Learn new skills, improve your confidence and make new friends by taking part in extra activities in and out of school.
Here are few ideas that you could try. Check the links below to find out more about activities available in and around Dudley.
Swimming, football, athletics, judo, rugby, cricket, running, gymnastics ... the list is endless. Many could be available for you to try at school or at a club or centre near you.
Looked after children and full time students in Dudley can get an Options+ Card which gives 50% discount on many leisure activities such as swimming and sports classes as well as some events across Dudley.
Your local swimming pool will probably provide swimming lessons - ask your carer to find out.
Brierley Hill Swimming Club also gives swimming lessons to Dudley Children and Young People in Care. Please contact LACES if you're interested.
Youth Clubs are places where young people can join in with a range of sporting and social activities or just hang out together. Many youth clubs arrange outings and trips for regular members
Dudley runs a very popular weekly Youth Club just for looked after young people aged 12-17. Contact LACES for more details.
The school holidays are a great time to try something new or that you don't have time to do in the term time. Watch this page for information about holiday activities in and around Dudley.
Reading is great way to pass the time and learn about people and places you've never seen. Reading can also help you to make better progress with your learning.
And it doesn't have to be just books - magazines, newspapers, recipes, web sites and reviews can all be interesting, informative and educational.
Libraries aren't just about books - you can get online using their computers and wifi, access their e-resources from your computer at home, hire videos and audio books and you can even ask a librarian to help you with your homework!
Watch out for activities in the libraries for children and young people. Perhaps you'd like to join the Summer Reading Challenge, the Teen Xtra Reading Group or the Homework Club?
If you don't live in or near Dudley your local library will also have activities and resources for children and young people.
The Children in Care Council (CICC) is a group of looked after children, aged 11 - 20 who meet regularly.
They listen to children and young people in care and get involved in things that will ‘Make A Difference’ for children and young people looked after by Dudley Council.
If you would like to join or help the CICC and Make A Difference tell your carer or social worker or email the CICC directly.
Learning to play a musical instrument is a secret weapon to help you make better progress with your learning!
It can improve your memory, help with concentration and orgnisational skills, boost your confidnce amd more! Not only that - it's also great fun!
Tell your school and/or your carers if you want to learn a musical instrument.
Did you know that there are many Museums in Dudley including the Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Museum and Art Gallery?
If you don't live in Dudley there will be lots of Museums where you live as well. Try searching on the internet or look for information in your local library.
Sycamore Adventure is an amazing adventure playground.
It includes the following:
• outdoor camp fires
• sensory room
• arts and crafts
• den building
• nature trails
• a huge slide
• storytelling surrounded by a giant dragon and a
• desert island complete with a boat
Visit the Sycamore Adventure website