List of organisations that provide activities for children with disabilities




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List of organisations that provide activities for children with disabilities

and special educational needs during term time and school holidays


Setting Name

Access2sport – Active Luton

Details

These are the opportunities that Access 2 Sport and Active Communities are currently running for young people with disabilities.

Programme

(as at March 2015)




Day

Time

Venue

Activity

Target Group

Monday

3.30 to 4.30

Inspire

Multi Sports Club

KS 3/4

Thursday

6.00 to 7.00


Inspire

Football

KS 1 to 4

Friday

4.00 to 4.30

4.30 to 5.00

5.00 to 5.30


Lea Manor

Swimming

KS 1 to 4

(see also Diveability listed below)

Telephone

01582 400272 

Email

colby.nichollsbrown@activeluton.com

Website

http://www.activeluton.co.uk/hw/disabled-people/disabled-people-access2sport

Fees

Check with Active Luton for activity fees.

Certain benefits enable qualification for Go 4 Less card which offers a discount.



Booking

Children must be booked on to activities, to ensure appropriate staffing is provided.  If you would like any information on any of these activities please contact the telephone number or email above.




Setting Name

Access Disability Project at CYCD

Details

Access Disability Project (ADP) aims to change negative attitudes towards disability within the South Asian Communities by focusing on each young person’s abilities, by giving them opportunities to develop to their full potential and by demonstrating that each child or young person is valued.

In the weekly sessions the young people have an opportunity to do a range of activities including board games, painting, poster making, watching films, playing computer games & play-station, using the internet, football, cricket, basketball and the opportunity to make new friends.



Transport

With our own wheelchair accessible minibus, we are able to offer safe transport for the children to the Centre & drop off.

Setting name

Centre for Youth and Community Development (CYCD)
94-106 Leagrave Road, Luton, LU4 8HZ

Ages

9 to 30 years

Youth Club

ADP Youth Club:

Mixed Group - Friday, 4.30 to 9.30 pm

Mixed Group – Saturday 3.30 to 9.30 pm

Also run during all school holidays



School holiday playschemes

In addition to the normal weekly sessions the project also runs holiday play-schemes during ALL school holidays for 8 to 18 year olds. This provision is a mixture of daytime and evening activities including trips to various educational, recreational and adventure centre.

Website:

http://www.cycd.org.uk/adp/

Further details

Nafeesa Riaz

Tel: 01582 519500

M: 07809349359

Email: adp@cycd.org.uk




Setting Name

Autism Bedfordshire

Loads of Autistic Fun (L.O.A.F.)

LOAF is a Saturday morning activity group which the whole family can attend.  They run fortnightly during term time from 10am to 1pm in Bedford, Biggleswade, Leighton Buzzard and Luton.  They provide an inclusive environment where all children up to age 12 (those with A.S.C. and their siblings) and their parents/carers are welcome and supported by trained staff and volunteers.

Summer Activity Schemes

These hugely popular schemes run during the first few weeks of the summer holidays in Bedford and Luton, providing social, educational and play experiences for children with A.S.C. aged 3 to 17 years.  Ours are the only schemes in Bedfordshire & Luton specialised to support children with A.S.C. through having trained staff and volunteers and safe, secure and risk-assessed environments.   We offer a wide range of onsite activities and visiting entertainment as well as trips out.

Summer holiday schemes 2015
Name: Junior Activity Scheme (3 - 9yrs)

Venue: Richmond Hill Special School

Date: 27th – 31st July 2015
Name: Junior Holiday Club (10 – 13yrs)

Venue: Bramingham Primary School

Date: 3rd – 7th August 2015
Name: Senior Holiday Club (14 – 17yrs)

Venue: Bramingham Primary School

Date: 3rd – 7th August 2015
Name: Summer Fun (10 – 17yrs)

Venue: Barnfield West Academy

Date: 3rd – 7th August 2015 and 10th – 14th August 2015
Date request forms are available on our website: www.autismbeds.org
Forms should be returned by 13th March 2015.


Wanted Fun

Social clubs for young people aged 10-17 years with Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism.  Groups run in the evening, once a fortnight during term time with occasional outings during the holidays. The cost is £3.50 per person payable on the door, and you need to be a member of Autism Beds.

Trampoline Courses

Also run 6 week Trampoline courses in Luton and surrounding area. Check website for future dates.

Address

St Mark's Church, Calder Rise, Bedford, MK41 7UY

Tel No

01234 214871

Email

enquiries@autismbeds.org

Website

http://www.autismbedfordshire.net/




Attraction/Event

Baylands Equestrian Centre

Riding Sessions

Lead rein walk in Stockwood Park or in the arena as assessed. Available between 10am and 4pm on Tues/Wed/Fri to maintain discounted rate. Suitable for disabled or disadvantaged children and adults. Riding hat provided if required. Some conditions may require medical clearance. Assistants/Supervisors/Carers are to assist with attending to riders.

Duration: ½ hour

Price: £20.00 (off peak) / £30.00 (peak)


Riding Lessons

Provide horse riding lessons for disabled children and young people aged 3 -25 on Sundays; £8 per session per person.

Riding & Stable Management for disabled young people

Riding for disabled young people including stable management (grooming, tack, care of horses)

Every Sunday from 1st February 2015 between 2.00 and 3.00pm



Cost £8 per person per session (payable on the day)

Address

Stockwood Park, Luton, LU1 4BH

Telephone number

01582 720766

Booking

Call 01582 720766 to book a place

Website

http://www.baylands-equestrian.co.uk/




Attraction/Event

Bedford Flyers Trampoline Club

Details

Bedford Flyers Trampoline Club are piloting trampoline sessions for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions in partnership with Autism Bedfordshire. Head coach John Mitchell has over 30 years experience of coaching at all levels including supporting young people with disabilities. Please note that 1:1 support will not be available during these sessions.

Address

Biddenham Upper School, Bedford, MK40 4AZ

Telephone number

01234 214 871

Dates

Tuesdays

Time

5.00 to 6.00 pm

Age

10 to 17 year olds

Fee

£3.50

Booking

To book a place please call on 01234 214 871.

Website

http://www.bedfordflyers.co.uk/



Attraction/Event

Challney Youth Zone – Friendship Club

Details

Youth club for young people with disabilities

Address

Challney Youth Zone, Addington Way, Luton, LU4 9FJ

Telephone number

01582 548939

Days

Mondays during Term Time only

Time

6.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Age

11 to 25 year olds




Setting Name

Cineworld Luton

Autism and Learning Disability Friendly Screenings

Cineworld offer a selection of screenings exclusively for people with autism or learning disabilities and for their friends and relatives.

The lights are dimmed and the sound turned down slightly to provide a sensory friendly environment so everyone can enjoy the film.



CEA discount card

Cineworld cinemas accept the CEA discount card - £5.50 per year, must be in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or Registered Blind to apply.

Disabled child pays ticket price and carer can accompany them free.



Easter School holiday

To celebrate World Autism Awareness Day there will be two Autism Friendly screenings on the 2nd April:

  • Home at 11.00 am

  • The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of water at 1.00 pm

Address

The Galaxy, Bridge Street, Luton, LU1 2NB

Telephone

0871 200 2000

Website

Cineworld Luton




Setting Name

Dimensions UK Ltd

Details

Provide camping weekends between April and September for young people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorders; maximum four children per activity weekend, three-day package including two overnight

stays. Two age appropriate groups: 8 – 13 years, 14 – 18 years. Dimensions can meet medical needs. May not be suitable for children and young people with profound and complex needs including those with high M and H needs due to the rough terrain of the activity park.

N.B. A Child in Need Assessment is required to access this activity.





Setting Name

Diveability

Details

Designed for 11-25 year olds with disabilities and who have a moderate level of co-ordination, these exciting specialist diving courses are some of the first of their kind in the UK. Courses are led by ex-Olympic diver and coach Hayley Sage. For more information on whether you meet the criteria for these sessions please speak to Hayley, David or Harry.

These sessions are slightly longer than a usual diving lesson to allow for skills within the Learn programme to be competently acquired.



Address

Inspire: Luton Sports Village.

Dates

Please contact Inspire for more information.

Age / Ability

The programme caters for disabled individuals aged 11-25 years who have a moderate level of co-ordination.

Divers should be able to swim 25 metres, be comfortable in 5 metre deep water and have a moderate level of co-ordination. People are encouraged to call first to discuss theirs or their child’s requirements.



Fees

A course of lessons is £60 for 10 weeks in line with our Hydra Learn to Dive scheme.

Booking

For more information 01582 393230 or email diving@activeluton.co.uk

Website

http://www.activeluton.co.uk/hydra/learn-to-dive/diveabilities




Setting Name

Families United Network

Details

Our Holiday Clubs, Trips, and Swimming sessions are a lifeline and offer practical support for families, offering friendship and support for parents, carers and siblings – and a range of creative, stimulating and FUN activities for children and young people.

Visit the website for a list of upcoming activities.



Address

The Disability Resource Centre, Poynters House, Poynters Road, Dunstable, Beds, LU5 4TP

Contact

Nazma Miah on 01582 470999 or 07880 404330

nazma@familiesunitednetwork.org.uk

Funlands Youth Club

Provided by Families United Network and based at Lealands Youth Zone on Monday nights, Funlands is a youth club for disabled young people aged 10 – 16.

FUN Saturday Club

Starting from 4th April 2015

FUN’s fortnightly Saturday Club provides opportunities for children and young people (aged 10 years to 25 years) with disabilities to spend FUN time away from their parents whilst carers have the opportunity to take a break from their usual responsibilities.

Based from Lealands High school in Luton, children and young people get to have FUN participating in activities with the assistance of a one to one support worker.

There will be lots do at the Saturday club such as swimming, arts & crafts, organised sport, music, trips and much much more.



Time: 10am - 4pm

Cost: £20 per session per child

Easter Holiday Club

Tuesday 31st March to Thursday 2nd April

Tuesday 7th April to Thursday 9th April

Lealands High School, Sundon Park Road, Luton, LU3 3AL

Cost £5 per day

Bring a packed lunch and stay all or part of the day. No need to book.


Easter Panto

Join FUN at the Grove Theatre’s Easter Panto ‘The Pirates of Treasure Island’ on Sunday 5th April, 3pm. For just £5 per person. Booking essential – contact the team or book online.

Regular Swim Sessions

Swim Sessions Exclusively for FUN members

At Keech Cottage Pool in Luton

These sessions run fortnightly on Saturday afternoons 4.00pm – 5.00pm


Ages

Up to age 18

Booking

Book holiday activities and swimming sessions via phone or website.

Website

http://familiesunitednetwork.org.uk/




Setting Name

Friends of Bright Eyes

Details

Provide activity clubs and playschemes for disabled young people aged 8-18 years. Siblings included. Also offer a variety of activities and day trips for which the whole family can be included.

Transport is provided for activity clubs.



Address

FOBE, Office F1 Maxet House, Liverpool Road, Luton, LU1 1RS

Tel No

07871 500706 or 01582 966065

Email

info@fobe.org.uk

Website

http://www.fobe.org.uk/




Setting Name

Futures Fun Factory

Details

Futures Fun Factory is the ideal place for children to have fun in a safe and exciting environment. Our soft play centre is packed with creative play equipment with dedicated areas for teens, toddlers and babies.

If you are looking for a special party venue Futures Fun Factory is the place to be. There’s great party packages to celebrate those special occasions for youngsters, teens and older ones too.



Address

Futures House, The Moakes, LU3 3QB

Tel No

01582 492166

Website

http://www.futuresfunfactory.co.uk/




Attraction

Hart Hill Adventure Playground

Address

Falks Road, Luton, LU2 0FN

Details

Luton’s flagship adventure playground - with indoor and outdoor facilities for all ages, abilities and additional needs. Providing children with stimulating, exciting and challenging environments to play in, both after school and during holiday periods, whilst supervised by qualified and experienced staff.

Fully accessible playground complete with swings for wheelchair users, sensory play and accessible toilet facilities including ceiling track hoist system and changing table.



Note

Children are able to come and go as they please at any time during our opening hours.  Staff will not have the authority to stop children from leaving the site.

Opening times

Monday closed

Tuesday 4.00-6.00pm

Wednesday 4.00-6.00pm

Thursday 4.00-6.00pm

Friday 4.00-6.00pm

Sat 1.00-9.00pm private hire

Sunday private hire


Fees

The APG is a free of charge, open access facility. 

Contact

01582 431311




Setting Name

KIDS Aldenham Adventure Playground

Details

Purpose built venue offers adventure play for disabled children and young people with a range of impairments.
Parents/carers and families with children aged 0 to 19 years.

Indoor Play Hut

Outdoor Play Vicinity

•    Central play area with range of activities

•    Climbing frames and zip wire

•    Sensory room

•    Sand pit and play water feature

•    Soft play room

•    Hobbit tunnel and basket swing

•    Chill out lounge

•    Tree house with slide

•    Interactive floor projection

•    Chime bars and chalk boards

•    Wheelchair accessible toilets

•    Wiggly mirrors and 3 wheeler bikes

•    Changing area with table and hoist

•    Picnic tables and chairs




Dates & Times

Details of future dates to follow. Contact Dale for further informaiton.

Address

KIDS Adventure Playground, @ Aldenham Country Park, Hertfordshire, WD6 3AT

Contact information

Dale Sloan, Playground Manager

0208 953 0121 or dale.sloan@kids.org.uk


Fees

£5 per child per hour

Additional Information

Pre book in advance or call on the day for availability.

Children remain responsibility of Parent and Carer.

Provide a change of clothing/footwear and food/drink etc.

Siblings welcome!

£1.00 car park token exit fee per vehicle.

*Concession Rate £3.00

>In receipt of income support (proof required)





Setting Name

Kids In Action – The Base

Details

Our new Base provides almost 6,000+ square feet on the ground floor with another 3,500 + feet on the first floor. The new facility includes a much bigger and better soft play area, sensory rooms, IT and games area - including a juke box, pool table, table tennis table and air hockey – and an Arts & Crafts area. We also now have a fantastic disco and dance area and will soon also provide a lounge and activities (including cinema) area on the first floor  aimed at teenagers and young adults with special needs 
A children’s club every Saturday from 10am to 4pm
An over 18s club every Monday night from 6pm to 9pm
We run holiday youth clubs every school holiday on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm for children and young people aged 0-19 years – every school holiday week apart from Christmas.

Address

Unit 26, Apex Business Centre, Boscombe Road, Dunstable LU5  4SB.

Tel No

01582 477762

Email

kidsinaction@aol.com

Booking

Please contact Kids in Action to book a place.




Setting Name

Lea Manor Friendship Scheme

Details

Weekly youth club for children and young people with disabilities.

Some holiday support including occasional trips.



Ages

11- 25 years

Address

Lea Manor High School

Tel No

01525 863924

Days

Fridays during Term Time only

Time

7.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Email

amanda.cullens@chums.uk.com

Booking

Please contact Amanda to book




Attraction/Event

No Limits – Active Luton

Details

NO LIMITS is a Bedfordshire based project aiming to create more sustainable opportunities for people with disabilities, to take part in regular sport, physical activity & exercise. It is based on the following ethos:

  • NO LIMITS to an individual involvement!

  • NO LIMITS to an individual aspiration! Football!

  • NO LIMITS to regular participation in sport in Bedfordshire!

The project has been developed through the Disability Resource Centre, in conjunction with the County Sports Partnership. Active Luton is helping to support the project to deliver programmes across the town.

The initial focus is Teens and Adults with learning disabilities living in Luton. A number of activities are already running, and we are working hard to develop even more.



Activity, Venue, Day and Time

Multi-Sport Session Adults Disability at Hightown Community Sports and Arts Centre on Friday between 10:00 - 11:30

Multi-Sport Club Access2Sport Transition for 16-19 yrs at Lewsey Sports Park on Monday between 10:00 - 11:30

Swimming lessons for Autistic Teenagers (30mins), followed by a family fun session (1hr) at Inspire: Luton Sports Village on Saturday between 10:00 -11:30


Costs

£3 per session

To book

e-mail Alison Wright on Alison@teambedsandluton.co.uk

or call 01582 813762



Website

http://www.activeluton.co.uk/hw/disabled-people/disabled-people-no-limits




Setting Name

PHAB Friendz

Saturday Club

Offer a Saturday club for six hours, once per month, for young people aged 11-25 with profound and special needs including health and those with moving and handling needs. A nurse is on site to attend to any medical needs. Siblings are included. Activities include sensory play, switch adapted play equipment, soft play, music sessions and outdoor play on

wheelchair accessible swings and roundabouts. Family outings are offered throughout the year.



PHAB friendz playscheme

Playscheme for disabled young people aged 11 years+ with profound and complex needs including health and medical needs. Siblings included. Nurse on site. For more information contact Noreen.

PHAB Friendz offer a fortnightly Saturday club

For young people aged 11 years+ with profound and special needs including health, moving and handling. Nurse on site.

Siblings are included. Family outings offered throughout the year. For more information contact Noreen.



Neet Teens Luton PHAB


Offer a five day residential break in the summer holidays for disabled young people aged 11 years+ at an outdoor activity centre in the New Forest. Support Workers and transport provided. For more information contact Judith.

Need Teens Luton PHAB youth sessions:

Also offer weekly inclusive youth sessions during term time. Open to disabled and non disabled young people aged 11 years+. (Transport is not provided). For more information contact Judith.

Address

41 Langford Drive, Luton , LU2 9AJ

Tel No

Noreen on 01582 450852, 07899 085998 or noreen.frendz@sky.com

Judith on 01582 725931 or judith.frendz@sky.com






Setting Name

Rainbow Special Needs Playscheme

Details

Open to children attending Lady Zia Wernher School for children with profound and complex needs including medical. Nurse on site and transport provided. Variety of activities offered.

Further details

Contact 01582 728705




Setting Name

SNOOSC – Special needs out of school club

Details

SNOOSC run an after school club, Saturday club and Holiday Club for young people aged 9 to 21 years.

After School Club

This is currently operational on Monday and Wednesday during term time from 3.30 pm - 5.30 pm.

Re-introduction of one Friday during January/February/March 2015. The dates for these are: 30/1/15: 27/2/15: 27/3/15:

Charges currently for After School Club are £8.00 per 2 hour session.

Transport with an escort is provided for After School Club journey home. The charges range from £4.00 - £8.00 depending on distance.

For specific dates see online directory record.


Saturday Club

Saturday Clubs are operational every fortnight during term-time from 10.00 am – 4.00pm.

Fees are £20.00 per session, and £10.00 for half a session accordingly. Parents/Carers need to transport their children/young adults to and from the club.

For specific dates see online directory record.


Holiday Club

Holiday Club is operational during school holiday periods. Sessions are from 9.30 am - 4.00 pm.

Holiday Club fees are £20.00 per session and £10.00 per half a session accordingly. Parents/Carers need to transport their child/young adult to and from the club.

Parents/Carers will be informed in advance for dates of trips/venues. There will be extra costs for trips.

Session fees can be reduced for Parents/Carers claiming certain benefits. If families are experiencing difficulties they can also contact SNOOSC office in confidence to arrange a payment plan. Siblings that have special needs/disabilities can also request a reduced rate.

For specific dates see online directory record.


Telephone

01582 868244

Email

snoosc1@gmail.com

Directory record

SNOOSC – visit the record for further details of staff training, and dates of all clubs.




Setting Name

Special Children’s Days

Details

Check the ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo web pages for updates on upcoming Special Children's Days - welcoming children with special needs and their families and friends.

With increased specialist facilities and number of staff, as well as special 'interactive events' and discounted entry, Special Children's Day is an exciting and exceptional event not to be missed.



Date

Future dates to be confirmed

Times

tbc

Telephone

0844 225 1826

Website

http://www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo/whats-on

Booking

Places are limited so book early when the dates are published.




Setting Name

Stagecoach / Icknield Hearing Impaired Club

Details

A dedicated after school club for hearing impaired young people aged 9-19. Led by Stagecoach with support from HIU Communicators the club encourages social opportunities for hearing impaired students to promote self confidence, self expression and independence.

Days / times

Tuesdays 3.30 to 5.30pm, term time only

Telephone

01582 576561

Website

www.stagecoach.co.uk




Setting Name

Tokko Disability Project

Venue

Tokko Youth Space, Gordon Street, Luton, LU1 2QP

Activities

This is a weekly project for young people between 13 and 24 years old with mild to moderate disabilities. Young members will have the opportunity to use the centre facilities including the indoor climbing wall, kitchen and games room. The centre also has a dance studio and ICT media room. The project aims to provide new opportunities for young people with disabilities to engage in activities with young volunteers. The project also provides volunteering opportunities for main stream young people who act as buddies and provide one to one support.

February Half Term Activities

Disability Project at SizzAll & Bowling

February 17th, 12.00 to 8.00 pm.



Fees

Membership required £15.00

Contact

info@tokko.co.uk or 01582 544990.

Website

http://tokko.co.uk/whats-on/




Setting Name

Whizz Kidz – Luton Ambassador Club

Details

Ambassador Clubs are designed for young wheelchair users aged 10-25, but we open our doors to anyone who supports Whizz-Kidz and wants to be a part of our clubs! That means if you want to bring your brothers, sisters and friends along, you’re very welcome to - just let us know in advance. Our Ambassador Clubs belong to the young people who attend them - you get to decide what you want to do, and we’ll make sure you get to take part in lots of different activities and try new things. We also provide healthcare support at all of our Ambassador Clubs, so you can be independent and spend time away from home.

Location

The Youth Zone, Lea Manor High School, Luton

Dates

Check website for future dates

Telephone

07795 325931

Email

d.dolan@whizz-kidz.org.uk

Website

www.whizz-kidz.org.uk




The following local attractions have also specified that they may be able to offer discounts for children and young people who have a disability:

Subject to change please check with attractions before travelling.

All require proof of disability – e.g. Luton Children Disability Register Card


The English School of Falconry

Herrings Green Farm, Cotton End Road, Wilstead, Bedfordshire, MK45 3DT

01234 742 766

http://www.birdsofpreycentre.co.uk/
Disabled child free when with full paying parent. If the disabled child is visiting with carer then carer would enter free and the child would pay £4.50


Grebe Canal Cruises
Pitstone Wharf, Cheddington Road, Pitstone, LU7 9AD
01296 661920

www.grebecanalcruises.co.uk
Disabled child can travel free with one full paying fare. Tickets can be issued for the season or on an individual trip basis.

Gullivers Land
Newlands, Milton Keynes, MK15 0DT
01908 609001

www.gulliversfun.co.uk/milton-keynes

Discounted rate for disabled child.




Luton Town Football Club

Kenilworth Road Stadium, 1 Maple Road,

Luton, LU4 8AW

01582 416976



www.lutontown.co.uk

Reduction on season ticket and home game tickets. (Away games will vary)



Luton Library Theatre

St George's Square, Luton, LU1 2NG

01582 878100

www.lutonlibrarytheatre.co.uk
Disabled child pays concessionary rate + carer free. Maximum 7 wheelchair seats so advisable to contact Theatre in advance


Mead Open Farm

Stanbridge Road, Billington, LU7 9JH

01525 852954

www.meadopenfarm.co.uk
Standard Time £5 each for disabled person and carer. Peak (School Holidays and Bank Holidays) £6 each for disabled person and carer.


Snakes & Ladders

Blackburn Road, Houghton Regis LU5 5BQ

01582 660111

www.snakes-and-ladders.co.uk
Reduced entry rates for disabled child and carer.


Stondon Motor Museum

Station Road, Lower Stondon, Henlow SG16 6JN

01462 850339

www.motor-museum.co.uk
Reduced entrance rates of £3 the child with disabilities, a carer is £4.50


Whipsnade Zoo
Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, LU6 2LF
01582 872171

www.zsl.org

Discounted rate for disabled visitors. Free entry for one essential carer or free car entry available per paying disabled adult. Free entry for one essential carer per disabled child. (note: cannot be used in conjunction with Tesco Days Out vouchers.)



Woburn Safari Park
Woburn Park, Bedfordshire MK17 9QN
01525 290407

www.woburn.co.uk
One disabled person and one carer can be admitted for £11 each.

Proof of disability in the form of either a Blue Badge or DLA letter must be taken with you.



Woodside Animal Farm
Slip End Village, Luton, LU1 4DG
01582 841044

www.woodsidefarm.co.uk
Varies so best to check ahead but a rough costing for summer 2011 is £4.95 per child and £4.95 per carer

Tower Bridge Exhibition

Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2UP

0207 407 9191 (Bookings)

www.towerbridge.org.uk
One disabled person and one carer have free access to all amenities at Tower Bridge.

Last updated: 12th March 2015


The Family Information Service produces a list of local activities, exhibitions and attractions open to all as well as this dedicated list. Please visit the Family Information Service Directory to view the list which is renewed for each school holiday.

Disclaimer


Luton Borough Council does not check activity providers and some of these activities are not organised by Luton Borough Council. Activity providers are responsible for all insurances. If requested to sign a waiver or indemnity, please use your own judgement to assess its content before signing. If you are under 18, ask your parent/guardian before taking part in any activity.

Useful resources
Support Services

British sign language classes for parents
Icknield High School Hearing Impaired Unit provides British sign language classes to parents of deaf children in single gender groups. Classes are supported by interpreters and the key aims are to encourage communication within families of deaf children, promote inclusion and understanding of deaf issues and to teach, enable and promote BSL to parents of deaf children particularly from the Asian community. Contact Pat at Icknield High School Hearing Impaired Unit on 01582 576561.

Luton Parent Carer Forum

The parent carer forum aims to make sure that parents’ voices are heard when it comes to planning and decision making about services for our children in Luton.

The forum seeks to work together with the Local Services (Education, Social Care), and NHS who are actively involved and included in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of the services accessed by Children 0-25 and families with special educational needs and disabilities

Luton Parent Carer Forum is independent and voluntary, parent led, which means that the forum will decide its own priorities and how it would like to be involved within the local authority decision making process. There is a national support from Contact a Family and the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF), which also enables parents’ views to be fed back nationally. For more information contact Tracey Gilson on 07985470156 or visit www.lutonforum.org.uk



Mentoring Service

The Mentoring Service supports children and young people aged 5-18 who are facing a variety of challenges in their lives. Support is offered throughout the year by individual support with a mentor, group work on a variety of topics, social events and a drop in facility. Children/young people supported by the Mentoring Service are also able to access the recreational therapeutic programme to gain new experiences and develop their self-worth, resilience and team working skills. For more information please contact Chums 01525 863924, email info@chums.uk.com or visit www.chums.uk.com


Holiday venues
For information about fully accessible holiday venues in the UK and abroad which welcome families with disabled children or those with special needs you can request a copy of the ‘Parents Directory’ from the Luton Family Information Service.
Rough Guide
You may also find the ‘Rough Guide to Accessible Britain’ useful with ideas of days out throughout the UK. The guide is free to Blue Badge holders.
Travel insurance
The National Autistic Society, in partnership with insurance service Unique, offers a specialist travel insurance policy for:

  • people affected by autism and other pre-existing medical conditions, disabilities and allergies

  • families and friends travelling with them

  • members of The National Autistic Society (members receive a 10% discount).

Their website also has lots of practical advice for booking and preparing your holiday, as well as travelling and activities. Visit www.autism.org.uk/18059



For further support visit the Local Offer or view the current Short Breaks Statement.


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