August 2017

Glasgow - Cosgrove Care Summer Programme

There's something going on every day at the Walton Community Centre in Giffnock this summer!

Please note that the Art Classes are already full.

Timetable for Summer 2017 (169.3 KB)

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UK - Wheels for All 

The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children 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.

All the centres are equipped with specially adapted cycles and Wheels for All trained leaders, who have the knowledge and confidence to work with adapted cycles for participants to enjoy the benefits of cycling. The centres welcome individuals, groups and families to be involved.

Wheels For All Training gives individuals, carers and support staff the confidence to work with adapted cycles for their clients or family member so that all can enjoy the benefits of cycling in a sociable environment. We even provide the adapted cycles so everyone can get involved.

Cycling Projects works with occupational therapists, sports development, local councils, Primary Care Trusts' care support staff, as well as the support staff and parents of those pre existing services users.

There are currently over 50 Wheels for All centres across England, Wales. Click here: Find a Centre to find the nearest one to you.

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UK - Riding for the Disabled

If you or someone you know is looking for therapy, a new challenge, or just the chance to socialise and have fun – why not find your nearest RDA Group today.

Become Part of Something BIG

RDA has nearly 500 Groups across the UK who organize activities for a big community of 28,000 riders and carriage drivers all made possible by around 18,000 volunteers.

Lots to Do

RDA offers a wide range of different activities and equestrian disciplines for you to try. These range from riding and carriage driving to showjumping, vaulting, dressage and endurance. There are regional and national competitions to take part in as well as holidays and education programmes. All help to develop your skills and -of course- are great fun!

Get Involved

As well as riding and driving many participants wish to get involved as volunteers and coaches. Perhaps you have skills you could share with RDA and don’t forget it’s not just about working with horses there is a role for everyone in RDA!

Get Started

Find details of your nearest Groups here: http://www.rda.org.uk/rda-groups/.

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Leeds - Mencap Summer Play Schemes

We are running three weeks of playscheme over the summer for children with learning disabilities age 4-18 years old

Our playschemes are open to all young people with learning disabilities and additional needs in Leeds and emphasise having fun and making new friends. They run for different age groups throughout the year and children who attend them typically return again and again.

Our summer playschemes run out of our bright and welcoming building at the Vinery Centre where facilities include a playroom, outdoor play area and equipment, a sensory room, pool, air hockey and table tennis tables, and much more.

We have given each day at playscheme a broad theme and will be planning a variety of group activities and workshops each day for young people to take part in. We will also be having trips out to places such as Eureka, Doncaster Dome and the Yorkshire Wild Life Park.

Our summer playschemes will be running on the following dates:

• Monday 7th August – Friday 11th August 2017 – 9- 13 year olds

• Monday 14th August – Friday 18th August 2017 – 14-18 year olds

• Monday 21st August 2017 – Friday 25th August 2017 – 4-8 year olds

The charge is £17.50 per day and the playscheme runs 10:00am to 3:00pm. The closing date for applications is Sunday 2nd July 2017, so don’t delay! Visit http://www.leedsmencap.org.uk/support-for-young-people/summer-playschemes-2017 for more information.

If you have any queries please contact Gemma Airey on 0113 235 1331 or email info@leedsmencap.org.uk.

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London - Skills Builders Camp

Join Norwood at Binoh’s exciting and educational Skill Builders Summer Camp and help your child improve their fine and gross motor skills in an enriched sensory environment.

What's on offer

Fun activities and games run by experienced Occupational Therapists.
Daily participation in a social skills group run by Speech and Language Therapists.
A drop-in service with our Educational Psychologist to discuss your child’s well-being, learning or behaviour.
A summary meeting held at the end of the week with parents.
Families can sign up to either the Lego camp (being run by the SLT team) or the Skill Builders camp (being run by the OT team).

The camps are designed in such a way that during breaks there will be cross-over between the therapists so that each child will have the opportunity across the week to be observed by therapists from different teams while still having their primary focus in the area that their parents have selected.

The Details

WHEN: 9.45am–12.30pm, Monday-Friday, 7-11 August OR 14-18 August
WHERE: The Kennedy Leigh Family Centre - NW4 4HJ
PRICE: £225/week per child
AGE: 7-11 years old

For further information, please contact Anna Gordon on 020 8809 8809 or anna.gordon@norwood.org.uk.

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London - Lego Therapy Summer Camp

Join Norwood at Binoh’s exciting and educational Lego Therapy Summer Camp and help your child to improve social and communication skills.

Lego-based therapy is a fun way to build confidence, develop language skills and improve children’s organisational and planning skills as they build sets of Lego bricks together.

What's on offer

Lego building activities run by our experienced team of Speech and Language Therapists.
A stimulating range of games and physical activities run by our Occupational Therapist.
A drop-in service with our Educational Psychologist to discuss your child’s well-being, learning or behaviour.
A summary meeting held at the end of the week with parents.
Families could sign up to either the Lego camp (being run by the SLT team) or the Skill Builders camp (being run by the OT team).

The camps are designed in such a way that during breaks there will be cross-over between the therapists so that each child will have the opportunity across the week to be observed by therapists from different teams while still having their primary focus in the area that their parents have selected.

The Details

WHEN: 9.45am–12.30pm, Monday-Friday, 7-11 August OR 14-18 August
WHERE: The Kennedy Leigh Family Centre - NW4 4HJ
PRICE: £225/week per child
AGE: 7-11 years old

For further information or to book your place, please contact Anna Gordon on 020 8809 8809 or anna.gordon@norwood.org.uk.

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London - Langdon Brady Club

Langdon’s Brady Clubs give Jewish youth aged 12-19, with learning disabilities, the opportunity to meet new people, make friends and have fun. The clubs give young people the opportunity to be involved in the planning of their programmes and give input into the running of their youth groups.

The Langdon Brady Clubs meet at Maccabi House in Edgware, and offer a range of activities including sport, drama, art and music, with various special events throughout the year.

The clubs meet every week during term time:
12-15 age group on Wednesdays 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
16-19 age group on Thursdays 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm.

In addition to weekly clubs, Langdon Brady Clubs provide schemes during the school holidays.

For details of weekly clubs and summer scheme contact Sonia Muscovitch, Youth Services Manager, on 020 8731 2194 or s.muscovitch@langdonuk.org.

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London - Camp Kef Summer Play Scheme

KEF recognises a need for provision of respite as well as social activities for our children and families during the school holidays where there is no residential camp or other form of respite.

Our playschemes are an exciting new venture of KEF. It is a day programme running for short periods of time during school holidays where the children go on outings, and have a wide range of music, arts and crafts and exciting entertainment in various locations in NW London. This programme provides the children with a fantastic fun filled few days whilst enables the parents much needed respite.

Contact 020 8455 8376 or office@kefkids.org for details of this year's summer programme.

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London - Kith and Kids Summer Camp

Each year at the end of the summer holiday we run a one-week residential camp. Each participant is supported by trained volunteers and together they build a community in which they play and work together on the necessary domestic tasks for a group to live away from home.

Staying in dormitories at a field studies centre in the countryside, camp activities include: games, swimming, forest walks, singing around the camp fire, arts & crafts and trips to the seaside.

The camp is a rare chance for people to get away for a whole week with their peers and at the same time it provides a much needed break for parents and families.

For more information about this or any of our activities and services please contact us on 0208 801 7432 or projects@kithandkids.org.uk.

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London and Birmingham - Resources for Autism

Holiday Play Schemes

We offer specialist holiday play schemes for young people aged 8 – 19 in London and Walsall, 5 – 18 in Birmingham, wherever they are on the spectrum. One to one support is available and all staff are autism trained. Summer schemes tend to offer one week blocks based around a theme with shorter holidays offering one or two days. We can not provide transport to and from clubs. Schemes are run in various venues subject to funding. They are age, ability and sometimes geographically specific and once your referral is received your child will be assessed, usually at a home visit, as to which group would best suit their needs. Schemes are often very over subscribed and it is advisable to request a place early. There is a small charge which is means tested and no one is turned away for financial reasons. If you would like a place on future schemes please fill in the main referral form. Refer to your local authority Short Breaks Local Offer for details of other schemes running in your area.

For more information on the schemes that are running in London:

Contact 020 8458 3259

For more information on the schemes that are running in the West Midlands:

Contact 07817 736096

Visit https://resourcesforautism.org.uk/about-us/holiday-play-schemes/ for more information.

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London - Jewish Museum

Curious Explorers

A relaxed morning during the school holiday for children with autism or other social communication conditions, their siblings, parents and carers. Free admission.

Enjoy early opening and a dedicated space at the museum from 9am.

Benefit from reduced noise levels in the galleries 

Relax in our Chill Out Zone

Our next Curious Explorer morning takes place on Tuesday 8 August 2017.

For further information about the next Curious Explorers morning and to register your interest, please email karen.vancoevorden@jewishmuseum.org.uk .

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Manchester - The Friendship Circle

Volunteering Club - Pakathon with GIFT

Wednesday 16th August 5:00 pm

3 The Firs Bowdon, Cheshire WA14 2TN

Visit www.friendship-circle.co.uk for more information.

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Leeds - Free internet safety training for adults with learning difficulties 

Do you go on Facebook, shop online, or surf the internet?

This half day course will show you how to do these things safely.

By the end of the day you will:

Know what to do if someone bullies you online.
Be able to spot a scam email and know how to block it.
Know what to look for when checking a site is safe.
Know the dangers of making friends with strangers online.
Understand the need to keep personal details private.

Please ring or email Sarah for a booking form - sarah@citn.org.uk

Date: Wednesday 16th August 2017

Start Time: 10:30 AM
End Time: 12:30 PM

Address: Connect in the North, Bridge House, Balm Road, Hunslet, Leeds, LS10 2TP

Telephone: 0113 270 32 33

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Manchester - The Friendship Circle

Mini Golf at The Trafford Centre

Tuesday 22nd August 6:00 pm

3 The Firs Bowdon, Cheshire WA14 2TN

Visit www.friendship-circle.co.uk for more information.

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Manchester - The Friendship Circle

Day Trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Sunday 27th August 10:00 am

3 The Firs Bowdon, Cheshire WA14 2TN

Visit www.friendship-circle.co.uk for more information.

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London - Autism-friendly performance of Aladdin

Autism-friendly performances can be a fantastic way for people on the autism spectrum to enjoy a live theatre show. These shows will have had adjustments made in the form of reduction to sound levels, some changes to lighting and loud sound effects and strobe lighting taken out. There will be a relaxed attitude to movement in and out of the auditorium and there will be some designated chill-out areas available. The theatre staff and cast will also have received some training so they have some understanding of autism.

The shows which are listed as 'Relaxed performances' will also include audience members who have other disabilities.

Prince Edward Theatre, London

Tuesday 29 August, 1.30pm

Opening at the Prince Edward Theatre in London last summer, Disney’s newest musical Aladdin will stage its first ever autism-friendly this August. Small adjustments will be made to the whole theatre experience to present an unmissable experience for autistic people, their family and friends.

Join Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Jafar and the rest of the cast on a magical journey in Agrabah. Special adjustments have been made to the performance - from character introductions to volume reductions and the removal of sharp lighting effects – leaving you to enjoy the brilliant music, breathtaking sets and dazzling costumes.

Staff at the Prince Edward Theatre have been given specialist autism training, and will be accompanied by The National Autistic Society and Disney volunteers, so you know you’ll be in a welcoming, understanding environment. The performance has an exclusive booking site and visual story so you know what to expect on the day.

Outside of the auditorium, designated quiet spaces have been set up for before, after and during the performance. A lower number of seats are filled for the performance so as not to crowd the venue, making the experience more relaxing.

Visit www.autism.org.uk for more information and to book tickets.

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London - Kennedy Leigh Family Centre Summer 2017

Download the Summer 2017 brochure of activities for all ages at the Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon:  Summer Programme 2017 (7.1 MB) .

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London - Hackney Adventure Playground

KIDS’ Adventure Playgrounds provide an opportunity for stimulating and inclusive play on a closed access site. Priority is given to children and young people with specific requirements and their siblings. However, young people within the right age range who live in the surrounding communities are also welcome.

Our Playgrounds vary in size however they all have a wide range of equipment including soft play, zip wires, sensory rooms, nest swings, climbing frames, tree houses, bikes and trailers. They are all securely fenced, providing a safe environment where children can explore freely.

How does the service work?

The openly structured environment at the Hackney Playground promotes self independence and freedom of choice whilst sharing a social experience with others.

Supported by qualified and trained staff, we aim to provide children using the playground with equal access to all activities. Our Hackney Adventure Playground is child led and child-centred, this means play is personally directed by the children so they choose when, how and what they play with. This means they have a sense of ownership which enables them to make choices, develop friendships and have fun.

Who is the service for?

Priority is given to disabled children and young people and their siblings aged between 5 and 19 years. However, young people within the age range living in the surrounding community are welcome.

Children must be registered to attend.

How much does it cost?

After School Clubs, Holidays and Saturdays are free at the point of access for children. To qualify for these free places you must be assessed and referred by the Hackney Children Disability Team. Please contact the Playground for more information.

How to access this service:

After School Club, Saturdays and Holidays – referrals are needed from the Social Care Team (Integrated Services for Children with Disabilities) or associated services within Hackney.

School and Community sessions by arrangement directly with the playground.

Contact:

Phone: 0208 806 6149
Email: claira.scott-gray@kids.org.uk

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