Service (NCS) are committed to working with Local Authorities to ensure that at a local and national level they can support young people in areas that need it the most, supporting local communities to level up and build back fairer. Further information is available about how they can support local authorities on the about us section of their website (external link). There is also a govenment website linking to NCS Local Authority guidance. Visit the Government website on NCS (external link). 

Duke of Edinburgh  Award

The DofE Award is open for all, no matter what the young person's background is. Young people with SEND can complete the same award as those without SEND, as the DofE programme is completely personalisable based on a young person's interests and hobbies.

You can find out more about the DofE and additional needs on their website (external link).