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TEENfest

Our residential weekend events for unaccompanied teenagers aged 14-17 years old.

Following the unfortunate cancellation of our 2020 events, we are thrilled to offer TWO TEENfest events for 2021:

 

Frontier Centre Northamptonshire - June 18-20

**The above date is currently under review due to lockdown announcement**

Ferny Crofts Activity Centre Hampshire - October 8-10 - SOLD OUT

 

TEENfest is a wonderful opportunity for teens with TS to meet other teens for a weekend of making friends, mutual support and fun. Many young people with TS have never met anyone else with tics so can often feel alone, isolated and mis-understood. This is an ideal experience to really connect with their peers which can help build self esteem and confidence.

 

Our previous TEENfest events, held in 2018 and 2019, were hugely succesful and life-changing for both attendees and their families. One parent wrote to us to say:

‘It was very emotional leaving him at the event. I could see how relaxed he felt just being himself and not trying to supress his tics. It was amazing and overwhelming seeing him with other people his own age. As a parent you just want your child to be happy and he was. These events are a lifeline in more ways than you can ever know. They provide safe fun weekends, friendships, the opportunity to try new things, the chance to be away from family, making decisions on their own. For family members it gives respite but it also gave me hope that he can be accepted into a social setting. I can't thank you enough’.

 

You can read what our young people took away from their weekend in these amazing blogs:

Read this summary from TEENfest 2018 by Pippa, who hosted the event with her colleague, Emma:

Please note that these events are for unnacompanied teenagers.  Staff from Tourettes Action will facilitate the weekend event, and on-site activities will be fully supervised by venue instructors.

 

Terms and conditions

All partiicipants must have a diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome and be aged between 14 - 17 years old.

The cost of attending a TEENfest event will be £20 per person, which includes accomodation, activities and all meals during the weekend.

We understand that participants may wish to keep in contact through social media.  We encourage continued friendship and support networks, and advise that both young people and parents read our Top Tips for maintaining safety and wellbeing on social media (right hand side)

Please contact TA Event Manager Michele for further information: michele@tourettes-action.org.uk