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Playschemes

4 to 18 year olds

At Leeds Mencap we run week-long playschemes in the school holidays for children and young people aged 4 to 18 with learning disabilities.

Leeds Mencap playschemes are about having fun, trying new experiences, and spending time with friends. Playschemes also help children maintain skills and confidence that may be affected by being away from school.

Our specialist staff are happy to support the children and young people with any activities they’d like to do. If they can think of it, our staff can help make it happen!

Over the course of the week, children will get to enjoy a wide range of activities and games including our sensory and soft play rooms, cycling outside on the adapted bikes, having a go on the bouncy castle if the weather allows, taking part in visiting workshops (animals are always a popular choice), and activities like ping pong, cooking and discos.

Each playscheme has a trip that takes place on the Thursday – this is to a local venue such as the farm, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster Dome, Eureka or Lotherton Hall.

We have a Changing Places toilet onsite and our staff undertake any training needed around feeding or personal care to make it possible for all children and young people to take part.

Key information

Our playschemes run at The Vinery Centre from 10am to 3pm.

If you’re new to our playschemes, we’ll invite you to visit our centre before the playscheme starts. This will help us to know more about what your child needs to be able to come along safely and for you to understand how we will support your child and keep them safe.

We run playschemes each year during February and October half term holidays, the 2 week Easter holiday and 3 weeks during the summer holiday. The weeks are split between age groups and spread across the year. 

Playscheme is open to all young people in Leeds with learning disabilities and additional needs, including those without a diagnosis.

Bookings open for each playscheme 8 to 10 weeks before the start date.

Please bring a packed lunch, drink and any spare clothes, medicine and personal care supplies needed.

Costs and how to pay

Costs for 2023 are £20 per day per child.

Payments can be made:

  • via BACs or Faster Payments,
  • by debit/credit card over the phone or in person at The Vinery Centre,
  • or by cheque.

Please only pay once you receive confirmation of your place from Leeds Mencap.

Please contact us if you’d like to discuss payment further, including our hardship scheme.

Upcoming playscheme dates


February 2024


Dates available:

  • Monday 12th February – Transport
  • Tuesday 13th February – Superheroes
  • Wednesday 14th February – Animals
  • Thursday 15th February – Trip to Whistlestop Valley
  • Friday 16th February – Winter Sensory Play

How to apply

Please complete a booking form (to let us know which days you would like to apply for) and an application form.

What people say about our playschemes

“This playscheme has enabled us as a family to enjoy new and familiar activities. Well organised and led, [it] enables parents to fully enjoy their day too!”

“My son really loves playscheme and asks everyday to come (even out of holidays). Leeds Mencap have been outstanding.”

How to apply and book a place

You can book a place at one of our playschemes by completing a booking form to select which dates you would like your child to attend. Booking forms are available 8 to 10 weeks before each playscheme and can be found at the bottom of this page.

Please complete an application form before your first playscheme and then once a year after that. If you have any additional information about your child from school (e.g. behaviour and support plans) please include these in your application.

Both our application and booking forms can be completed online or as a word document. If you would like this form in another format, please call us on 0113 235 1331 or email activities@leedsmencap.org.uk

Once the deadline for applications closes, we will allocate places and inform you of this via email. Please note that due to demand for our playschemes we cannot always offer you all the days you request. From the date you receive details of your place allocation, you will have 7 days to either accept or cancel these sessions. After this, any cancellations will be dealt with in line with our cancellations policy.

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