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Things to do for children and young people with SEND

We all want to have fun, enjoy our hobbies, follow our interests, relax with friends, or go out for a day trip with our family.

Search the Norfolk Community Directory for things to do for children and young people with SEND that are suitable for the whole family. You can also find mainstream clubs and activities which are accessible to children and young people with SEND. 

Come along on the first Saturday of every month to enjoy a guest storyteller for an accessible storytime, where they will read a book and an interpreter will sign in British Sign Language.

This event takes place in Norwich Millennium Library’s Children's Library and is free to attend.

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions are limited to thirty children plus accompanying adults, so attendees are advised to arrive up to 30 minutes before the session begins to collect an admission sticker.

Dates and times: Saturdays from 4 January, 11.30am to 12 noon

Venue: Millennium Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1AW

Come along and join in on this exciting new Monday night activity held every fortnight.

At these sessions you’ll get your chance to learn about and play the fun game of Boccia, which is accessible for all abilities.

Dates:

  • Monday 13 January
  • Monday 27 January
  • Monday 10 February
  • Monday 24 February
  • Monday 16 March
  • Monday 30 March

Time: 6.20-7.40pm

Venue: Sportspark, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ

Cost and booking: £3 to be paid on the night (no activity support fee). Be sure to wear loose fitting comfortable clothes and trainers and bring a bottle of water. Please book and pay any fees by ten days beforehand. Maximum number of 8 places.

Further details: Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029. BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities. Check out their website www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Monthly group outings to the VUE Cinema in Norwich Castle Mall.

Please note that mainstream cinema showings change regularly, so the film on offer will not be decided until about a week before. Contact BUILD to register your interest and confirm attendance once you have been sent the details.

Dates:

  • Sunday 26 January
  • Sunday 23 February
  • Sunday 29 March

Time: To be confirmed – matinee screening

Venue: Meet in foyer of VUE Cinema, Castle Mall, Norwich NR1 3DD

Cost and booking: £4.99 admission (pay at venue), plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and make sure you bring money for refreshments. Please book and pay any fees by ten days beforehand. Maximum number of 8 places.

Further details: Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029. BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities. Check out their website www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Gain new skills with the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service on the Prince’s Trust Team Programme, a free personal development course that will make you more confident, motivated and improve your ability to work with others.

  • Pick up new skills and qualifications 
  • Mix with new people and make new friends 
  • Improve your chances of moving into a job, education or training 
  • Get help with job-hunting, mock interviews and writing your CV 
  • Make a difference in your community 
  • …and most importantly… get a big boost to your confidence and a real sense of achievement! 

This 12-week course in Dereham commences on Monday 27 January, with a taster day held on Tuesday 21 January. It is for any young person aged between 16-25 years who is currently not in education, employment or training and is ready to do something positive with their time.

Students who successfully complete the training will achieve a nationally recognised Prince’s Trust certificate and an Emergency First Aid certificate.

Attending the course does not affect any benefits. Travel costs are reimbursed.

Further information: please phone 07795 067383

  • Option 1 - Meet at the bowling Alley for a pre-bowling meal at 5.30pm
  • Option 2 - Meet at the Bowling Alley at 6.20pm to play two games of ten pin bowling

Dates:

  • Tuesday 28 January
  • Tuesday 25 February
  • Tuesday 31 March

Time: 5.30pm to 7.45pm. Choose from either option 1 or option 2 above.

Venue: Strikes Bowling Alley, Station Road, Dereham NR19 1DF

Cost and booking: £3.95 per person per game, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and make sure you also bring money for food and drink. Please book and pay any fees by ten days beforehand. Maximum number of eight places.

Further details: Please contact BUILD Charity info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029. BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to over 16 year olds with sensory, physical and learning disabilities. Check out their website www.buildcharity.co.uk.

The Prince's Trust, in partnership with The British Racing School in Newmarket, is offering a free one-week residential course next year.

16-25 year olds who are not in education, employment or training have the unique opportunity to work alongside thoroughbred race horses and learn all about the horse racing industry.

Learn about horse behaviour, horse handling and practical horse care, riding, yard work and best turned out training. And your accommodation, travel and meals are all provided for free!

Dates have yet to be confirmed. To express an interest in joining this 2020 programme, please contact peter.hennessey@princes-trust.org.uk.

Are you 16-30 and want a job? Not in education, employment or training?

The Prince’s Trust, in partnership with local Health and Social Care providers, are offering a free employment training course to give you a fantastic opportunity to start a career within Health and Social Care.

Meet new people and gain a wide range of practical experiences within the NHS.  Not only will this boost your confidence and employability skills, you’ll also have the chance to benefit from direct support to help you uncover your next career steps.

Joining the course will not affect your benefits, and travel expenses will be paid on the programme (or by your Job Centre).

Work towards the Level 1 qualification in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
Experience a range of Health and Social Care work placements, moving between Admin, Estates, Facilities and Health & Social Care Support
Get support and advice about how to start a career within the Health and Social Care sector
Boost your employability skills and access employment opportunities
Receive up to 6 months mentoring support

Dates:
Monday 2 March to Friday 20 March.

Interviews:
Wednesday 12 February and Wednesday 19 February.

Venue:
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gayton Road, King’s Lynn PE30 4ET.

Booking and further information:
Call for free on 0800 842 842. Limited places available!

Open’s holiday activities return with a huge variety of different courses for ages 4-12, with all the favourites and some new special additions for Easter.

On offer are the following one-day activities aimed at 4 - 6 year olds which run from 10am - 2pm.

Thursday 2 April

  • Little Kids Circus Skills 
  • Little Kids Gymnastics

Friday 3 April

  • Little Kids Easter Sweet Treats 

Thursday 9 April

  • Little Kids Science
  • Mini Mountaineers

Tuesday 14 April

  • Crazy Little Rockstars

And the following one/two-day activities on offer for 7 - 12 year olds which run from 10am - 3pm each day.

Thursday 2 April

  • Combat Academy (one day course) 
  • Wizard Academy
  • Easter Sweet Treats (one day course)
  • Be a Youtuber

Tuesday 7 April

  • Robot Wars
  • Intro to Climbing 
  • Radio Daze 
  • Fashion Frenzy
  • Gymnastics (one day course)

Wednesday 8 April

  • Multi Sports Academy (one day course)

Tuesday 14 April

  • Stop Frame Animation

Thursday 16 April

  • Be a Youtuber
  • Crazy Scientists 
  • Intermediate Climbing

To find out more detailed information for each of the activities, including costs or book an activity please visit the Open website.

A special residential break run by ASD Helping Hands that is open to those who are 12 and over and who either have or are affected by an autism spectrum disorder.

Set just outside the Norfolk village of Lyng, Norfolk Lakes offers a range of activities over 65 acres, ranging from water sport to archery and rifle shooting.

During this three-day, two-night break you will get to take part in many different activities led by experienced instructors and supported by trained ASD Helping Hands staff.

Dates: Monday 6 April to Wednesday 8 April

Venue: Manor Adventures, Norfolk Lakes, Lyng, Norwich NR9 5RS

Cost: £188 per person (payment plans available)

Further details: Contact lee.gibbons@asdhelpinghands.org.uk or call 01362 288110 for more information or to make a booking.

Run by women for women only – weekly sessions to help build your confidence, self-esteem, employability skills and wellbeing, providing a valuable opportunity to step outside of your daily routine and spend time in a safe space, learning new skills and making new friends!

This 12-week programme is free to attend and packed with new positive experiences, from breadmaking and mindfulness sessions to art therapy and positive relationships sessions. It will equip you with the skills to move forward and make positive changes in your life, and you will gain support you all the way.

To enrol on The Bloom Project you must be over 18 years and not in paid employment.

Dates and times:

The first programme starts on Friday 17 April and will be held every Friday for 12 weeks, from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

Venue:

The main location for the sessions will be at The Feed Café, 78-80 Prince of Wales Road, Norwich NR1 1NJ, but you will also get the opportunity to visit other safe venues nearby during the course.

Further information:

Email hollie@thefeed.org.uk or call 01603 850447.

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