Activities and leisure
Kirklees offers a wide array of activities and leisure options for children and adults with disabilities.
Leisure pursuits such as swimming, hiking, golfing, walking, cycling or even simple card games help to relieve stress, socialise with others and learn valuable skills. Leisure pursuits also help with reducing the effects of isolation, depression and physical and mental ill health.
- Beat it creative and performing arts and Beat it nights Music, dance and drama sessions, and evening themed disco and live band sessions, for people with learning disabilities and mental health conditions
- Bumpy (Birstall Urban Motorcycle Project for youth) Enabling people of any age, ability or background to get the most out of motorbiking
- Shabang Music, song, drama and theatre for special educational settings
- Autism friendly screenings Providing opportunities for people with autism or sensory sensitivity to enjoy a trip to the cinema
- Ability Options Day opportunities for adults and young people with mild to moderate learning disabilities and additional needs
- Lawrence Batley Theatre Fully accessible to people with specific needs
- Royal Horticultural Society - Gardening with a disability Information regarding getting involved with gardening
- Get Cycling - disability cycles Cycles and cycling support to special schools, individuals and community groups
- Streetbikes - mixed ability rides Support, training, events and bikes to encourage everyone to get into cycling in Kirklees
- Disability Sport Yorkshire Current news and events happening in your area
- Young people's clubs, activities and things to do - Services that can help people with disabilities keep active
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A few of our swimming pools have a pool hoists to ensure those with disabilities can enjoy the our pools, these are:
After school and school holiday activities
Out-of-school clubs/holiday schemes provide safe and stimulating play opportunities for school age children at times when schools are not open. This may be before school ie breakfast clubs, when schools finish or in holiday times. They may run from schools, day nurseries, community centres, etc.
The activities for children with a disability and their families factsheet lists organisations that can provide you with help and support in community settings.
- Active Social Care Limited Offering a diverse range of services to children and young people with a variety of needs, including an after school and holiday and weekend clubs in Huddersfield and Halifax
- Duke of Edinburgh's Award WACKY A packed programme of activities for young people to take part in over the summer holidays including arts, crafts, DJ workshops, circus skills, digital photography as well as more energetic ones such as canoeing, cycling, archery and rock climbing
- Get Cycling Events Events for all occasions, ages and abilities
- 2019 VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action) Activities Activities for children and young people who are blind or partially sighted
- Find Before and after school care in Kirklees
Parent and young people groups
Parent and young people groups are a great way to meet other parents for practical and emotional support. Most groups are set up and run by parents and carers of children with or without additional needs. Some professionals and organisations, particularly children centres, also run their own groups.
National groups can help provide guidance and support.
Local groups offer opportunities to socialise, network, participate in activities and events and are a great opportunity for parents and children to engage with like-minded parents and children.
- KIAS Kirklees Information and Advice Service
- PCAN (parents of children with additional needs) An independent, parent-led forum
- Huddersfield Support Group for Autism (HSGA) Offers help and advice to families living with Autism
- Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group (HDSSG) A charity, founded and voluntarily run by parents of children with Down Syndrome in the Huddersfield area. They arrange social, sporting and educational events and activities for children with Down Syndrome and their families
- The Whole Autism Family Local autism support group in Kirklees
- netmums - Special needs support Information and experiences from Mums about special needs conditions including: ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger's, dyspraxia, autism and deafness
- Young Sibs For brothers and sisters of disabled children
- West Yorkshire ADHD Support Group Support, advice and training to anyone who needs it so they have a better understanding of the symptoms, problems and copying strategies of ADHD
- Special Kids in the UK A charity for families who have a child of any age with special needs
- Local organisations - Autism
- Local organisations - Dyslexia
- Local organisations - Disability support groups
- Carers Count
- Learning Disability Carers Voice
- Local organisations - Carers
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Kirklees offer a range of community facilities which promote artistic, social and cultural opportunities for learning, socialising and participating for children and adults with or without learning or physical disabilities. They can be open spaces or physical buildings which the community run for the benefit of the community.
Physical facilities can be located in a wide range of venues. These can include purpose-built structures such as community centres and village halls, as well as adapted venues, including: historic listed buildings, converted houses, scout huts and rooms or halls attached to faith buildings. The majority of facilities will be accessible.
- Comoodle A company sharing stuff to borrow, space to use, or skills to learn which could benefit others locally
- Flexi Card A card that gives you benefits to a wide range of discounts available at Kirklees
- Local Mencap in Kirklees Working with people with learning disabilities and their families and carers to enable them to lead full and purposeful lives
- Sensory World Multi-sensory play centre and cafe where children, with or without learning disabilities, can play
- Better in Kirklees A group supporting you to be active and involved in the community, keeping you happier, healthier and more independent
- Children's centres Providing a wide range of services and support for young children
- Kirklees Visual Impairment Network (KVIN) A user-led organisation run by and for VIs
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Youth services in Kirklees are focused on providing opportunities to young people irrespective of disability to participate in a range of activities indoor and outdoor which engage and involve. Opportunities allow young people to learn new things and share their skills.
Activities can include music events, outdoor challenges, theatre, photography, environmental projects, cultural events and more.
As disability can be of many types, parents and carers are encouraged to discuss needs directly with service providers before enrolling on an activity.
- Foundation for people with learning disabilities A charity that looks at how to change things that are not going well for people with learning disabilities and suggests ways to make them better
- KIDS A national charity working with disabled children, young people and their families
- Whizz Kidz A charity working hard to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK
Volunteering is about spending time, unpaid, doing something that benefits other people, the community or the environment. It's about helping your community, meeting new people and gaining from new experiences. Kirklees actively encourages volunteering for all groups irrespective of disability.
People with learning and physical disabilities are encouraged to get involved, to share their passion and interests, to meet new people and make friends and to develop skills and confidence; they can benefit greatly from volunteering. Volunteering also significantly, boosts self confidence and self esteem and it provides a positive sense of achievement and satisfaction in helping the community. In fact, research has shown that people with disabilities or health conditions ranging from hearing and vision loss to heart disease, diabetes or digestive disorders all show improvement after volunteering.
Individuals volunteer their time in many different ways from enhancing the lives of older people in becoming befrienders, improving their local areas by becoming involved in conservation or helping local charities in fundraising activities.
- c&kcareersonine - Volunteering information Information on volunteering such as how volunteering can be useful in getting work experience, developing skills, applying for work, links to volunteering websites
- Volunteering Kirklees Information about volunteering for people who want to build self-confidence, gain real skills and experience, boost job prospects, meet new people and have fun
- Do-it - Be more (volunteering) A facility to search for volunteering opportunities
- Volunteering Matters A charity working in partnership with local organisations and businesses to help disabled people volunteer and contribute to their community
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Places to go
- Beat it creative and performing arts Weekly music, dance and drama sessions for people with learning disabilities and mental health conditions
- Central Stars Disabled Youth Club (Huddersfield) A registered charity providing a youth club for young people to meet and participate in various sports and other activities
- Huddersfield Mission Advice and support to people in need, an affordable cafe with good food, an IT suite, interactive workshop and community groups and activities
- Cannon Hall Farm One of the largest farm attractions in the UK, with milking parlour, adventure playgrounds, gift shop, farm shop, two restaurants and an indoor playground
- Autism friendly screenings Innovative autism-friendly screenings providing opportunities for people with autism or sensory sensitivity to enjoy a trip to the cinema
- Lawrence Batley Theatre Fully accessible to people with disabilities
- Sensory World Multi-sensory play centre and cafe where children can play with or without learning disabilities
- Rough guide to accessible Britain Useful information, help and guidance to help you plan days out in Britain
- Children's centres - Provides a wide range of services and support for young children
- Better in Kirklees - A group supporting you to be active and involved in the community, keeping you happier and healthier, and independent for longer
- Kirklees Family Information Directory - Information, advice and guidance on a range of areas, including sections specifically for special education needs and disabilities
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- Ruddi's Retreat A charity that provides family holidays to children suffering with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses, or families suffering from bereavement
- Ability Options Supported holidays for adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities
- Calvert Trust A trust enabling people with disabilities, together with their families and friends, to take part in outdoor adventure in the countryside
- The Adamson Trust The Adamson Trust is a long established Perthshire charity that is able to give financial help with the cost of holidays or respite breaks for youngsters aged between 3 and 17 with physical, mental or emotional disabilities
- The Kepplewray Centre A well established residential outdoor activity centre, which focuses very much on inclusion, within the Lake District National Park
- Sky Badger Help and adventure for disabled children and their families
- Vision Hotels A group of hotels where the intimate understanding of the needs of visually impaired people is at the core of all the services and activities that the hotels provide
- KIDS A national charity providing a wide range of support services to disabled children, young people and their families, including short breaks and holiday accommodation
- Kirklees Disabled Children's Service Short Break Statement - Information about short breaks
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