Activities for children and young people
May 11, 2022
Wild Mind offers various Wellbeing Programmes for young people.
Young people who are feeling low, anxious, stressed or isolated are welcome to join this free
The programme offers a range of creative & fun nature-based activities.
Both art and nature can make a significant difference to mental fitness. Our programme can help to release stress or alleviate symptoms of depression, build optimism and develop a sense of belonging.
For further information please visit our website, contact us by email or phone 020 89779989.
CAMPING FOR CHILDREN WITH COMPLEX NEEDS
Camp Jojo’ is a registered charity set up by people with first-hand experience of the joys and challenges faced when parenting a child with complex needs.
We have the vision to support families of children with complex needs and disabilities to enjoy a totally accessible camping holiday and make new friends who understand their situation. We want to provide all the physical emotional and practical support needed to make camping not just an experience but a relaxing break for the whole family.
Our camps are held at Ivy Farm, Ivy Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, CO5 8US.
Richmond Gymnastics run sessions for those with a disability and/or additional needs.
As well as producing World and European medallists and running one of the largest recreational programmes in the country, Richmond Gymnastics provides Disability and Inclusion gymnastics offering children with additional needs the opportunity to get involved with sport activities.
Richmond Gymnastics are also keen to talk to organisations working with special needs children within the London Borough of Richmond to open up further opportunities for children to take part.
For further details and to book visit Richmond Gymnastics Association.
Marble Hill Playcentres
Marble Hill Playcentres runs special free sessions for children with additional needs on the first Saturday of every month.
You can find out more at:
The Polka Theatre
The Polka Theatre in Wimbledon has a selection of accessible performances for children coming up soon. These are relaxed, audio described and BSL peformances. Find out more and book here
Pictologue offers play therapy in Mortlake. Find out more and book here
Otakar Kraus Music Trust runs a variety of musical events, such as drumming workshops and Interactive Poetry Workshops.
These are generally for children and young people with additional needs aged up to 18 and their siblings.
To book a place please email Izzy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Heathrow Special Needs Farm
10am to 2pm
Age 5 and above
No need to book
Richmond Gymnastics in Kew offer special gymnastics to children with a disability and/or additional needs
Find out more here: https://richmondgymnastics.co.uk/inclusion-gymnastics/
Yorda Playhouse in Chessington: Play sessions for children with SEND age 0-17. Find out more here: https://yordaadventures.com/ Book here: https://bookwhen.com/yordafamilysend#focus=ev-sxs3-20220305093000
Man and Boy
Man and Boy have a number of camps in March and April, which are adventure activities for boys and a significant man in their lives to strength their relationship for boys having difficulties. Parents can find out more and self refer here: https://www.manandboy.org/
Movers & Makers
Movers & Makers offer holiday clubs for children aged 4-12 years who have mild additional needs.
Venue: Rosendale community centre, 147 Peabody cottages, SE24 9DR
Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm
Cost: £35 per day
More information and how you can register your child can be found here: https://www.moversandmakers.org.uk/
Our friends Stefan and Melinda of INTEGRAL HARMONY have created this beautiful video which they hope you and your children will enjoy! A Star Seed Journey is an animated spiritual story for all the family. Join Cosmos on his adventure from the stars as he tries to navigate himself back home.
Meeting a girl called India on his way, they both learn more about themselves through the exploration of their underlying emotions.
With the help of the Animal Warriors, and the use of their Warrior Mantras, can India and Cosmos activate their Chakras and finally embrace all that they are?! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvP7O3SNk3w
Action Attainment: Fun in the Sun: information sessions coming up soon. Find out more here
All Aboard Club
Inclusive train play session this Sunday in Twickenham: This Sunday (27 Feb), we're running an inclusive train play sessions at All Hallows Church in Twickenham.
As usual, there will be boxes and boxes of trains and track for the children to build and play with in a safe, understanding and supportive environment.
Details and tickets:
▶ Twickenham: https://aac-twickenham.eventbrite.co.uk/
For our full play session programme, see our website: https://www.allaboardclub.com/play-sessions/
If you want to have a chat about your child's particular needs, then please ring 07948 407343 or email. email@example.com
RISE Swimming club
RISE offers a swimming club on Tuesday evenings for young people with SEND aged 8 to 18 years who can already swim a length of the pool and live or go to school in the borough of Richmond. This stroke improver club is at Teddington pool from 6.00 - 6.45pm in term time. There are a couple of spaces available now and a couple more becoming available in September.
If your child or young person is interested in a weekly swimming club, please get in touch with:
Sports Development Officer
Phone: 020 8831 6134
Richmond Mencap offers activities for age 8-17 in holiday periods.
For more information and to book, visit https://richmondmencap.org.uk/whatwedo/whatwedo/energise-rm/?fbclid=IwAR3wlU5t7mwLopP5-HgUqucsrAz4-AaNIgG1fupYpPPJC0PzHzddY-s-FDw
Richmond Upon Thames Inclusive Sport & Exercise (RISE)
Activities for adults, children and young people aged 8 years and over.
Sessions take place at Whitton Sports Centre, Twickenham School, Percy Road, Whitton, TW2 6JW.
Adult and Junior Football will run 11.15am-12.15pm with coach J-F from Kew Park Rangers.
Multi-sport will run 12.15-1.15pm with a coach from Disability Sports Coach UK
These sessions are indoors and numbers will be kept low. The introductory price for these activities will be £4 per person per session. There is no charge for parents, carers or support staff.
We would ask that you please sign up and pay in for the sessions in advance by using the following booking link –
Football – Football booking and payment link https://www2.richmond.gov.uk/Richmondbookings/details.aspx?id=54950
Multi-sport – Multi-sport booking and payment link https://www2.richmond.gov.uk/Richmondbookings/details.aspx?id=54950
Booking is done on a week by week basis. If you book a session and are then required to self isolate then please let me know and we can transfer the booking. If you are booking on behalf of someone else, please put your name and the participants name in the ‘Name’ section of the form.
Please complete a RISE Consent form prior to attending your first session, so that we can ensure we have the most up to date information for all participants. The consent form can be completed securely online or you can print off a copy and send it to us Applications for RISE activities - London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. https://www.richmond.gov.uk/services/sports/disability_sports_and_activites/applications_for_rise_activities
Activity Station in Barnes offer a variety of online and face-to-face activities, including drama, drumming, dance, art, music, cooking and pottery:
please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 07444 881962
EnhanceAble is a charity supporting children and adults living with disabilities. They run some after school clubs for Kingston families and currently have spaces:
- Flyers is an after school club for children and young people aged 5-18 who have complex needs. It meets on Tuesdays 4-5.30. The group is able to give children 1:1 support. if necessary.
- Ribbons after school club for children 5-11 on Mondays 4-5.30
- Kites for children 11-18, with mild to moderate disabilities, especially Autism. 5.45 - 7.15 alternate Tuesdays
These groups have a staffing level of 1:3 and meet in term time only.
For more information or to book a place for your child, please contact:
Julie on 07960031075
Fulham FC disability sportsd club for girls on Saturday mornings: https://soccerschools.fulhamfc.com/soccerschools/booking/bookCourse.htm
Hounslow: Sharing their World: Sharing Their World
there are three Sharing Their World groups taking place across the borough of Hounslow. This is a relaxed, supportive group for families where there is a child under 5 with SEND. In order to attend, there is no need for a child to have a formal diagnosis. The groups cater for the needs of children with a wide range of additional needs, including concerns around speech delay. Families need to register with us on our FSD page Register here and sessions are currently booking only. What's On To find your nearest one, contact:
Family Explorer Time at the Museum Depot in Acton
London Transport Museum sometimes open the Museum’s Depot in Acton for family visitors during the holidays
LTM will send out a Visual Story of a visit to the Depot in advance and ensure that the Front of House team on site are extra welcoming and prepared for your family’s needs and enjoyment.
There is a cost for both children and adult tickets; carers do still visit for free. www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/send-explorer-time-depot
Ruby Tandoh Cookbook
Ruby Tandoh, a contestant from the Great British Bake Off, has produced a fully illustrated, step-by-step, abridged version of
her cookbook“Cook As You Are” . It is available for free on her website:
Workouts for children who use wheelchairs – a rival to Joe Wicks!
Workouts for children who use wheelchairs (from age 5). Themes include superhero, animal, pirate, aeroplane etc workouts. Also, separate ones for secondary school children.
21&CO for children with DOWN SYNDROME
21&Co: for children with Down syndrome. Lots of activities including a trip to Bocketts Farm, their youth club, a recorded maths for life webinar and more. Please visit: http://www.21andco.org.uk
Kingston Libraries - activities for home educating families
Last month we launched two new monthly Chatterbooks Reading Clubs for children aged 6-8 and 9-11, after school on Zoom. We chat about books and have a suggested book of the month, plus quizzes, creative writing and illustration activities. If you'd like your child to join, please book online through Eventbrite It's free.
We also have some good online study resources, like free access to Britannica Online Junior and Student editions, plus events for all age groups.
TailfeatherTV is a new YouTube channel which creates programmes and content for babies, toddlers and children which are co-written and presented by young adults with learning disabilities.
Enjoy the Dancing, singing, signing, learning, and playing here:
TailfeatherTV: A new and exciting YouTube channel for pre-school children with programmes co-written and presented by young adults with learning disabilities.
Following the Early Years Foundation Stage framework for Learning and Development, children can explore and engage with fun topics through: Dance, singing, signing, learning, and playing.
Co-written and presented by brilliantly talented young adults with learning disabilities including dancer, Andrew Self (The Greatest Dancer 2019, Mencap Boogie-thon 2020, BBC Breakfast 2020, BBC Radio2 Michael Ball Show 2020), TailfeatherTV is UNIQUE and paves the way for inclusion and diversity in broadcasting
Episodes are available to watch now:
Activity Station in Barnes offer activities and a respite service for people with mild/moderate learning disabilities.
Activity Station is running free interactive online sessions every week day at 12pm and also on Sundays at 12pm and 4pm during lockdown.
Please phone or email us for the link to join these online sessions
Tel : 07444 881962
Cycling in Hounslow
Cycling in Hounslow for disabled children is available at Inwood Park. Check out the website.
There is also buddy cycling at Osterley Park run by Our Barn. To hire bikes or for information contact email@example.com
FULHAM FOOTBALL CLUB DISABILITY SPORTS
Active Online Sessions - find out more and book at fulhamsoccerschools.com or by clicking the links below for each session:
2 to 3:30pm - Creative Club
2 to 3:30pm - Junior Active Online Session
6 to 7:30pm - Adult Active Online Session
2 to 3:30pm - Soccersize for All
2 to 3:30pm - Junior Active Online Session
6 to 7:30pm - Adult Active Online Session
2 to 3:30pm - Creative Club Round Up!
The Pan DisAbility Virtual Soccer School is open to anyone with from 5 years to adults with any form of physical and/or learning disability. Sessions will consist of fun individual football skills, games, challenges as well as creative fun too.
To access all of the above it is just a one off sign-up fee of £10, so why not get yourself booked onto the Pan DisAbility Virtual Soccer School today! Click Here to book!
TEL: 07827 957837 |
Online dance classes from Blue Phoenix
New SEND online dance classes for children and adults. They are being run by Tom, who up until Christmas, ran the RISE (Richmond inclusive sports) dance sessions.
The sessions follow a routine, starting off by welcoming each participant, using speech, Makaton and pictures. This is followed by a warm up), teaching a routine, and then some free dance where the students take it in turns to choose the music.
Classes will be limited to 8
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07594 288 578
TAG Youth Club
TAG Youth Club in Ham is providing 1:1 opportunities for young people at Ham Youth Centre. These will be on Wednesday and Fridays. Each person will be allocated a room with its own access points. Toilets are available, however we ask that you go to the toilet before you leave home. Equipment and touch points will be cleaned between users. Time slots available between 6pm and 9.30pm.
Main Hall - 1:1 Parkour Classes, 30 minute physical sessions, gym gear and trainers should be worn. Classes will be delivered by our qualified Parkour Coach from Toolbox Movement. Access to and from will be via the Main Hall Fire Exit.
Art Room - 1:1 Sessions with a Youth Worker. A chance to play a board game, do some art and crafts and have a chat. These sessions are for 30 minutes. Access to and from will be via the Hallway Side Fire Exit.
IT Suite - 1:1 Sessions with a Youth Worker. A chance to play a board game, do some art and crafts and have a chat. These sessions are for 30 minutes. Access to and from will be via the Main Entrance.
There are also running some 1:1 Parkour Classes during the day at Ham Youth Centre.
If your child is interested in attending, please contact Giles Hobart via email:
TAG Youth Club, Ham Youth Centre, Ham Close, Ham, Richmond, TW10 7PL
Facebook @tagjuniors and @tagyouthclub.org