Ignition is an award winning mentoring program for teenagers with cerebral palsy. Participants meet with their mentor for relaxed discussions about aspects of life that matter to them and also take part in fun activities in and around the city.
Mentoring has been shown to be an effective tool in helping teenagers with a disability to build self-esteem, confidence and resilience. Ignition also offers participants the opportunity to make a new circle of friends among people who understand their situation. A parallel-run group for parents offers the opportunity to socialise with other parents and discuss common issues about raising a child with a disability.
ABC Newcastle interviewed some of our participants, mentors and staff in September 2012. Have a listen to find out a little more about what it’s like to take part in the program.
Who is this service for?
This is for teenagers with cerebral palsy aged 14 – 16 years who attend mainstream schools and do not have an intellectual disability. The program is offered to teenagers living in the Sydney metropolitan area and in the Hunter region of NSW.
When is it available?
Ignition is run from March to November in Sydney and March to September in the Hunter. The sessions usually take place in the early evening.
Where is the service available?
The programs are run at venues in Sydney’s CBD and Hamilton in Newcastle.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost for this program.