Girlguiding UK aims to provide the opportunity for girls of all abilities to have fun and grow their confidence in a girl-only environment. The organisation aims to actively involve everyone, including those with medical conditions, special needs and disabilities, and work to ensure that they are flexible enough to allow every member to take full part by providing support to enable this to happen.
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.
Diamond provides therapeutic riding and carriage driving for children, young people and adults with disabilities. The age you can start will depend on your disability, but is usually at the age of 5. There are special programmes for specific disabilities that start at age 3. You will need to put your child's or young person's name on the waiting list, which is currently 2 years.
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.
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.
Spangles (External link) - A drama, dance and music group for youngsters with Down's syndrome aged 5-15. Meet Wednesdays term time 4.45pm - 5.45pm. Cost £7 per session: payable half termly.
Chatterbox (External link) - Speech therapy groups for ages 5-15 supervised by Symbol UK. Thursdays at 4PM and 5PM, for 50 minutes. Cost £10 per session.
The Engine Shed is bringing train sets to St Nicholas Community Hall in Sutton every month. The Engine Shed is a special interest group for autistic children and young people who like trains. They can play, talk and enjoy their interest in a welcoming, safe and relaxing environment - and their parents/carers can talk in a supportive atmosphere. No formal autism diagnosis is necessary. The event is suitable for children and young people aged 4-14, and siblings and friends are very welcome to come too. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times during the event.
To book in for a session and for more information visit the website.
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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. The age you can start will depend on your disability, but is usually at the age of 5. There are special programmes for specific disabilities that start at age 3. You will need to put on your child's name on the waiting list, which is currently 2 years.
Focus Surrey is a Saturday club in Cheam for children and young people with autism aged 2 - 16. The club runs September-December and February-May/June (dependent on where Easter falls). The club runs from 10AM-12noon for children aged 2-10, and then from 1PM-3PM for children and young people aged 11-16. The club is also a place where parents/carers can meet other parents/carers in similar positions and listen to talks from guest speakers on autism-related subjects. *Please note that parents/carers must stay on-site for the duration of the club.* Register a child or young person for Focus Surrey.
Get on Downs Sutton
Get on Downs is a parent led support group for families with children and young people with Down's Syndrome or have had a pre-natal diagnosis. We meet every Wednesday, 9.30-11.30AM in term-time at the PlayWise Hub in Sutton Library for good coffee, good chat and great cake. Children and young people of all ages are welcome to play with stimulating toys or in the sensory shed in a safe and comfortable environment. We offer support and advice for new families, arrange useful speakers for informal discussions, and social events, with the occasional spa day.
This support group is for children and young people with autism and similar communication difficulties. They offer a range of playschemes, activities and outings mainly in and around Epsom. Parents/carers can request to receive the Interaktive newsletter. You will need to become a member to participate in activities.
Springboard is a unique community recreation and play centre that caters for all children and young people, including those who are disabled or have additional needs, up to the age of 18.
We provide football training and tournament opportunities for children and young people aged 5-16yrs with a wide variety of special needs. The club targets players with special needs who would otherwise be unable to access football within a mainstream environment. The club aims to develop social and physical skills through football, and in doing so improves confidence and self-esteem and provides the opportunity to play in tournaments.
The Sutton Parents Carers Forum holds regular coffee mornings, training seminars workshops and exclusive disability activities, and we would love to see you at one of these events soon.
Sutton School of Gymnastics offers gymnastics classes for all age groups and abilities.
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.
The Sarawati Yoga Studio offers drop in classes for 5-9 year olds and 10-16 year olds. We also offer courses for children and teenagers and young adults with SEND.