Finding accessible leisure activities in your local area can be a good way to minimise transport costs, and enables you as a parent to make sure the facilities available will meet your child's needs. There are a number of ways to find out about activities in your local area:
- contact your local authority and ask for a list of accessible leisure activities in your area. You can also ask for the contact details of the arts development officer and sports development officer who will be able to tell you more about local activities
- ask you local authority if they can carry out an assessment of you and your family's needs and match you to a suitable leisure facility. In some cases, they may also provide help to and from the venue, although this will depend on where you live
- visit your local library, college, theatre or sports centre and ask what activities are available, and what support they can offer your child
- contact your local parent support group, your child's social worker, or your local disability children's team and ask about leisure activities in your area
Our son was in a choir and joined the scouts when he was younger.
There are also national organisations that provide inclusive leisure activities for people with a learning disability:
The Gateway Award is a programme of activities designed for children aged eight years and older. It helps young people to develop new skills, gain independence and get involved in their local community.
PHAB supports a network of clubs across England and Wales and funds residential weeks and short stays to help people with a learning disability get involved in their community. For more information, please visit the PHAB website and find a club in your local area.
This is just a small selection of the many clubs that are available at a local and national level. For more information or for support in finding accessible leisure activities in your area you can contact
Telephone: 0808 808 1111