Project information

MIMO (Miss it Miss out) Youth Club

The “MIMO” project seeks to address the mental health and social needs of disabled children and young people, who live in poverty and areas of high deprivation in West Cheshire .

September 2011 - August 2014

Charity information: Live!

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  • Need


    Today, one child in every fifteen, has been diagnosed with a mental health condition. The figures for disabled children are much higher but are more difficult to detect as many behaviours are being seen as part of their disabilities. The current estimate is ninety out of every hundred disabled children and young people have or will have some form of mental health illness during their lives. Families with a disabled child endure high levels of stress and family breakdown.


    This project focuses upon meeting the needs of these children and young people through providing opportunities to participate in challenging and creative activities, which are fully accessible. Levels of confidence, self esteem and assertiveness will increase during their attendance and every child and young person will be shown the respect that they deserve. Families will be able to access high quality time with siblings.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    20 disabled children and young people will have increased levels of positive mental health.


    » Run weekly club sessions (40 sessions per year) at the youth centre.
    » All disabled children and young people will be involved in planning their own programme.

    What success will look like

    Success will be in regular attendance, behaviours showing increased improvement, higher levels of motivation to join in with activities and lots of smiles.

  • Impact


    The project will ensure that the mental health needs and individual rights of disabled children and young people are met and continued in the long term. We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring levels of all the soft outcomes such as self confidence, self esteem, achievment and motivation. We will seek feedback from their families, schools and partner agencies.


    The project is reliant on a high number of trained volunteers. There is a risk that numbers could drop and this would affect the participation of the disabled children and young people. We will ensure that volunteers have the opportunity to become members of the staff team; that they will receive a full induction and training; that they receive regular and recorded supervisions.We will also ensure that all staff and volunteers are vetted and CRB checked.


    Donors to this project will receive regular email reports and updates detailing numbers attending and activities that have taken place and plans of the disabled children and young people. Progress reports on the outcomes will also be given.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £18,709

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,615 Salaries Youth worker and personal care support
      £4,244 Running costs venue, admin, vol expenses, training
      £5,850 Activities trips out, arts and crafts, travel costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Live! in kind venue costs £1,800 Guaranteed
    Connexions Grant £3,142 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will be situated in Chester, West Cheshire. There are several areas with high levels of multi deprivation including rural areas. Chester has a reputation for being rich but many families and children live in poverty. Life expectancy differs by 13 years depending on where people live. There are high levels of domestic violence and alcohol and drug abuse.


    Disabled children and young people aged from 10 to 15 years will benenfit from this project. Families with a disabled child will benefit through having quality short breaks which will enable them to access activities with siblings. This is sometimes impossible when there is disability within the family unit.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Live! has a proven history in working with disabled children and young people. Live! recognises the invidual rights of these children and young people and understands that they are children and young people first and that they just have different needs. Live! uses youth work methods to achieve outcomes for these children and young people and ensures that all have fun in a safe and comfortable environment.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Karen Bedwell

    Youth work co-ordinator. She has the overall responsibility for the delivery of the youth work sessions.

    Matty Gill

    Volunteer. He will support the disabled children and young people to take part in the activities that they have planned.

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