Several years before the beginning of Out of Hours Club Rutland also known as OHCR, two young men were encouraged to go out on Monday evenings to play pool in one of the local pubs supported originally by their parents but this quickly changed to an age appropriate Personal Assistant (PA).
Unfortunately due to one of the young men aspirations he had to give up his pub and pool sessions to concentrate on his university studies.
This left a void in the other young man's life and he became stuck in a rut of never leaving his room in the evenings. So his mum approached a few other mum's and they agreed to help her start a group catering for over 18 year olds, in order for them to begin doing what their peer group does, such as going to the pub, playing pool, going cinema etc with age appropriate Leaders/Personal Assistants
In December 2014 the group met for the first time to go to a pantomime. This was a great success and those that went to the pantomime chose the group's name and in January 2015 the Out of Hours Club Rutland was launched.
We met on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month but after 2 years at the suggestion of one of the members this increased following a very short trial.
In January 2017 the Out of Hours Club Rutland Cinema Group was formed which meets on 2nd Thursday of each month to watch a film of the young adults choosing at either Corby, Kettering or Peterborough cinemas.
To see some of the type of activities that members of OHCR participates in please visit our Website
The members have grown in confidence so much and achieved so much all with the support of the Leaders of the group. However, funding is a major issue for us as we do need to pay Leaders/Personal Assistants with experience.
Over the years we have been fortunate enough to receive funding from various sources to provide basic start up equipment and to pay the salary of the experience Leaders/Personal Assistants.
Here are testimonials from members, a parent/carer, a volunteer and a leader:-
- "I really like going as it allows me to spend time with friends socialising" (OHCR Member)
- "I enjoy the Cinema Group as we have fun have a laugh and have made friends" (OHCR Member)
- "The Cinema Group is fantastic because we go every month to see a different film" (OHCR Member)
- "Thanks again, he’s looking forward to it as ever. I think this is such a brilliant project and it’s a fantastic opportunity for C to try out a bit more independence". (Parent/Carer)
- "The group were so welcoming on my first OHCR cinema trip, that I couldn’t help but want to join in with more activities. I have since been excitedly volunteering on Thursday evenings, gaining further experience working with young adults with additional needs and enjoying the company of lots of new friends". (OHCR Volunteer)
- "When I became a volunteer at OHCR I never thought that I would have enjoyed working with those with additional needs and disabilities so much that I have given up a career that I have had for over 11 years to become a full time Personal Assistant which I do alongside being one of the Leaders of this group". (OHCR Leader)