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Leisure and Things to Do

Post-16 activities

Young person Activities

Springboard is hosting a range of online activities for SEND young people, from now until the end of September. Find out more about Springboard's Online Sessions

Rangers - Girl Guides UK ( External link)

Girlguiding UK aims to provide the opportunity for girls of all abilities to have fun and become more confident, in a girl-only setting. Girl Guiding UK  aims to involve everyone, including those with medical conditions, special educational needs and disabilities. They can provide support to allow every member to take part. ,
Support available for parents/carers and Leaders who have girls with additional needs in their unit includes: 
•    Fund for Members with Disabilities – A grant can help with providing specialist equipment or support for disabled members on camps and other trips.  
•    A network of Special Needs Advisers at local level who are able to provide support and information for Leaders. 

Advocacy for All (External link)

Advocacy for All run two groups in Sutton for people with learning disabilities. Information about both groups can be found below. 

Speak Up: A group for adults aged 18 and over that have learning disabilities and live, work or study in the London Borough of Sutton. The aims of the group are to: give a voice to members to speak up on various issues affecting people with learning disabilities; have regular meetings to discuss useful ideas that members can take back to the council to resolve; represent people with learning difficulties at various national meetings; organise and support the Sutton Partnership board to give a voice to a wider community of people in the borough. 

Action Voices: A group for young people aged 12-25 with learning disabilities. It encourages and supports it's members to speak up and to help make important changes to make life better for young people with disabilities. 

Free cricket sessions!

All disabilities welcome | Ages 12-25. Every Wednesday at 4pm - 5.30pm (starting 8 September 2021). Westcroft Leisure Centre, Westcroft Road, Carshalton, SM5 2TG. Please contact: 
Neil Bunting on 07900 430044 or email nbunting@surreycricket.com.

Disablility Challengers (External link)

Challengers play and youth schemes are where disabled children and young people feel that they belong, are safe, have fun and make friends. At every Challengers play and youth scheme there are lots of enthusiastic staff so that children and young people will always have someone to play and be with.

Disability Sports Coach (External link)

Disability Sports Coach (DSC) delivers a weekly multi-sport session at The David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton. The pan disability session runs from 11.00am-12.30pm every Saturday during term time and is open to all people with a disability aged 11+ including adults. Sports offered include, boccia, football, polybat, basketball and more. Each term the Club focuses on a couple of sports which they then compete in a fun sports day against other DSC Clubs in their region. 

Disability Swim (External link)

Exclusive swimming session for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.  

Dolphins Swim Club (External link)

The Dolphins Swim Club is for children and young people with learning disabilities. The session takes place at the Latchmere Leisure Centre on Friday evenings, and is for children and young people aged 5-19 years old.We are a friendly Club who play Goalball seriously for fun: come and have a go, all ages very welcome.

Downsyndrome OK (External link)

There are 3 discos per year held in Nork, Banstead

Find out more about The Zone, a Friday night youth club for young people with Down's Syndrome, and their close friends with learning disabilities. 7.30PM - 9.30PM, subscription payable half termly, £3 per session. 

EcoLocal Cycling (External link)

EcoLocal’s cycling activities are good fun, sociable and a great way to get some exercise! Our range of cycles means everyone can get involved.  We welcome all abilities and our activities are accessible for those with disabilities. We run regular inclusive cycling sessions for adults and those aged 14+, who would like an opportunity to experience cycling, learn to ride, regain cycling confidence, improve cycling skills, socialise and get gentle exercise in safe off-road environment.  In school holidays, we often run family cycling sessions for children aged 7+ accompanied by an adult. We offer cycle roadshows to community groups, schools and events, as well as special Cub Scout cycling badge sessions. 

Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association (External link)

Epsom RDA is a registered charity and a member of the National Riding for the Disabled Association.  We provide opportunities for disabled people to learn to ride to benefit their health and general well being. Sessions are held seven days a week at our own stables with indoor and outdoor riding schools.

Explorer Scouts (External link)

Explorer Scouts (14–18) Explorers are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of the Unit, with support and guidance from leaders.

Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. Taking part is the most important thing.  There are a number of Challenges, Awards and Activity Badges for Scouts. Scouts take part in a programme that helps them to find out about the world in which they live, learn about keeping fit and healthy and  helps grow their creative talent. The 15th Wallington Scout Group provides fun and adventure for young people with additional needs. We provide Scouting for young people aged between 6 and 14 years and have strong links to the sections providing continued Scouting for 14 to 25 year olds with additional needs.

Girls Win (External link)

Girls Win is a free and inclusive sports and games club for young women with SEN, aged 16-25. 

For enquiries, contact Maddy Ford on: 07824 589443 / maddyford@changefdn.org.uk

Grow Wild (External link)

Grow Wild is a service in the Sutton area. Their outreach projects are seen as an alternative to day services and are based on outdoor activities and connecting to local environmental projects. These services are not commissioned by London Borough of Sutton. There is a fee for Grow Wild - fees are set after an assessment for support. 

Keen2Go (External link)

Join Team Keen and explore their diverse programme of events and activities for young people with autism and learning disabilities in the London Borough of Sutton. There is a fee for Keen2Go.

Palace for Life Foundation (External link)

Palace for Life Foundation run a disability programme that plans to give every person living with a disability the chance to take part in sport, improving their motor skills and physical fitness. Palace for Life also gives people the chance to develop self-esteem, confidence and make new friends. The Foundation is fully committed to reaching out to areas of the community that don’t have access to sports and physical activity.

The Springboard Project (External link)

Springboard run a Sutton 12-18 group and a 18-25 group providing support to disabled young people through sessions, activities, trips and breaks that give independence, new opportunities and social interaction equal to that of their non-disabled peers. Sessions run all year round, both during the school term and college/school holidays. Activities are tailored to ages and abilities and include sessions in house, in the local community and where possible trips further afield. 

Sutton Library

Sutton library has a collection of 40 multi-sensory books for adults with a learning disability. Bag books can be told in groups or individually and are told through voice and emotion rather than words and pictures. The library also has a collection books Beyond Words, Picture stories are accessible to everyone, whether or not you can read words.

“Sutton library offers a free session for adults with learning disabilities on Wednesdays at 2pm. Using props, staff and volunteers encourage movement and social interaction. “

These books are kept at Sutton Library but can be sent for collection at any library location. Please speak to staff at Sutton Library or email sutton.library@sutton.gov.uk to access these books.

Surrey Wheels for All (External link)

The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children, young people and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity. 
By using specially adapted cycles, the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved.
Surrey Wheels for All offers a great opportunity to provide a friendly, safe and fun environment for developing cycling skills for all and to take a lead in opening up new paths and promoting friendly group activities that can inspire others, irrespective of their individual ability or obstacles.

Sutton Community Farm (External link)

Volunteers come to the farm to learn new skills, share knowledge, meet people and be inspired. Keeping a community farm running involves a wide variety of work. Most volunteers help out with practical activities, and there are opportunities to work outside in the field or inside our veg shed helping to portion and package vegetables. Find out more about volunteering for Sutton Community Farm (external link). Fill out an application form to volunteer for Sutton Community Farm - all applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

For enquiries - Email: sonia@suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk /  Call: 07419 740754

Sutton Mencap (External link)

Sutton Mencap provides children and young people's services as follows: 

After school clubs for children and young people aged 6 to 19, 3.15PM - 5.45PM, 4 nights per week, term times only. 

Phoenix Rangers club for young people with Asperger's aged 14 to 19, 4.30PM - 6.30PM, 1 night per week, term time only. 

Saturday clubs for children and young people aged 6 to 19, 10.00AM - 3.00PM, term time only.

Holiday clubs for children and young people aged 6 to 19, 10.00AM - 3.00PM or 4.00PM, 5 days per week during school holidays. 

Referral to our young people's service is usually via the Children with Disabilities Service or the Transitions Team at the London Borough of Sutton. Please note that due to a high demand for our services there is usually a waiting list. For more information contact Asma Jacob, Sutton Mencap Children's Services Manager on 020 8647 8600 or asma@suttonmencap.org.uk

Sutton Mencap also provides a range of services for those aged 19 and over. For more information on Sutton Mencap, visit the website. To email,  contact Tammy Satchell, Sutton Mencap's Adult Services Manager on tammy@suttonmencap.org.uk.

Sutton School of Gymnastics (External link)

Sutton School of Gymnastics offers gymnastics classes for all age groups and abilities.

Waggy Tails Club (External link)

Waggy Tails is a club for young people (13-18 years old) with special needs/disabilities, with social and communication difficulties being the common link between them. We have specially trained dogs that attend, giving our members the opportunity to interact with them and bring about confidence through responsibility. Waggy Tails happens on Wednesday's during the school term from 4.30PM to 5.45PM. The club meet at Emmanuel Church Hall, Normanton Road, South Croydon (CR2 7AF). Each session is £4. Enquire about  becoming a Waggy Tails member, or email directly on waggytailsclubuk@gmail.com

Wheels for Wellbeing (External link)

Wheels for Wellbeing charity organises inclusive cycling sessions for disabled people of all ages and impairments. They have over 200 adaptive cycles, including tricycles, hand cycles, go-karts, tandems, side-by-sides and wheelchair cycles, to make sure that everyone can find a cycle that suits them.