Things to do

Things to do

There is a lot to do for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. This includes play schemes, after school activities, sports clubs and youth groups.

All activities take place in fun, safe, friendly environments and are led by fully trained staff. Some groups are also open to siblings and/or parents.

Lots more information can be found on our short break activities web page.

Salford Community Leisure activities

There's a new music group on every Wednesday evening during term-time, 6pm to 7pm, at Rainbow Rooms Community Centre, Liverpool Road, Eccles, M30 0QN. 

You may be interested in swimability sessions, especially for children and young people who require additional care and support needs. There are also Everybody dance now sessions for children aged 8 and over and adults with disabilities or learning difficulties.

For other inclusive sport and leisure activities, visit the Salford Community Leisure website.

At the Ordsall Leisure Centre, there's a multi-sensory room. These rooms are proven to improve physical skills and stimulate development and communication. 

A day out with the family

If you're looking for things to do as a family, you may be able to get free tickets for a day out to a popular attraction through Merlin's Magic Wand.

Perhaps you would like to see if there is an Autism friendly viewing at one of our local cinemas?

If you’re interested in the Arts, different themed fun days with free activities are held every month at Z-arts. Have a look at the Z-arts website or to find out more email Lowri Jones at or telephone 0161 2322 1912. You can also download the Z-arts information leaflet from the bottom of this page.

Carers go free!

Did you know at many attractions, if you're accompanying a child or young person with special educational needs or disabilities, you can go for free?

A trip to the cinema

Sign up for a CEA card to get free cinema tickets for a carer when accompanying a child or young person with special educational needs or disabilities.

CEA cards are accepted in most major cinemas and cost £5.50 for 12 months.

A show at The Lowry

Complimentary theatre tickets are available for essential carers. Contact the box office on 0843 208 6000 for details.

SEA LIFE Manchester and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester, Trafford Centre

One carer can go for free. You'll need to bring proof of disability with you on the day, such as a blue badge, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) letter or note from a doctor or specialist. If you are booking in advance, you don't need to book a ticket for the carer.

Groups and activities

Service/activity Who is it aimed at? When? Contact Cost

Eccles Special Needs Stay and Play

Weekly after school stay and play group for children with special needs and disabilities. Siblings welcome at the group.

0-16 year olds with special needs and disabilities Monday 5pm to 7pm Eccles Special Needs Stay and Play
The Castle Community Centre
Lewis Street
M30 0PU
£2 per child - snacks and drinks provided for children and adults

The Rainbow Project

The Rainbow Project is a specialist, supportive early intervention service for children on the autism spectrum

Children on (or who may be on) the autism spectrum, between the ages of two and five (early years) Saturday to Thursday, year-round. Children attend for one to two hours, one or more times per week. Amanda Haydock
5 Halstead Avenue
M6 7EP
Please contact for costs

Greater Manchester Autism Consortium Project

A point of contact for anyone in Greater Manchester that needs information about autism and related issues

Parents and carers of children and adults on the autistic spectrum


People with an autistic spectrum disorder

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9am and 12pm.

Sanderling Building
Birdhall Lane
Cheadle Heath


Salford Wheels for All

Inclusive cycling for all ages and abilities, in a safe fun environment with a wide range of cycles available

All ages and abilities with a focus on adapted cycles including hand cycles, tricycles, tandems, two and three seater quads and wheelchair transporter

Wednesday 10am to 3pm

Saturday 11am to 2pm

Cleavley Athletics Track
Blantyre Street
M30 8HY

£3 per participant, free for parents and carers. Available for private group bookings, please contact for costs.

Lubavitch Day Camp

A two week summer day camp with activities, trips, crafts and sport

Boys and girls aged three to 14 Varies each year but takes place for two weeks during the school summer holidays

Delivered at various locations.

  • Phone Rifka Wineberg on 0161 720 9514
  • Email

Lubavitch Day Camp
62 Singleton Road
M7 4LU

Depending on age of child, costs range from £80 to £150 per week

Seashell Trust stay and play

Babies and toddlers aged six to 36 months.

Infants aged six to 36 months with significant (probable) hearing loss and additional complex needs. Wednesday 10am to 12pm

Stanley Road
Cheadle Hulme

Free of charge

There are also lots of activities and groups across the city that are open to all children, that you may find are suitable for your child.

Use our service and events directory to find activities and groups, and read more about any that interest you to see if they might meet your child's needs.

If you are a teenager or older have a look at our hobbies and interests for young adults page.

Other useful websites 

Activities across the Greater Manchester area can be found on the Netmums website

Looking for an accessible place to visit? Check out Euan’s Guide for some ideas and reviews on disabled access, by disabled people, their families and their friends.

Changing Places for finding the nearest accessible toilets and changing facilities.


If your child is old enough, depending on the severity of their condition they may be interested in working as a volunteer for a few hours a week, in a suitable role. Take a look at the opportunities on the Salford CVS website.

This page was last updated on 20 February 2018

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