Things to do

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 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. 

Weekly social club including arts and crafts, drinks and confectionery, our Bonus Ball game, raffle and pool table.

Takes place from 7-9pm each week.

Weekly dates and featured activity:

  • 14 February: Disco and Women’s group
  • 21 February: Disco and cookery group
  • 28 February: Disco and cookery group
  • 7 March: Fun with Fitness with Shelia!
  • 14 March: Disco and Women’s group
  • 21 March: Disco and cookery group
  • 28 March: Disco and cookery group

Venue: Vauxhall Centre, Johnson Place, off Vauxhall Street, Norwich, NR2 2SA

Cost: BUILD members £9, non-members £14 - payable on entry.  Free for 16-19 year olds. 

Booking: No need to book, just turn up!

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Your Own Place tenancy courses are like no other!  No two courses are the same and they’re jam packed with engaging activities, resources, people and information. We work with young people from all backgrounds. They may be leaving care, leaving school, leaving prison, leaving supported accommodation, going to college or university or just leaving home for the first time.  We can take the stress and anxiety out of this transition.

Cost: £275 per person

Dates:

Norwich

  • 20, 21 and 22 February
  • 13, 14 and 15 March

All refreshments, resources, guest speakers, certificates, two trainers, fun and games included!

Go to www.yourownplace.org.uk or phone 01603 611910 for further information.

Signalong is a system of signs based on British Sign Language which is designed to help people with communication difficulties to understand and express their needs, choices and desires.

The six-week Signalong foundation training course will teach participants all the skills necessary to gain access to the entire Signalong vocabulary.

Dates:

Course 1 (Tuesdays)

  • 16 January 2018
  • 23 January 2018
  • 30 January 2018
  • 6 February 2018
  • 20 February 2018
  • 27 February 2018

Course 2 (Fridays)

  • 19 January 2018
  • 26 January 2018
  • 2 February 2018
  • 9 February 2018
  • 23 February 2018
  • 2 March 2018

Time: 10am-1pm

Venue: Onward Enterprises, Thetford IP24 1HU

Cost: £75 which includes an adult learning disability core vocabulary manual and a Signalong certificate.  Participants will be invoiced for the fee.

If you are interested in attending, please do not hesitate to contact Tina Allen if you require further information. Email tina.allen@nchc.nhs.uk or call 01553 666680.

Our tennis sessions are for people with a learning disability who want to get active, have fun and meet new people!  Tennis is a great way to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing and can be adapted to suit everyone.  Courts, rackets and balls can be adapted for all abilities.

We can provide a sports wheelchair for those who want or need to use one during sessions.

Sundays:

  • 18 February
  • 11 and 25 March
  • 22 April
  • 13 May 
  • 3 and 24 June
  • 15 July

Time: 12-1.30pm

Venue: East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club, Lime Tree Road Norwich NR2 2NQ

Cost: £3 per session

If you have any questions or would like more information, please don’t hesitate get in touch - call Derek Perry on 07966 455012.

Our tennis sessions are for people with a learning disability who want to get active, have fun and meet new people!  Tennis is a great way to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing and can be adapted to suit everyone.  Courts, rackets and balls can be adapted for all abilities.  Never played before? Why not give it a go!

Sundays:

  • 18 February
  • 11 and 25 March
  • 22 April
  • 13 May 
  • 3 and 24 June
  • 15 July

Time: 1.30-2.30pm

Venue: East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club, Lime Tree Road Norwich NR2 2NQ

Cost: £3 per session

If you have any questions or would like more information, please don’t hesitate get in touch - call Derek Perry on 07966 455012.  No need to book!

 

Launching our new “Fit for Fun” programme this is a taster session at one of Norwich’s newest gym and fitness centres where Fitness Coaches will support a fun activity session giving advice on some simple ways to improve physical health at a pace to suit you. If you’ve never been to a gym, or are looking to start a regular exercise programme, then join us.

Date:  Tuesday 13 February

Time: 7-8.15pm

Venue:  The Norwich Fitness Academy Unit 3, Guardian Road, Norwich, NR5 8PF

What will you need to bring?  Loose fitting comfortable clothes, trainers and a bottle of water

Cost: £5 activity support fee (members) or £10 (non-members). Free for those aged 16-18.

Booking:  Please book and pay full fees by 3 February.  Maximum number of 10 places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Introduction to Climbing

  • Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 February
  • 10am-3pm

An introduction to the adrenaline filled world of indoor rock climbing!  Learn how to use the climbing equipment, and develop techniques, skills, teamwork and trust.  Instructors will be with you every step of the way and will get you reaching great heights in no time at all!  All equipment is provided.

Multi-Sports

  • Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 February
  • 10am-3pm

Do you know someone that enjoys playing sports and wants to meet new friends?  Then these two days of action packed fun activities are just right!  On offer will be a variety of exciting sports, from pulse raising warm-up games to learning and playing Dodgeball, y-Ball, Benchball and Speedstacking, and much more.  Participants will be inspired by learning new skills, playing new games and trying new sports with enthusiastic instructors.

Intermediate Climbing

  • Thursday 15 and Friday 16 February
  • 10am-3pm

This workshop is aimed at those who have completed an Introduction to Climbing session at OPEN or a similar workshop elsewhere, providing the next step to progressing their climbing ability and knowledge.  Participants will develop climbing techniques including hand and foot placements, body positioning and climbing movement.  The workshop also includes rope and equipment management, route grades and the history and etiquette of climbing.

Stop Frame Animation

  • Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 February
  • 10am-3pm

Do you know someone that would love creating their very own animation films like Wallace and Gromit or The Lego Movie?  This course is perfect for developing their very own filmmaking and story boarding skills.  Participants will work with digital equipment and software to create movies using props, models and scenery created throughout the day.  They may even want to make a cameo appearance themselves!  This workshop promises to let imaginations run wild!

Film and Perform

  • Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 February
  • 10am-3pm

Are you a potential music performer or singer?  Are you a budding filmmaker?  On day one learn to perform a piece of music, then on day two turn your song into a pop video with cameras and lighting.  Whether you’re into performance or video, there’s something here for you!

Make your own Movie

  • Thursday 15 and Friday 16 February
  • 10am-3pm

This workshop gives children the chance to star in their own music video.  Learn how to design a storyboard, play with props, create scenes, sing and lip sync your heart out to become your very own pop star.  You will also get a copy of the polished and edited version of the music video sent via email for you to cherish forever.

Discover Dance

  • Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 February
  • 10am-3pm

A chance to learn a variety of dance techniques and discover more about dance, developing creativity in new, exciting and fun ways.  Participants will learn amazing choreography and develop their own artistic expression.

Pokemon Party

  • Thursday 15 and Friday 16 February
  • 10am-3pm

As we all know, last year the incredible world of Pokemon came back by storm.  This brand new Pokemon Party course is perfect for any budding Pokemon Trainers, so grab that Pokedex and have a blast!

Venue:  OPEN Youth Trust 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF

Cost and bookings:  £30 per person plus booking fee.  Spaces are limited and some bursary places are available.  All activities are suitable for all abilities and ages 7-12.  For more information call 01603 252110 or email activities@opennorwich.org.uk.  To book a place go to www.opennorwich.org.uk.

A special ‘Young Eyes’ event organised by the Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB).

Slanteddance will be running a cheerleading session suitable for all ages.  There will also be an afternoon digital music workshop for visually impaired children and young people over 6 years old plus siblings, run by NNAB and Virtual School Sensory Support together with Laboratory Media Education.

NNAB’s ‘Young Eyes’ group aims to provide support, friendship, advice and fun activities for vision-impaired children and young people under 18 years old and their families in Norfolk.  They also have a special group for under 5s (Rainbow Sparks) and their own sensory play room.

As part of the support network in Norfolk they work very closely with the Virtual School Sensory Support and other local organisations, sharing training and ideas and working together on projects and events.

Date:  Wednesday 14 February

Times:  10.30am-3pm

Venue:  The Bradbury Activity Centre (NNAB), Beckham Place, Norwich NR3 3DZ

Further information:  Please call Dorothy Bowen, ‘YoungEyes’ Co-ordinator at NNAB, on 01603 629558 for information about all events and activities, or email dorothybowen@nnab.org.uk. Please note - places are limited for the digital music workshop so if you are interested contact Dorothy to book a place.

We’re celebrating Chinese New Year – 2018 will be the year of the dog.

Come along and enjoy some traditional Chinese cuisine – with an all you can eat menu at £14.99

Date:  Thursday 15 February

Time:  7-9.30pm

Venue: The Canton Chinese Restaurant, 129 Thorpe Road NR1 1TR

What will you need to bring? Money for meal and drinks

Cost:  Food and drinks cost, plus £5 activity support fee (members), or £10 (non-members)

Booking:  Please book and pay activity support fees by 5 February.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Little Kids get Dancing

  • Thursday 15 February
  • 10am-2pm

A fun filled packed day where you will get the chance to learn a variety of new dance techniques and discover more about dance.  Develop your creativity and let your body move in new, exciting and fun ways.  You will learn new choreography and develop your own artistic expression.  All equipment is provided all we ask is that you come with plenty of enthusiasm.  paces are limited so be quick!

Little Kids get Active

  • Friday 16 February
  • 10am-3pm

Does your child enjoy playing sports, want to meet new friends?  Then ‘Let’s Get Active’ is the right course!  On offer will be a variety of exciting sports from pulse raising warm up games to learning the technique and playing games such as speedstacking!

Venue:  OPEN Youth Trust 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF

Cost and bookings:  £16 per person plus booking fee.  Spaces are limited and some bursary places are available.  These one-day activities are suitable for all abilities and ages 4-6.  For more information call 01603 252110 or email activities@opennorwich.org.uk.  To book a place go to www.opennorwich.org.uk.

Using music and dance to inspire, a special night out aimed at 13 to 25 year olds with learning difficulties and disabilities.

This is an inclusive event, so families, friends, support workers and carers are all welcome to attend.

Dates:

  • Thursday 16 February
  • Wednesday 12 April
  • Thursday 1 June
  • Thursday 10 August
  • Thursday 21 December

Times:  7-9.30pm

Venue:  OPEN Youth Trust, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich NR2 4SF

Cost and bookings:  Tickets are £5 each on the door.  Price includes admission also for one family member, friend or carer.

Join a small group for a lovely walk along the River Yare around Eaton and Cringleford.  Then warm up with refreshments at Waitrose cafe afterwards.

Bus buddies for all from Norwich.

Date:  Sunday 18 February

Time:  12.30-3pm

Venue:  Meet at St Stephen’s Street bus stop BR.  Returning to Norwich Bus Station at 3pm.

What will you need to bring?  Weather appropriate shoes and outdoor wear.  Money for bus travel, bus pass and for refreshments.

Cost:  Money for refreshments (paid on the day), plus £5 activity support fee (members) or £10 (non-members)

Booking:  Please book and pay activity support fees by 8 February. Maximum number of 12 places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Join in an exclusive BUILD Charity hosted trampolining party for people with disabilities including music and light show.  Think of it as our famous Fuse Parties – on a trampoline!

Date: Monday 19 February

Time: 5.30-7pm.  Bounce session runs from 6-7pm, but you must be there at least 15 minutes before for booking in and safety briefing.

Venue: Gravity Trampoline Park, Riverside, Norwich

What will you need to bring? Loose fitting comfortable clothes, money for refreshments

Cost:  £7.50 entry plus £1 sock hire.  Carers only pay if they bounce.

Booking: Ideally, and to save time on arrival, pre-book on line with Gravity at www.gravity-uk.com or – you can turn up on the night.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

  • Are you 16-25 and want a job?
  • Not in education, employment or training?

The Prince’s Trust Get into Health and Social Care course, delivered in partnership with Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Serco, Norfolk Community Health and Care and Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support Ltd, will give you the skills to get ahead.

Meet new people and gain a wide range of practical experiences within the NHS.  We’ll also help you with your CV and interview skills.  Not only will it boost your confidence and employability skills, but you’ll also have the chance to benefit from support from one of our mentors to help you uncover your next steps.

  • All training provided
  • Travel expenses paid on programme
  • Doesn't affect your benefits
  • Boost employability skills
  • Up to six months mentoring support

Dates: 19 February - 29 March

Interviews:  Week commencing 22 January

Venue:  Norwich and surrounding areas

Cost: Free

For more information or to join the course: call for free: 0800 842 842 or TEXT 'CALL ME' to: 07983 385418.

Are you looking for work?  Do you have an interest in film?  Do you want to have fun learning new skills?

WEA are running a special course in Norwich spanning three weeks that will cover:

  • Digital skills
  • Working in a team
  • How to organise
  • Confidence building
  • Communication skills

Dates and times:

  • Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 February, 10am-1pm
  • Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 February, 10am-2pm
  • Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 March, 10am-2pm
  • Thursday 8 March, 10am to 1pm

Please note - all dates need to be attended

Venue:  The Library Bar and Grill, 4A Guildhall Hill, Norwich NR2 1JH

Bookings:  Please contact Adam on abracher@wea.org.uk for a booking form.

Option 1:  Meet at the Queen of the Iceni Wetherspoon’s at 5.30pm for pre-bowling dinner

Option 2: Meet at the Hollywood Bowl at 6.20pm to play two games of ten pin bowling

Date:  Tuesday 6 February

Time: 5.30-8pm.  Choose from either Option 1 or Option 2 above.

Venue: See above

What will you need to bring?  Money for bowling (£5.80) and for food and drink.

Cost:  Food and bowling cost plus £5 BUILD members or £10 non-members activity support fee

Booking:  Please book and pay activity support fees by 10 February.  Maximum number of 16 places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Audio-described performances are delivered live during a performance via headsets available from the Welcome Point.  Booking in the front stalls is recommended.

A BSL interpreter will also stand on the stage and give a signed interpretation of the text sung or spoken by the actors and singers on the stage.  The signer will usually stand stage left.  Booking in the centre front stalls is recommended.

During a captioned performance there will be caption units displaying spoken or sung words as they are delivered on stage.  It’s best to avoid the front three rows when booking to view the captions comfortably.

Date and time:  Thursday 22 February at 2.30pm

Venue:  Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Top price seats at all performances are half price for those registered blind or partially sighted and this concession is offered to one companion.  For details please ask at the Box Office (01603) 630000.

If you would like to receive a Braille, big print or audio brochure posted to you every time they are released, please contact Jo Ross at j.ross@theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call (01603) 598524.

A nightclub party night with music, bar and dancing, specifically aimed at people with disabilities, their friends, families and supporters.

Entry for those aged 16 and over, proof of age on entry may be required.

Date:  Thursday 22 February

Time:  6:30-9pm

Venue:  Mercy, Prince of Wales Road, Norwich

What will you need to bring?  Money for drinks at the bar

Cost:  £4 entry for people with disabilities, with up to two carers/supporters per person getting free entry

Booking:  No need to book – just turn up and pay on the door

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

For all vision-impaired little ones under 5, Rainbow Sparks, run by the Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB), is the fun place to be!

With Musical Keys, the Sensory Rainbow Sparks Tent and the Rainbow Sensory Room, there’s lots to do and always coffee and cakes!

NNAB’s ‘YoungEyes’ group aims to provide support, friendship, advice and fun activities for vision-impaired children and young people under 18 years old and their families in Norfolk.

As part of the support network in Norfolk they work very closely with the Virtual School Sensory Support and other local organisations, sharing training and ideas and working together on projects and events.

Dates (Thursdays):

  • 22 February
  • 22 March
  • 26 April
  • 24 May
  • 21 June
  • 23 August
  • 27 September
  • 25 October
  • 22 November

Times:  10.30am -12pm

Venue:  The Bradbury Activity Centre (NNAB), Beckham Place, Norwich NR3 3DZ

Further information:  Please call Dorothy Bowen, ‘YoungEyes’ Co-ordinator at NNAB, on 01603 629558 for information about all events and activities, or email dorothybowen@nnab.org.uk. Please note - places are limited for the digital music workshop so if you are interested contact Dorothy to book a place.

Join us for a fun filled afternoon of roller-skating!  Funky’s offers great facilities, with a 17 metre by 40 metre skating rink – with a hand rail all the way around to keep you steady!  The maple floor also gives a good grippy surface, so this activity is open to all levels of skating abilities.

Bus buddies from Norwich on request.

Date:  Saturday 24 February

Time:  1-5pm

Venue:  Burton Road Business Park, Spar Road, Norwich, NR6 6AX

What will you need to bring:  Comfortable clothes, bus pass or money for travel, money for entry and skate hire, and for refreshments

Cost: Entry: £6.75, plus skate hire £1.50, money for refreshments and travel and £5 activity support fee (members), or £10 (non members)

Booking:  Please book and pay activity support fees by 14 February.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Mainstream cinema showings change regularly so we will not know the film on offer until about a week before.  Register interest and confirm attendance once we send you the details of the film we are going to see.

Date:  Sunday 25 February

Time:  Meeting during the afternoon

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

What will you need to bring?  Admission £9.49 (pay at venue).  Money for refreshments.

Cost:  Admission and refreshments plus £5 activity support fee (members) or £10 (non-members)

Booking:  Please book and pay activity support fees by 15 February.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Join in an exclusive BUILD Charity hosted trampolining party for people with disabilities including music and light show.  Think of it as our famous Fuse Parties – on a trampoline!

Date: Monday 26 February

Time: 5.30-7pm.  Bounce session runs from 6-7pm, but you must be there at least 15 minutes before for booking in and safety briefing.

Venue: Gravity Trampoline Park, Riverside, Norwich

What will you need to bring? Loose fitting comfortable clothes, money for refreshments

Cost:  £7.50 entry plus £1 sock hire.  Carers only pay if they bounce.

Booking: Ideally, and to save time on arrival, pre-book on line with Gravity at www.gravity-uk.com or – you can turn up on the night.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

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

Date:  Tuesday 27 February

Time:  5.30-7.45pm.  Choose from either Option 1 or Option 2 above.

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

What will you need to bring?  Money for bowling (£5.90) and for food and drink

Cost:  Food and bowling cost plus £5 activity support fee (members) or £10 (non-members)

Booking:  Please book and pay activity support fees by 17 February.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

A second meeting for people with a learning disability aged 16+ in Norwich and the surrounding areas – an opportunity for you to have a say about the things that matter to you and to plan group activities for the year ahead.

Parents, carers and professionals are also welcome to attend.

Date:  Thursday 1 March

Time:  11am-2.30pm

Venue:  Anteros Art Foundation, 11-15 Fye Bridge Street, Norwich NR3 1LJ

Further information:  Lunch and drinks will be provided.  Contact emily.flores-gutierrez@mencap.org.uk at the Royal Mencap Society to book your place.

A chance to meet and take part in activities based around the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ – the five steps that we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.

Free entry.  Parking available at Morrisons (NR19 1DF).  Please see on-site notices.

Date:  Friday 2 March

Times:  10am-4pm

Venue:  Dereham Memorial Hall, 62a Norwich Street, Dereham NR19 1AD

Further information:  Contact Emma Morrow by email: emma.morrow@wellbeingnandw.co.uk or telephone: 0300 123 1503, or go to www.wellbeingnands.co.uk.  Alternatively contact Sarah Ingram by email: sarahingram@norwichmind.org.uk or telephone: 01603 432457, or go to www.norwichmind.org.uk.

This is an accredited course and suitable for anyone who provides support for those who use Signalong as part of their communication.  It aims to develop the skills learners already have, to understand the communication process and develop learners abilities to communicate with those who have communication impairments.

Who should attend: Anyone who has previously completed a Signalong phase 1 course.

Course objectives:

  • Develop skills
  • Further understand how sign supported communication supports children and adults with speech, language and communication needs
  • Practice using signing skills and signs to interact and communicate with others
  • Learn 346 new signs

Certification: Accredited certificate (if the examination is not passed at end of course a certificate of attendance will be given).  All learners will be required to complete a written test at the end of the course and throughout the course their practical work will be observed.

Dates: Saturdays – 3, 10 and 17 March 2018.  Total duration 15 hours

Time: 10am–3.30pm

Venue: 221 St Leonards Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4JN

Cost: £85 per learner plus £19 for a Signalong phase 2 book

For more information or to book please contact Tanya Hubbard, training coordinator - telephone: 01603 765405 or email: trainingteam@thehamletcharity.org.uk

Public swimming session in Norwich’s Riverside Swimming Pool supported by the centre’s lifeguards.

Please be aware that BUILD staff and volunteers are not able to assist with dressing or personal care.

Date:  Saturday 3 March

Time: 11.30am-1pm

Venue:  Riverside Swimming Pool, Wherry Road, Norwich, NR1 1WX

What will you need to bring?  Towel, 20p piece for locker, swimming costume

Cost:  Swimming entry fee of £4.95 plus £5 activity support fee (members), or £10 (non-members)

Booking:  Please book and pay activity support fees by 21 February.  Maximum number – eight places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Audio-described performances are delivered live during a performance via headsets available from the Welcome Point.  Booking in the front stalls is recommended.

A BSL interpreter will also stand on the stage and give a signed interpretation of the text sung or spoken by the actors and singers on the stage.  The signer will usually stand stage left.  Booking in the centre front stalls is recommended.

During a captioned performance there will be caption units displaying spoken or sung words as they are delivered on stage.  It’s best to avoid the front three rows when booking to view the captions comfortably.

Date and time:  Saturday 3 March at 2.30pm

Venue:  Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Top price seats at all performances are half price for those registered blind or partially sighted and this concession is offered to one companion.  For details please ask at the Box Office (01603) 630000.

If you would like to receive a Braille, big print or audio brochure posted to you every time they are released, please contact Jo Ross at j.ross@theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call (01603) 598524.

Join a small group for lunch in this popular Norwich restaurant. Lovely surroundings and something for everyone on the menu.

Date:  Sunday 4 March

Time:  12-2pm

Venue:  Bill's Restaurant, Back of the Inns, NR2 1PT

What will you need to bring?  Money for food and drinks

Cost:  Food and drinks cost plus £5 activity support fee (members), or £10 (non-members)

Booking:  Please book and pay activity support fees by 22 February.  Maximum number – eight places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Join in an exclusive BUILD Charity hosted trampolining party for people with disabilities including music and light show.  Think of it as our famous Fuse Parties – on a trampoline!

Date: Monday 5 March

Time: 5.30-7pm.  Bounce session runs from 6-7pm, but you must be there at least 15 minutes before for booking in and safety briefing.

Venue: Gravity Trampoline Park, Riverside, Norwich

What will you need to bring? Loose fitting comfortable clothes, money for refreshments

Cost:  £7.50 entry plus £1 sock hire.  Carers only pay if they bounce.

Booking: Ideally, and to save time on arrival, pre-book on line with Gravity at www.gravity-uk.com or – you can turn up on the night.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

  • Are you 16-25 and want a job?
  • Not in education, employment or training?

The Prince’s Trust Get into Healthcare course, delivered in partnership with East Coast Community Healthcare and James Paget University Hospital, will give you the skills to get ahead.

Meet new people and gain a wide range of practical experiences within the NHS.  We’ll also help you with your CV and interview skills.  Not only will it boost your confidence and employability skills, but you’ll also have the chance to benefit from support from one of our mentors to help you uncover your next steps.

  • All training provided
  • Travel expenses paid on programme
  • Doesn't affect your benefits
  • Boost employability skills
  • Up to six months mentoring support

Dates: 5 March - 13 April

Interviews: Week commencing 29 January

Venue:  East Coast Community Healthcare, Lowestoft

Cost:  Free

For more information or to join the course: call for free: 0800 842 842 or TEXT 'CALL ME' to: 07983 385418.

Option 1:  Meet at the Queen of the Iceni Wetherspoon’s at 5.30pm for pre-bowling dinner

Option 2: Meet at the Hollywood Bowl at 6.20pm to play two games of ten pin bowling

Date:  Tuesday 6 March

Time: 5.30-8pm.  Choose from either Option 1 or Option 2 above.

Venue: See above

What will you need to bring?  Money for bowling (£5.80) and for food and drink.

Cost:  Food and bowling cost plus £5 BUILD members or £10 non-members activity support fee

Booking:  Please book and pay activity support fees by 24 February.  Maximum number of 16 places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

A nightclub party night with music, bar and dancing, specifically aimed at people with disabilities, their friends, families and supporters.

Entry for those aged 16 and over, proof of age on entry may be required.

Date:  Thursday 8 March

Time:  6.30-9pm

Venue:  Dr Thirsty Club and Lounge, 22 -24 Norfolk Street, Kings Lynn

What will you need to bring?  Money for drinks at the bar.  Dress to impress.

Cost:  £4 entry for people with disabilities with up to two carers/supporters per person getting free entry

Booking:  No need to book – just turn up and pay on the door

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Join the BUILD Charity Roadshow team on their stand at the Family Voice Conference promoting the services offered to people with disabilities. Learn marketing and promotion skills and find out about a range of other services on offer locally.

Bus buddies from Norwich on request.

Date:  Saturday 10 March

Time:  10.30am-12.30pm

Venue:  The Family Voice Conference, John Innes Centre, Norwich

Cost:  £5 activity support fee (members), or £10 (non-members)

Booking:  Please book and pay activity support fees by 28 February. Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Audio-described performances are delivered live during a performance via headsets available from the Welcome Point.  Booking in the front stalls is recommended.

A BSL interpreter will also stand on the stage and give a signed interpretation of the text sung or spoken by the actors and singers on the stage.  The signer will usually stand stage left.  Booking in the centre front stalls is recommended.

During a captioned performance there will be caption units displaying spoken or sung words as they are delivered on stage.  It’s best to avoid the front three rows when booking to view the captions comfortably.

Date and time:  Saturday 10 March at 2.30pm

Venue:  Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Top price seats at all performances are half price for those registered blind or partially sighted and this concession is offered to one companion.  For details please ask at the Box Office (01603) 630000.

If you would like to receive a Braille, big print or audio brochure posted to you every time they are released, please contact Jo Ross at j.ross@theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call (01603) 598524.

This month we will be back at our cottage garden, working on planting for the upcoming spring time and doing some general maintenance.

Date:  Sunday 11 March

Time:  11am-12.30pm

Venue: BUILD Cottage Garden

What will you need to bring?  Old clothes and gardening gloves

Cost:  £5 activity support fee (members), or £10 (non-members)

Booking:  Please pay activity support fees by 1 March.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Join in an exclusive BUILD Charity hosted trampolining party for people with disabilities including music and light show.  Think of it as our famous Fuse Parties – on a trampoline!

Date: Monday 12 March

Time: 5.30-7pm.  Bounce session runs from 6-7pm, but you must be there at least 15 minutes before for booking in and safety briefing.

Venue: Gravity Trampoline Park, Riverside, Norwich

What will you need to bring? Loose fitting comfortable clothes, money for refreshments

Cost:  £7.50 entry plus £1 sock hire.  Carers only pay if they bounce.

Booking: Ideally, and to save time on arrival, pre-book on line with Gravity at www.gravity-uk.com or – you can turn up on the night.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

This month, by popular choice of our members, we’ll be visiting Chiquito for a Mexican feast! Join us and enjoy some classic Mexican street food, included fajitas, tacos and empanadas.

Date:  Thursday 15 March

Time:  7-9.30pm

Venue: Chiquito, Riverside Retail Park, Wherry Street, Norwich NR1 1WZ

What will you need to bring?  Money for meal and drinks

Cost:  Food and drinks cost, plus £5 activity support fee (members) or £10 (non-members)

Booking:  Please book and pay activity support fees by 5 March.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Wroxham Barns is an award-winning visitor attraction in the Norfolk countryside.  There’s so much to see and do, including the Junior Farm where you can visit the animals and groom, cuddle and feed them!

We will be catching a bus from Norwich and sharing taxis from the bus stop to the barns – same on return.

Bus buddies from Norwich for all.

Date: Saturday 17 March

Time:  10am-5pm

Venue:  Wroxham Barns, Tunstead Road, Hoveton, Norwich, NR12 8QU

What will you need to bring?  Comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing, money for food and refreshments, money or bus pass for travel – bus and taxi

Cost:  Admission to Junior Farm £6.50, 50p for bags of animal feed, money for lunch/refreshments, money for travel, plus £5 activity support fee (members), or £10 (non-members)

Booking:  Please book and pay activity support fees by 7 March.  Maximum number of 12 places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Audio described performances are delivered live during a performance via headsets available from the Welcome Point.  Booking in the front stalls is recommended.

A BSL interpreter will also stand on the stage and give a signed interpretation of the text sung or spoken by the actors and singers on the stage.  The signer will usually stand stage left.  Booking in the centre front stalls is recommended.

During a captioned performance there will be caption units displaying spoken or sung words as they are delivered on stage.  It’s best to avoid the front three rows when booking to view the captions comfortably.

Date and time:  Saturday 17 March at 2.30pm

Venue:  Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Top price seats at all performances are half price for those registered blind or partially sighted and this concession is offered to one companion.  For details please ask at the Box Office (01603) 630000.

If you would like to receive a Braille, big print or audio brochure posted to you every time they are released, please contact Jo Ross at j.ross@theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call (01603) 598524.

Join a small group for a gentle walk along the river and admire the riverside coming back to life after winter.  Refreshments at The Red Lion.

Date:  Sunday 18 March

Time:  1-3pm

Venue:  Meet at Norwich Railway Station

What will you need to bring?  Money/bus pass for travel, plus money for refreshments

Cost:  Money for food and drinks, plus £5 activity support fee (members), or £10 (non-members)

Booking:  Please book and pay activity support fees by 8 March. Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Join in an exclusive BUILD Charity hosted trampolining party for people with disabilities including music and light show.  Think of it as our famous Fuse Parties – on a trampoline!

Date: Monday 19 March

Time: 5.30-7pm.  Bounce session runs from 6-7pm, but you must be there at least 15 minutes before for booking in and safety briefing.

Venue: Gravity Trampoline Park, Riverside, Norwich

What will you need to bring? Loose fitting comfortable clothes, money for refreshments

Cost:  £7.50 entry plus £1 sock hire.  Carers only pay if they bounce.

Booking: Ideally, and to save time on arrival, pre-book on line with Gravity at www.gravity-uk.com or – you can turn up on the night.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Option 1:  Meet at the Queen of the Iceni Wetherspoon’s at 5.30pm for pre-bowling dinner

Option 2: Meet at the Hollywood Bowl at 6.20pm to play two games of ten pin bowling

Date:  Tuesday 20 March

Time: 5.30-8pm.  Choose from either Option 1 or Option 2 above.

Venue: See above

What will you need to bring?  Money for bowling (£5.80) and for food and drink.

Cost:  Food and bowling cost plus £5 BUILD members or £10 non-members activity support fee

Booking:  Please book and pay activity support fees by 10 March.  Maximum number of 16 places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Join us for afternoon tea in the lovely surroundings of the Norwich Castle – if the weather is good we will have an Easter egg hunt in the Castle Gardens beforehand.

Date:  Saturday 24 March

Time:  1.30-3.30pm

Venue:  Meet at the entrance on Castle Meadow, NR1 3JU

What will you need to bring?  Money for afternoon tea

Cost:  Money for food/refreshments, plus £5 activity support fee (members), or £10 (non-members)

Booking:  Please book and pay activity support fees by 14 March.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Mainstream cinema showings change regularly so we will not know the film on offer until about a week before.  Register interest and confirm attendance once we send you the details of the film we are going to see.

Date:  Sunday 25 March

Time:  Meeting during the afternoon

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

What will you need to bring?  Admission £9.49 (pay at venue).  Money for refreshments.

Cost:  Admission and refreshments plus £5 activity support fee (members) or £10 (non-members)

Booking:  Please book and pay activity support fees by 15 March.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Join in an exclusive BUILD Charity hosted trampolining party for people with disabilities including music and light show.  Think of it as our famous Fuse Parties – on a trampoline!

Date: Monday 26 March

Time: 5.30-7pm.  Bounce session runs from 6-7pm, but you must be there at least 15 minutes before for booking in and safety briefing.

Venue: Gravity Trampoline Park, Riverside, Norwich

What will you need to bring? Loose fitting comfortable clothes, money for refreshments

Cost:  £7.50 entry plus £1 sock hire.  Carers only pay if they bounce.

Booking: Ideally, and to save time on arrival, pre-book on line with Gravity at www.gravity-uk.com or – you can turn up on the night.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

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

Date:  Tuesday 27 March

Time:  5.30-7.45pm.  Choose from either Option 1 or Option 2 above.

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

What will you need to bring?  Money for bowling (£5.90) and for food and drink

Cost:  Food and bowling cost plus £5 activity support fee (members) or £10 (non-members)

Booking:  Please book and pay activity support fees by 17 March.  Maximum number of eight places.

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

A nightclub party night with music, bar and dancing, specifically aimed at people with disabilities, their friends, families and supporters.

Entry for those aged 16 and over, proof of age on entry may be required.

Date:  Thursday 29 March

Time:  6:30-9pm

Venue:  Mercy, Prince of Wales Road, Norwich

What will you need to bring?  Money for drinks at the bar

Cost:  £4 entry for people with disabilities, with up to two carers/supporters per person getting free entry

Booking:  No need to book – just turn up and pay on the door

Further details:  BUILD is a Norfolk-based independent registered charity providing social, leisure and learning opportunities to people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk, email info@buildcharity.co.uk or telephone 01603 618029 for more information.

Audio-described performances are delivered live during a performance via headsets available from the Welcome Point.  Booking in the front stalls is recommended.

A BSL interpreter will also stand on the stage and give a signed interpretation of the text sung or spoken by the actors and singers on the stage.  The signer will usually stand stage left.  Booking in the centre front stalls is recommended.

During a captioned performance there will be caption units displaying spoken or sung words as they are delivered on stage.  It’s best to avoid the front three rows when booking to view the captions comfortably.

Date and time:  Saturday 31 March at 2.30pm

Venue:  Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Top price seats at all performances are half price for those registered blind or partially sighted and this concession is offered to one companion.  For details please ask at the Box Office (01603) 630000.

If you would like to receive a Braille, big print or audio brochure posted to you every time they are released, please contact Jo Ross at j.ross@theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call (01603) 598524.

Coming soon for Easter…

  • Wizard Academy
  • Radio Daze
  • Pop Party
  • Day in the Life of... (film making)
  • ... and much more besides!

Venue:  OPEN Youth Trust 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF

Cost and bookings:  £30 per person plus booking fee.  Spaces are limited and some bursary places are available.  All activities are suitable for all abilities and ages 7-12.  For more information call 01603 252110 or email activities@opennorwich.org.uk.  To book a place go to www.opennorwich.org.uk.

A special disco for Easter run by the Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB).  Join in the fun and enjoy hot cross buns and chocolate to celebrate the holiday weekend!

NNAB’s ‘YoungEyes’ group aims to provide support, friendship, advice and fun activities for vision-impaired children and young people under 18 years old and their families in Norfolk.  They also have a special group for under 5s (Rainbow Sparks) and their own sensory play room.

As part of the support network in Norfolk they work very closely with the Virtual School Sensory Support and other local organisations, sharing training and ideas and working together on projects and events.

Date and time:  Saturday 7 April at 2pm

Venue:  The Bradbury Activity Centre (NNAB), Beckham Place, Norwich NR3 3DZ

Further information:  Please call Dorothy Bowen, ‘YoungEyes’ Co-ordinator at NNAB, on 01603 629558 for information about all events and activities, or email dorothybowen@nnab.org.uk. Please note - places are limited for the digital music workshop so if you are interested contact Dorothy to book a place.

Audio-described performances are delivered live during a performance via headsets available from the Welcome Point.  Booking in the front stalls is recommended.

A BSL interpreter will also stand on the stage and give a signed interpretation of the text sung or spoken by the actors and singers on the stage.  The signer will usually stand stage left.  Booking in the centre front stalls is recommended.

During a captioned performance there will be caption units displaying spoken or sung words as they are delivered on stage.  It’s best to avoid the front three rows when booking to view the captions comfortably.

Date and time:  Saturday 14 April at 2.30pm

Venue:  Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Top price seats at all performances are half price for those registered blind or partially sighted and this concession is offered to one companion.  For details please ask at the Box Office (01603) 630000.

If you would like to receive a Braille, big print or audio brochure posted to you every time they are released, please contact Jo Ross at j.ross@theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call (01603) 598524.

Signalong is a system of signs based on British Sign Language which is designed to help people with communication difficulties to understand and express their needs, choices and desires.

This Signalong Foundation Training course will teach participants all the skills necessary to gain access to the entire Signalong vocabulary.

This is a six week course and participants will be expected to attend all sessions.

Dates (Wednesdays):

  • 18 April
  • 25 April
  • 2 May
  • 10 May
  • 16 May
  • 23 May

Time:  9.30–12.30pm

Venue:  Park View Resource Centre, Birch Tree Close, King’s Lynn, PE30 5QD

Cost:  £85 which includes an Adult Learning Disability Core Vocabulary Manual and a Signalong Certificate.  Participants will be invoiced for the fee.

Booking:  Please book by 13 April

For more information or to book please contact Tina Allen (Communication Development Worker) - 01553 666680 or email tina.allen@nchc.nhs.uk.

Audio-described performances are delivered live during a performance via headsets available from the Welcome Point.  Booking in the front stalls is recommended.

A BSL interpreter will also stand on the stage and give a signed interpretation of the text sung or spoken by the actors and singers on the stage.  The signer will usually stand stage left.  Booking in the centre front stalls is recommended.

During a captioned performance there will be caption units displaying spoken or sung words as they are delivered on stage.  It’s best to avoid the front three rows when booking to view the captions comfortably.

Date and time:  Saturday 21 April at 2.30pm

Venue:  Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Top price seats at all performances are half price for those registered blind or partially sighted and this concession is offered to one companion.  For details please ask at the Box Office (01603) 630000.

If you would like to receive a Braille, big print or audio brochure posted to you every time they are released, please contact Jo Ross at j.ross@theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call (01603) 598524.

VICTA, the support organisation for families of vision-impaired children, is running a spring family weekend at Norwich Lakes Activity Centre for children aged 5 to 17 and their immediate families.  The theme is ‘VICTA On Safari’.

The centre set over 65 acres near Norwich boasts an exciting range of water sports plus 25 land based outdoor pursuits.

Activities on offer include paddle boarding, canoeing, high ropes, archery, caving, and rock climbing, as well as a themed party night with a fancy dress competition and prizes up for grabs!

Dates:  Friday 4 May to Monday 7 May

Venue:  Norfolk Lakes Activity Centre Quarry Lane, Lyng, Norwich NR9 5RS

Cost:  £50 contribution per person (welcome price for new families £35 per person)

Bookings and further information:  Go to the VICTA website for full details and an application form (including parent consent form) – closing date Tuesday 20 February. Or you can call 01908 240831 or email activities@victa.org.uk.