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, SEND, 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.
Advocacy for All run a group in Sutton for people with learning disabilities. Action Voices is for young people (aged 12-25). Information can be found below.
Action Voices: A group for young people aged 12-15 with learning disabilities. The group enables young people to speak up and to help make important changes to make life better for young people with disabilities.
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 (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.
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.
There are 3 discos per year held in Nork, Banstead
Spangles (External link) - A drama, dance and music group for children and young people with Down's syndrome aged 5-15. Meet Wednesdays 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. Meet 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.
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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.
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 Saturday Club.
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.
Knots Arts Girls Group runs on Monday evenings during term time at Sutton Life Centre, near Sutton Common. The groups are specifically for girls with social communication difficulties and are structured around weekly activities giving the chance to share experiences, learn new skills and develop communication and friendships. Activities include arts, crafts, music, drama and games and are developed using the girl's ideas, likes and suggestions. The group is £100 per term, although fully funded bursary places are available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ages 11 - 13 years: 6.30PM - 7.30PM
Ages 14 - 16 years: 6.30PM - 7.30PM
Girls Connect is an information sharing forum for parents/carers of girls and women who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder and who live primarily, but not exclusively, in the South West London area. The group is also open to older girls / young women with ASD.
Phab is an award winning club for physically disabled and able-bodied children and young people aged 8 – 16 years that arranges outings to attractions and shows. They also do sports and club/disco evenings.
Palace for Life Foundation run a wide and diverse disability programme that plans to give every person living with a disability the opportunity to participate in sport, improving their motor skills, physical fitness, and giving people the opportunity to develop self-esteem, confidence and gain vital interaction with new friends and the wider community. The Foundation is fully committed to reaching out to areas of the community that don’t have access to sports and physical activity.
The Scouts is for young people usually aged between 10½ and 14 years. A young person can join the Troop at 10 and may stay until they are 15 years old. Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme. "Participation" rather than meeting set standards is the key approach and for the Scout who wants to be recognised for his or her achievements there are a number of Challenges, Awards and Activity Badges. Scouts take part in a balanced programme that helps them to find out about the world in which they live, encourages them to know their own abilities and the importance of keeping fit and helps develop their creative talents. It also provides opportunities to explore their own values and personal attitudes.
There is a Special Needs Explorer Scouts Group (15th Wallington Special Needs) which runs on Wednesday’s between 8:00pm –9:30pm for young people aged 14-18. Learn more about the 15th Wallington Special Needs Explorer Scouts Group.
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.
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.
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.
We aim to help every young person in the London Borough of Sutton to make, be inspired by and to celebrate the music they love. It is the job of Sutton Music Hub to deliver this vision and coordinate all the people, partners and resources needed to consistently strive to reach this aim.
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Services are 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.
Sutton Mencap provides a diverse programme of child-centred activities and play opportunities to meet the needs of children and young people who are referred to us. Activities include sensory play, arts and crafts, stories, music, drama and out-door activities.
Referral to the service is usually via the Children with Disabilities Service 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 email@example.com
Sutton School of Gymnastics offers gymnastics classes for all age groups and abilities.
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 costs £4. Enquire about becoming a Waggy Tails member, or email directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
Exclusive swimming session for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. There is also lots of other activities listed.
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.