Safe And Supportive - The Directory Group

Safe and supportive

The King’s Arms is an innovative youth project in the heart of Petersfield, which runs a range of clubs for different age groups, aiming to allow local young people to reach their potential and know their worth.

Sandra Owens runs two clubs for young people aged 11 to 18 with autism and learning disabilities, every Monday evening during term time and alternate Saturday mornings.

The group is typically made up of 10-12 young people, with a number of volunteers on hand to offer support and act as role models.

Sandra explains: “The aim of the clubs is to give parents some time for themselves, but also to provide a safe and supportive environment for the young people to develop relationships, enjoy the company of other young people while trying new activities and experiences. All of which contribute to growing their independence skills.”

The club has use of The King’s Arms facilities such as pool, table tennis and video games, and there is usually an activity such as cooking, film nights, quizzes and competitions. Regular trips out include bowling, theme parks and the pantomime.

To find out more about the special needs groups and how you can help, call 01730 231292 or email

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley