Barnardos provide a Pop-Up Cafe for young people with moderate learning disabilities to offer advice, information and support about a variety of 'independence' areas. In addition the Cafe offers the opportunity for young people to relax and meet friends in a recreational 'youth-centre' environment.
Barnardos support those who regulary attend the cafe to develop Friendships Circles. Each Circle is offered one, 4-hour session a month to meet up and access mainstream recreational activities. The dates, times and activities of each of the Circles is young people led and agreed.
In addition, Barnardos provides a short breaks holiday twice a year over a long weekend for two Friendship Circles.
This service is commissioned by Redbridge Children's Services.