EA Sutton Leisure Centres Disability Holiday Programme Summer Half Term 2023

Westcroft Leisure Centre

  • Fit for Sport. Monday to Friday 08:30 - 17:30. Suitable for all children. Email: enquiries@fitforsport.co.uk or call 020 8742 4990
  • Disability Swimming. Tuesday 12:30 - 13:30. Wednesday 18:30 - 20:30. Thursday 19:00 - 20:00. Suitable for all with learning and physical disabilities. Bookable and payable by card at reception or online. 

David Weir Leisure Centre

  • Fit for Sport. Monday to Thursday 08:30 - 17:30. Suitable for all children. Email: enquiries@fitforsport.co.uk or call 020 8742 4990
  • SEN Playworld. Monday 16:30 - 17:30. Suitable for children 2-10 years with learning and physical disabilities. Bookable and payable by card at reception or online. 

The Phoenix Centre.

  • Sportsability. Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00. Thursday 11:00 - 12:00. Suitable for adults with learning and physical disabilities. Bookable and payable by card at reception or online. 
  • Trampolining. Saturday 12:00 - 13:00 and 13:00 - 14:00. Suitable for all with learning and physical disabilities. Bookable and payable by card at reception or online. 

SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan Resources

The Council for Disabled Children have provided some resources setting out the actions government will take to improve the SEND and AP systems.

Read SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan Resources (external link). 

National Autistic Society Card and Autism Alert scheme

If you are autistic of have a family member who is autistic, sometimes it's helpful to have a discreet way to let people know you're autistic and might need a bit more support. Here are two different schemes which might be helpful. 

  • National Autistic Society Care is a good way for you to let people know that you are autistic and that you might need some extra time or help in certain situations. Download the Autistic Society Card (external link). 
  • The MET police has an 'autism alert' scheme, a credit card sized card and a more detailed A5 size passport which gives more details. Once an officer is handed the card, it helps identify the person is autistic and has additional needs. If you would like one for you or your family, email autism@met.police.uk to ask for one and it will be sent to you. The police do not hold any personal data. 

ZSL London Zoo Community Access Scheme

Sutton Council is taking part in the community access scheme with ZSL London Zoo which allows the Council's people services and voluntary and community sector groups to access discounted tickets to the zoo for the people they work with. 

£3 tickets available for :low income families or individuals (proof of eligibility not required when booking via an organisation) and refugees

£6.50 tickets available for people over the age of 60 and may be at risk of isolation and people that have additional needs or disabilities (Free entry for one essential carer per paying disabled visitor). 

Fill in the form to apply (external link). Select 'Sutton' for where users are based. 

Email communityengagement@zsl.org for more information. 

Cost of Living Support

We are here to help you and those you care about with the rising cost of living.

Find out about the range of support provided by Sutton Council, community groups, local charities, and partners. 

Government seeks views to improve lives of people with Down's syndrome

Government launches call for evidence to ensure better access to health, education, social care and housing for people with Down’s syndrome.

People with Down’s syndrome, families, professionals and charities are invited to share their experiences and expertise which will be used to shape new guidance.

Find out more about the Call for Evidence (external link).

The HOPE Study (Health Outcomes of young People throughout Education)

The HOPE study is a new study at UCL and is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Programme for Applied Health Research. The Hope Study is investigating the impact of adjustments for special educational needs or disability (SEND) on children’s health using linked education and hospital data for all children in England (the ECHILD database).

The findings will enable policy makers, service providers and users to make evidence-informed decisions about benefits from SEND provision for health and education and which children benefit.

Find out how to get involved (external link). 

Give your views

The Department for Education are seeking views on the deadline for a local authority issuing proposals to amend an Education, Health and Care plan following a review.

Local authorities have various duties over when and how they must review an individual’s Education, Health and Care plan. The Department is consulting on whether they should:

  • have an additional four weeks after review meetings to finalise any changes they propose to a plan; and

  • have to circulate material for a review meeting a week earlier than currently.

Give your views (external link).

The British Sign Language Bill has received Royal Assent and has passed into law.

The BSL Act 2022 recognises BSL as a language of England, Wales and Scotland. Read more about the British Sign Language Bill (external link). 

Accessible versions of the green paper (29 March 2022)

The Department for Education has published accessible versions of the green paper, including:

  • a full British Sign Language version to support those who are deaf or have a hearing impairment

  • an easy-read version to support those with learning disabilities

  • a guide to help children and young people with SEND or those in alternative provision to understand the green paper and respond to the consultation

View the Accessible versions of the green paper (external link).

Education Secretary's open letter to children and young people on SEND reform (31 March 2022)

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi has written to all children and young people about how he and the Government are going to change the ways that children with special educational needs and disabilities are supported. 

Read the letter from the Education Secretary (external link). 

Changes to the law and guidance about making your own decisions (17 March 2022)

The government is making changes to the rules about making your own decisions. They are updating the Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice and considering a new system of safeguards - the Liberty Protection Safeguards. 

Learn more about the consultation (external link). 

Find an easy-read outline about the consultation (external link). 

Covid 19

Find Coronavirus (Covid 19) Information for Parents and Carers.

COVID - what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges (27 November 2021)

The government continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. The Prime Minister announced on 27 November 2021 the temporary introduction of new measures as a result of the Omicron variant.Read the message from the Department of Education (external link).

Preparing for Adulthood - Parent/Carer Event (8 December 2021)

Find resources from the event, which was held, virtually, on Wednesday 8th December.

Read the slides from the presentation.

Read Questions and Answers from the event.

Download the Preparing for Adulthood Pathway guide (PDF, 594.55KB).

Download the Preparing for Adulthood Transition tool (PDF, 82.48KB)

Subscribe to the Ambitious for SEND newsletter.

The Big Ask (September 2021)

Over half a million young people answered the Big Ask survey. This was the largest ever survey for children in the world. Read The Big Answer (external link).  

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