Services for children and young people 2020
We offer a safe environment with a soft play and sensory room along with sensory toys suitable for all needs. It is a relaxing atmosphere where your child will be allowed to play and discover the world at their own pace. We aim to put on activities (such as baby massage and music sessions) during the sessions, that families can choose to join in with, or can simply play and relax. The group is aimed at Under 5s. Cost: Suggested donation of £1 per session per family
Other activities and holiday sessions are also available.
Dates and Times: Every Thursday, 1.00pm – 2.30pm at Leeds Mencap, The Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds, LS9 9LU
Find out more: https://www.littlehiccups.co.uk/stay-n-play/ or call: 0783 123 0741
Play, Fun, Learn
A group for children aged 8 – 12 years with a learning disability.
Free to attend.
Children can take part in activities, such as: Sports, drama, dancing, baking, art.
Parents and carers are welcome to stay, or take a few hours of respite.
Dates and Times: 10am to 2pm 40 weekends per year in Leeds. Saturdays are in Guiseley and Sundays are in East End Park at The Vinery Centre.
Find out more: https://peopleinaction.org.uk/play-fun-learn/ or call 0113 244 3729
Leeds Mencap’s Siblings Group
Siblings is a great place for young people aged 8 to 16 who have a brother or sister with a learning disability to come together, have fun and share their experiences.
The young people themselves decide what they would like to do each week – previous activities have included baking, harry potter theme nights, sports days, slime making, games nights and talent shows. We also run trips out – going to local venues such as bowling, the cinema and meals out.
We also offer young people support to understand their sibling’s disability better and the opportunity to share their experience of having a brother or sister with a learning disability within a welcoming and supportive environment.
Dates and Times: 6-8pm on Wednesdays during term time (new day from 22nd April 2020)
Find out more: http://www.leedsmencap.org.uk/support-for-young-people/sibling-support-group-for-5-18-year-olds or call 0113 235 1331
Multi-sports for young people with additional needs (aged 8-18). Sport is used as a tool to develop on key life skills such as communication, confidence, team-work and social interaction. Popular activities covered range from football, cricket, basketball, circle games, tail tag and 30+ activities. Young people are given the choice of how they would like for the day to plan out.
Dates and Times: 10am-3pm every Saturday excluding school holidays.
During school holidays, Sport Works run sessions on:
Wednesday and Friday at Middleton Leisure Centre
Tuesday and Thursday at John Smeaton Leisure Centre
Find our more: https://www.sportworksltd.co.uk/where-we-work/yorkshire/ or call 0191 5800 120
Aireborough Support Activities Scheme – residentials
Residential short breaks for children aged 8-18 years who live city-wide (residentials are only available to children who don’t receive any other overnight respite).
Children get the opportunity to take part in activities such as animal care, climbing, biking/adapted bikes, canoeing, gorge walking, archery, abseiling, art and sensory activities depending on the setting. We visit the following outdoor centres – Lineham Farm and Herd Farm in Leeds and Low Mill, North Yorkshire. Herd Farm and Low Mill are more suited to slightly older or more adventurous children so we take from 10 up to 18 years.
We try to do as much as we can to relieve any fears parents may have about their child being away and put things into place for each child to make it possible and to suit the needs of specific children.
Dates and Times:
2020-2021 residentials are:
Lineham Farm – 24 – 26 April, 23 – 25 October, 6 – 8 November & 20 – 22 March 2021.
Low Mill – 29 – 31 May. Herd Farm – 25 – 27 September.
Find out more: https://www.aireborough-scheme.co.uk/ or call 0113 460 3206
Wheels 4 Fun
A community cycling club run by volunteer enthusiasts with experience in disability and cycle training. Based at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm.
Find our more: www.wheels4funleeds.wordpress.com or call 0191 5800 120
Skateboard, scooter and BMX sessions suitable for all ages and capabilities. All equipment is provided and tuition is available. Sessions can be run at times to suit participant needs.
Find out more: www.ls-ten.org or call 0113 244 6015