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The Hub

The Hub is a weekly Drop In service, funded by Children in Need, for young people with Learning Disabilities, Autism, Mental Health concerns and their non-disabled peers. This project provides a safe, supportive, informal and inclusive environment for young participants to meet up and make friends.  Activities within Hub focus on friendship and personal development and the young people have the freedom to choose all of the activities.

Games Night

Craft Activities

High Fives


Uno Championship

The concept of BB Hub grew from previous youth projects where feedback from the young people was that they wanted to have a safe space that they could call their own where they could ‘meet up and just be teenagers’.

Peer Support

The Hub is in the process of recruiting new members and aim to benefit 60 disadvantaged young people and 30 peers over the 3 year lifespan of the project.  At the moment sessions are held weekly, alternating between Tuesdays and Thursdays and the young people have held a focus group to decide what sorts of activities they would like to happen during the sessions.  They have come up with a lot of ideas including Scavenger Hunts, Baking/Cooking, Karaoke nights, Games Nights, Multi Sports, Art Projects etc…..a number of which have already happened.  They have also expressed the importance to them of having ‘downtime’ where they can just hang out with their peers.  Of course the young members have also come up with a number of ‘expensive’ activities (such as Residentials, Clip n Climb, theatre trips and We are Vertigo so we will be doing some fundraising to try and achieve at least a few of these activities.


Caroline McKeever (Mum of a Hub Member)

“I just want to let you know how much Mark enjoys the Hub Drop in.  He loves the company of other teenagers. It is quite a chilled environment and after school it is nice for him to be able to relax with friends.  He lives at home with just his dad and myself, so the drop in gives him a chance to mix with his peers. He loves playing snooker with someone other than me and his dad.  The hub has given Mark a bit of independence and he really looks forward to it”.

Natalia at Hub

Natalia McClelland (Hub Member)

“I think Best Buddies is really good.  I enjoy making friends the most and seeing them every week.  Best Buddies makes me not lonely and I get out of the house.  I would love it if we went on another residential to Bushmills.  Best Buddies makes me feel happy”.


The Hub is currently held on alternative Tuesdays and Thursdays each week at 20 Seymour Street, Ballymoney, BT53 6JR.  For more information about HUB, contact CAN on 02827669030.