Groups and activities for disabled children

Salford's short break care activities programme offers children and young people with a disability the chance to meet other people and have fun in safe, friendly environments supervised by trained staff.

There are a range of activities on offer in both term-time and holidays for children and young people up to 18 years old including holiday play schemes, play groups, after school clubs, sports clubs and youth groups across Salford. Some of these activities are groups just for disabled children or young people but some are also open to their non-disabled siblings and/or parents to attend with them.

How do I find out more about what's on offer?

There is a list of the organisations that provide these activities below and a table listing all activities and contact details can be found in the downloadable documents at the bottom of the page. Please contact the organisation to check whether there are currently places on the activity that you are interested in.

You do not need to have an assessment to attend the activities, and places are offered on a first come first served basis. However some groups or activities may be more suited to children or young people with a particular disability. Always contact the provider first before attending your first session. You may have to pay a small contribution for your child to attend these activities but many of them are free of charge. Further information on the short break care offer and eligibility can be found in the short break care statement, available to download below.

Springwood play area

Springwood play area is now open to disabled children and their families from across the city. The outdoor play area and facilities are open after school, on weekends and during school holidays.

Short break care activity providers

For a full a list of all activities and contact details for all providers, please see the short break care activities programme available to download below.

The Autistic Society, Greater Manchester Area (ASGMA)

ASGMA provide after school and holiday activities for children and young people aged ten to 18 years with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism in both term time and holiday periods.

Core Assets

Core Assets provide arts, crafts and sports activities and groups for disabled young people aged eight to 18 during both term time and holiday periods.

Disability youth group

Salford Youth Service runs a youth group for disabled young people aged 12 to 25. Activities include cooking, arts and crafts, trips and visits, and group work. All group members have the opportunity to explore their own experiences and to address attitudes to disability. Please contact the senior neighbourhood youth work manager on 0161 778 0700.

Federation of Jewish Services

The Federation of Jewish Services offer activities tailored for disabled children and young people in the Jewish community including weekly activity groups and holiday play schemes listed in the activities programme document below.

YOUCAN (formerly known as Oakwood Youth Club)

YOUCAN provides a range of sports and arts based activities throughout term time and holiday periods for disabled children and young people aged 12 to 18 years. Some activities are for up to age 25.

Salford Community Leisure

Salford Community Leisure offer a range of sporting activities including swimming, dancing, gymnastics and multi-sports camps across both term time and holidays.

Service and events directory

Salford's service and events directory lists many activities and services available in Salford, for example play schemes and holiday play schemes, adult and toddler groups and activities available in local children's centres. Please note that these activities are not part of the short break care offer and so not all activities will be as accessible as those listed above. Please contact the individual providers in the directory to check availability and accessibility.

For more information contact the commissioning service on 0161 778 0537.

Downloadable documents

If you are unable to view documents of these types, our downloads page provides links to viewing software.

This page was last updated on 15 February 2019

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