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. 

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.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a truly unique museum and a great day out, whether you want to learn about the lives of Norfolk people in the past or relax and have a fun time with your friends and family.

Visit its 50-acre site and discover:

  • The historic workhouse building (featuring new exhibition galleries exploring ‘Voices from the Workhouse’)
  • The museum of life on the land
  • The traditional farm with rare breed animals
  • The beautiful, unspoilt grounds and an exciting adventure playground

Early openings at the museum are offered on selected dates to children who have autism and other needs, along with their families, carers and siblings. You are welcome to bring anything that will you make you more comfortable, such as assistance dogs, ear defenders or toys. Projections and noises in the museum galleries will be off until 11.00am to allow you to enjoy the galleries in a quiet environment. It is hoped you will stay after this time to explore the site, which closes at 5pm.

Dates:

  • Sunday 29 April
  • Monday 30 July
  • Tuesday 23 October

Venue:

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Gressenhall, Dereham NR20 4DR

Bookings:

Tickets are free but must be pre-booked, and you will receive a visual story via email before the event - go to the art tickets website.

Join in an exclusive BUILD-hosted trampolining party for people with disabilities, including music and light show, every Monday night.

The one-hour Bounce session runs from 6pm, but you must be there at least 15 minutes before for booking in and safety briefing.

Dates:  Mondays from 2 July to 25 September

Time:  5.30pm-7pm

Venue:  Gravity Trampoline Park, Riverside, Norwich NR1 1WT

Cost and booking:

£7.50 entry plus £1 sock hire. Food and drink on sale at venue.  Carers only pay if they bounce. Ideally, and to save time on arrival, please book in advance online at www.gravity-uk.com – or you can just turn up on the night.  Make sure you wear loose fitting comfortable clothes, and bring entry fee and money for refreshments.

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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Weekly social club at the Vauxhall Centre in Norwich, featuring arts and crafts, drinks and confectionery, pool table, raffle and Bonus Ball game.

Dates:

  • 4 July - featuring special guest Sally Medler and presentation on Lingwood Care Farm
  • 11 July - featuring disco and women’s group
  • 18 July - featuring disco and cookery group
  • 25 July - featuring disco and cookery group
  • 1 August - featuring fun with fitness
  • 8 August - featuring disco and women’s group
  • 15 August - featuring disco and cookery group
  • 22 August - featuring disco and BBQ
  • 29 August - featuring indoor games
  • 5 September - featuring special guest presentation (to be announced)
  • 12 September - featuring disco and women’s group
  • 19 September - featuring disco and cookery group
  • 26 September featuring disco and cookery group
Time:  7-9pm each week

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

Cost and booking:

BUILD Monthly members £5, non-members £10. Payable on entry – no need to book, just turn up! Make sure you also bring money to spend in the tuck shop for refreshments.

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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

For children who need a little more… summer activities throughout August, tailored to meet their every individual needs in a calm and tranquil Norfolk setting

Dates:

Mondays to Fridays, from Monday 30 July to 31 Friday 31 August

Venue:

Dandelion Nursery
High Street
Marsham
Near Aylsham
NR10 5AE

Cost:

£45 per day or £200 per week.

Bookings and further details:

Email Dandelion at dandelionsnorfolk@gmail.com or visit www.dandelionsnorfolk.com. Their phone number is 07795 927008.

OPEN in Norwich have organised a wide range of two-day activities during the school holidays which run 10am-3pm and cost £30 (excluding booking fee) for the two days.

Those with places left include:

Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 August

  • Writer's Dream

Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 August

  • Musical Theatre

Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 August

  • Pop Party

Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August

  • Creative Cards
  • Jedi Academy

Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 August

  • The Princess School

Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 August

  • Radio Daze

Thursday 16 and Friday 17 August

  • Discover Mad Science
  • Intermediate Climbing
  • Street Dance Academy

Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 August

  • Fashion Frenzy
  • Wizard Academy
  • Mixed Summer Sports

Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 August

  • Film and Perform

Thursday 23 and Friday 24 August

  • Intermediate Climbing
  • Phenomenal Photography

Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 August

  • Cheerleading Academy

Venue:  OPEN Youth Trust, 28 Castle Meadow, Norwich NR2 4SF, telephone 01603 763111.

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 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.

A week of different activity events for over 12 year olds run by ASD Helping Hands.

Each day is bookable separately, so pick and choose the ones that suit you!

Monday 13 August (9.30am-1.30pm) -  Combat Paint Balling

Tuesday 14 August (11am-2pm) - Gravity and Pizza Hut

Thursday 16 August (11am-4pm) - High Lodge and BBQ

Friday 17 August - Drayton Manor Theme Park Day Trip

Further information:

Contact ASD Helping Hands on 01362 288110, or email asdhelpinghands@gmail.com or lee.gibbons@asdhelpinghands.org.uk.

Do you want an opportunity to improve your British Sign Language and practise conversional signing in a relaxed and informal setting?

Come along to the Locomotion Cafe at The Garage.  Each session is free to attend – just drop in.

All are welcome, regardless of previous experience.

Dates and times:

  • Friday 17 August, 10-11am
  • Friday 14 September, 10-11am
  • Friday 5 October evening ‘Sign & Wine’ session (bar open to purchase your beverage of choice), 7-10pm
  • Friday 12 October, 10-11am
  • Friday 9 November, 10-11am
  • Friday 14 December, 10-11am

Venue:  The Garage, 14 Chapel Field North, Norwich NR2 1NY

Further information:  Please call the Garage on 01603 598646 or 01603 283382.

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 18 August

Time:  11.30am-1pm

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

Cost and booking:  £5.10 entry, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and don’t forget your swimming costume, towel and a 20p coin for a locker.  Please book and pay any fees by 8 August. 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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

A late summer afternoon walk around Marriott’s Way and Sloughbottom Park.

Enjoy seeing more of the Marriott’s Way walk and taking in the delightful surrounds and local wildlife, plus a quick refreshment stop at a historic local pub.

Bus Buddies for Norwich on request.

Date:  Sunday 19 August

Time:  2.10-4.15pm.  Meet at Havers Road bus stop on Drayton Road.

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee).  Please book and pay any fees by 9 August. Make sure you wear weather-appropriate shoes and outdoor wear, and bring money or bus pass for travel.  Maximum number of 12 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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Aged 11-19 and not sure what to do with your life?

Pop Up Enterprises are delivering professional careers advice during August in two local community venues.

Wayland House, High Street, Watton, Thetford, IP25 6AR

  • Monday 20 August and Tuesday 21 August, 10am-4pm

Swaffham Community Centre, The Campingland, Swaffham, PE37 7RB

  • Thursday 23 August, 1.30pm-9pm

Bookings:  Telephone 07565 923866 or email sue@popupenterprises.org.uk – or just drop in on the day.

  • 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 21 August

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

Cost and booking:

£5.80 entry, 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 11 August.  Maximum number of 16 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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Join BUILD on the trail of decorative hare statues around Norwich city centre.  Enjoy seeing all the different designs and finding the hares in unexpected places!

This walk starts and finishes outside The Forum on Millennium Plain.

Date:  Saturday 25 August

Time:  10am-12pm

Cost and booking:  £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee).  Bring weather appropriate clothes as you will be walking outside for a couple of hours, and make sure you bring money for refreshments.  Please pay any fees by 15 August. Maximum number of eight places only.

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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Group outing 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.

Date:  Sunday 26 August

Time:  To be confirmed – afternoon 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 16 August.  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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Join BUILD for a two-day stay at the Trimingham Log Cabin in North Norfolk.  You can stay indoors in a shared room with bunk beds or camp outside in tents (subject to availability).  You will be cooking our own food (indoors and outdoors), spending some time on the beach and visiting local attractions.

Date and times:  Sunday 26 August (10am) to Monday 27 August (5pm)

Meeting place to be confirmed.

Cost and booking:  £45 including transport, accommodation, evening meal, breakfast and lunch.  Please book and pay by 1 August.  Maximum number of seven places.  You will need a sleeping bag and pillow, and are asked to bring a packed lunch for the Sunday.  A full kit list will be sent when you book.

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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk 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 28 August

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

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

Cost and booking:

£5.90 entry, 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 18 August.  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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

This summer Suffolk Owl Sanctuary will be offering free admission to deaf visitors arriving with their families or carers or in organised groups on Thursday 30 August.

A BSL signing interpreter will be in residence to assist visitors.  Throughout the day there will be three displays of owls and other birds of prey flying free as well as two meerkat feeding talks.

The Sanctuary also has a relaxing sensory garden with tactile sculptural seating, water feature and wheelchair friendly ‘touch and smell’ herb garden.  The children’s play area is custom built with wheelchair accessible equipment and tumble safe surface.  All paths are level and tarmac, affording smooth travel for buggies and wheelchairs, and the bird information boards bear braille overlays.

Date:  Thursday 30 August

Time: 10am-4.30pm

Venue:  Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket IP14 6AT

Further information:  If you have any questions or would like to book a group visit, please contact the Sanctuary office on 0345 680 7897.

Nightclub party night in Norwich 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 may be required.

Date:  Thursday 30 August

Time:  6.30-9pm

Venue:  The Waterfront, 131-144 King Street, Norwich NR1 1QH

Cost and booking:

£5 entry for people with disabilities, with up to two carers or supporters per person getting free entry. No need to book, just turn up and pay on the door. Make sure you also bring money for drinks at the bar.

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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Enjoy a great day on the Norfolk Broads with a choice of sailing, canoeing or cruising, supported by the staff and volunteers of the Nancy Oldfield Trust.

Full details of what you need will be supplied when you book.

Date:  Saturday 1 September

Time:  9.30am-5.30pm.  Depart from and return to the Vauxhall Centre, Johnson Place, off Vauxhall Street, Norwich, NR2 2SA

Cost and booking:  £20 for BUILD Monthly members, £25 for non-members (to include activity support fee), and £5 for carers to cover transport.  Price includes transport and two activities.  Please book and pay any fees by 15 August, and bring a packed lunch.  Maximum number of 12 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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Bring your friends, family, and a picnic for BUILD’s Picnic in the Park.

This event is open to BUILD beneficiaries, carers, families, volunteers, and staff. Meet at the Pitch and Putt course end of the park – a space to chill and plan some park games and challenges for all to take part in.

Date:  Sunday 2 September

Time:  12-2pm

Venue:  Eaton Park, South Park Avenue, Norwich NR4 7AZ

Cost and booking:  Please book for this free event by 23 August.  Make sure you bring something to sit on.

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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk 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 4 September

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

Cost and booking:

£5.80 entry, 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 25 August.  Maximum number of 16 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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Join BUILD for this ‘Energise’ fitness session which will include a gentle exercise class for people of all abilities plus a bit of dancing, a bit of stretching and a lot of fun.

Open to people with disabilities, families and carers, BUILD volunteers and staff.

Date:  Thursday 6 September

Time:  7.30-8.30pm

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

Cost and booking:  £5 per person in advance (no activity support fee). Wear loose fitting comfortable clothes, trainers and bring a bottle of water.  Please book by 27 August.  Maximum number of 15 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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Your Own Place 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. Your Own Place are there to take the stress and anxiety out of transition in their lives.

Midweek three-day tenancy courses are offered in Norwich. They’re jam packed with engaging activities, resources and information.

Groups tend not to be bigger than eight.  Free follow-up sessions are offered as well, particularly for those seeking to improve their money skills.

Dates:

  • Tuesday 4 to Thursday 6 September
  • Tuesday 2 to Thursday 4 October
  • Tuesday 30 October to Thursday 1 November
  • Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 November
  • Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 December

Venue:

The Training Flat, 23 Johnson Place, Norwich NR2 2SA

Bookings and further information:

The cost for TILS training is £275 per place.  Go to www.yourownplace.org.uk or phone 01603 611910 to make a referral.

Starting and finishing outside The Forum, work your way around Norwich city centre to find out the places where we might be safe, or not, exploring things we can do to feel more safe, and creating a top tips list of staying safe and what to do, if we don’t feel safe or something happens to us.

Date:  Saturday 8 September

Time:  10.30am-12.30pm.  Meet outside The Forum on Millennium Plain.

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee) . Book and pay and fees by 29 August.  Wear clothing appropriate to the weather forecast.  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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

A free taster session for people with Down’s Syndrome and their families who want to get active, have fun and meet new people!

Tennis is a great way to improve physical and mental health and well-being and can be adapted to suit everyone.  Courts, rackets and balls can be modified for all abilities.

Date and time:  Sunday 9 September, 12-2pm

Venue:

East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club
Lime Tree Road
Norwich
NR2 2NQ

Bookings:  Contact Derek Parry on 07966 455012 or email disability@norfolktennis.org.

Time to check on our plants and make some food from things growing on the BUILD allotment…

Date:  Sunday 9 September

Time:  10.30am-12.30pm

Venue:  BUILD Allotment, Plumstead Road East, Norwich (close to NR7 9XN)

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee).  Please book and pay any fees by 30 August.  Make sure you wear old clothes and bring gardening gloves. 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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Come along to one of Norwich’s newest gym and fitness centres, where fitness coaches will support a fun activity session to improve physical health at a pace to suit you.

Open to people with disabilities, families and carers, BUILD volunteers and staff.

Date:  Tuesday 11 September

Time:  7.15-8.15pm

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

Cost and booking:  £5 per person in advance (no activity support fee). Wear loose fitting comfortable clothes and trainers and make sure you bring a bottle of water.  Please book by 1 September. Maximum number of 15 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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

A free non-clinical introduction to contraception, abortion and reproductive rights run by the Terrence Higgins Trust Norfolk.

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify male and female external genital and internal reproductive anatomy
  • Describe key facts about fertility and menstruation
  • Recognise the types of contraception available
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of the most commonly used forms of contraception
  • List the services where people can access contraception and emergency hormonal contraception
  • Distinguish between opinions, myths and facts regarding abortion
  • Compare reproductive rights in the UK with those abroad

Date and time:  Tuesday 11 September, 10am-4pm

Venue:  Independence Matters, 120 Ipswich Road, Norwich NR4 6QS.

Tea/coffee available but no lunch provided, so please make your own arrangements.

Bookings:  Please email norfolksexualhealth@tht.org.uk to book your place.

Anyone with a learning disability is welcome to join Mencap’s community support group in Norwich.

Your chance to have your say about things that matter to you, have fun and make a difference!

Dates and times:

  • Tuesday 11 September 2018, 11am-2.30pm
  • Tuesday 6 November 2018, 11am-2.30pm
  • Tuesday 15 January 2019, 11am-2.30pm

Lunch and drinks provided.

Venue:  The Union Building (Meeting Room 1), 51-59 Rose Lane, Norwich NR1 1BY

Booking:  To secure your place, please email Mencap emily.flores-gutierrez@mencap.org.uk.

Volunteer tenancy mentors for young people aged 16-25 are being recruited across Norfolk by Your Own Place, who are offering free training over two days.

Mentors complement other support workers or social workers.  They are aged 21 and over and are from all backgrounds, someone whom a young person can turn to for help, informal support, money skills guidance, goal setting – or just someone to chat to when they are moving to independence.

As a mentor you will acquire:

  • New skills, confidence and a peer network just for you!
  • A volunteering opportunity in your local community
  • That great feeling from helping a young person who really needs your support

Locations, dates and times:

All sessions run from 10am-4pm.

  • Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 September in Lowestoft
  • Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 September in Bury St Edmunds
  • Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 September in Ipswich
  • Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 October in Norwich
  • Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 October in Stowmarket
  • Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 November in Ipswich
  • Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 December in Norwich

More information:  Please get in touch with Rebecca White at rebecca@yourownplace.org.uk, on 01603 611910 or 07530 028446, or go to www.yourownplace.org.uk.

Nightclub party night in King’s Lynn 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 may be required.

Date:  Thursday 13 September

Time:  6.30-9pm

Venue:  Dr Thirsty’s Club & Lounge, 22-24 Norfolk Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1AN

Cost and booking:

£4 entry for people with disabilities, with up to two carers or supporters per person getting free entry.  No need to book, just turn up and pay on the door.  Make sure you also bring money for drinks at the bar, and dress to impress.

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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

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 15 September

Time:  11.30am-1pm

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

Cost and booking:  £5.10 entry, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee), and don’t forget your swimming costume, towel and a 20p coin for a locker.  Please book and pay any fees by 5 September.  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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

A city centre walk to take in some of the amazing history that Norwich has to offer – a chance to explore some of the city’s tucked away places and oldest buildings, with a refreshment stop along the way.

Date:  Sunday 16 September

Time:  2-4.15pm.  Meet at and return to Norwich City Hall.

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee). Please book and pay any fees by 6 September.  Make sure you wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear, and bring money for refreshments.  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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

A celebration of disabled people and the diversity of our community.

This free event, organised by Equal Lives, will showcase local artists, performers and speakers, thus highlighting skills and abilities of disabled people and challenging negative stereotypes.

There will be a marketplace bringing together individuals, groups and businesses to engage with disabled people, opening up conversations and opportunities to develop inclusive services and activities.

You can find out about the day’s events on the Equal Lives website.

There will also be additional events running during the weeks either side of the main event in support of Disability Pride.

Date and time:  Sunday 16 September, 10am-4pm

Venue:  The Forum, Millennium Place, Norwich NR2 1TF

A fun and exciting event organised by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk in conjunction with Jobcentre Plus – seeking to turn disability into ability and promote support for those in West Norfolk in need of signposting or guidance to change direction.

Come and enjoy live music, information speed dating, music request spot, free raffle, advice on looking and feeling good, and much, much more!

Date:  Tuesday 18 September

Times:  10am-4pm (with a sensory hour 3-4pm)

Venue:  The Alive Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn PE30 1JW

Further information:  Please contact either Cllr Sue Fraser at cllr.susan.fraser@west-norfolk.gov.uk or Susanne Johnson at susanne.johnson@dwp.gsi.gov.uk who will be happy to help.

  • 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 18 September

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

Cost and booking:

£5.80 entry, 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 8 September.  Maximum number of 16 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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Enjoy the tastes of Portugal this month, right here in Norwich!

Try some of Nando’s famous peri-peri chicken or choose from the wide variety of wraps, burgers, sides and desserts on offer.

Date:  Thursday 20 September

Time:  7-9.30pm

Venue:  Nando’s, Red Lion Street, Norwich NR1 3QF

Cost and booking:  Pay for your own meal and drinks. £5 activity support fee for BUILD non-members.  Please book and pay any fees by 10 September. 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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

A chance for 12 to 18 year olds to take part in playful games, learn new theatre skills and work together in an inclusive, friendly and supportive space at Norwich Theatre Royal.

Theatre of Possibility encourages communication and inspires confidence. It is a place where young people can relax and be themselves while meeting new people and having fun.

These sessions are suited for young people who have autism spectrum conditions, their siblings and their friends.  Familiarisation visits and a short tour of Stage Two’s facilities can be arranged in advanced.

Dates and times:

  • Thursday 20 September to Thursday 29 November, 5-6.30pm
  • Thursday 17 January to Thursday 28 March, 5.6.30pm

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

Cost:  £80 per 10-week term (with break for half term).

Further information:  Please contact Sam Patel (participation manager) at the Theatre Royal at s.patel@theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk, or to book call the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01603 630000, or visit ntr.org.uk/TOP

Come and join this coach trip to enjoy the thrills and excitement of Pleasurewood Hills!

With over 35 rides, attractions and shows, there’s sure to be something for everyone at this popular Lowestoft theme park.

Date:  Saturday 22 September

Time:  11am-5pm.  Meeting place to be confirmed.

Cost and booking:  £5 for BUILD Monthly members, £10 for non-members (to include activity support fee), and £5 for carers to cover transport.  Please book and pay any fees by 12 September.  Wear comfortable shoes, and bring money for tickets (£20), food and drink, or bring a packed lunch. Maximum number of 20 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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk 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 25 September

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

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

Cost and booking:

£5.90 entry, 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 15 September.  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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Nightclub party night in Norwich 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 may be required.

Date:  Thursday 27 September

Time:  6.30-9pm

Venue:  The Waterfront, 131-144 King Street, Norwich NR1 1QH

Cost and booking:

£5 entry for people with disabilities, with up to two carers or supporters per person getting free entry. No need to book, just turn up and pay on the door. Make sure you also bring money for drinks at the bar.

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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Enjoy a day of exploring Banham Zoo and all the wonderful animal experiences it has to offer.  See the big cats, giraffes, meerkats, penguins, and much, much more!

Date:  Saturday 29 September

Time:  10am-5pm.  Depart from and return to the Vauxhall Centre, Johnson Place, off Vauxhall Street, Norwich, NR2 2SA

Cost and booking:  £5 for BUILD Monthly members, £10 for non-members (to include activity support fee), and £5 for carers to cover transport.  Please book and pay any fees by 19 September.  Bring money for entry (adult ticket £18.10, registered disabled £9.10, registered carer £9.10) and refreshments, and a packed lunch.  Wear comfortable shoes.  Maximum number of 12 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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more information.

Group outing 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.

Date:  Sunday 30 September

Time:  To be confirmed – afternoon 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 20 September.  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.  Visit www.buildcharity.co.uk for more 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 Foundation Training course teaches participants all the skills necessary to gain access to the entire Signalong vocabulary.

Dates and times:  Fridays, 9.30am-12.30pm from 5 October - 16 November (half term 26 October - no session)

Venue:  Dereham Hospital, Northgate, Dereham NR19 2EX

Cost:  The course fee is £85 which includes an Adult Learning Disability Core Vocabulary Manual and a Signalong Certificate.  Participants will be expected to attend all six sessions.

Booking: Contact Tina Allen (West Norfolk community learning disability team) at tina.allen@nchc.nhs.uk or telephone 01553 666680 for a booking form, which needs to be completed by 28 September.

A new mythical play with songs, negotiating ancient and new territories in trans-masculine gender and identity.

This show drops a proverbial bull into a china shop and hopes it breaks everything…

Written and directed by Lucy J Skilbeck.

For 12 year olds and over.

Date and time:  Tuesday 9 October at 7.30pm (captioned)

Cost and bookings:  Tickets are £12.50 and £8.50.  Please call 01603 598646 or go to www.thegarage.org.uk to book online.

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 Foundation Training course teaches participants all the skills necessary to gain access to the entire Signalong vocabulary.

Dates and times:  Tuesdays, 9.30am-12.30pm from 9 October - 20 November (half term 23 October - no session)

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

Cost:  The course fee is £85 which includes an Adult Learning Disability Core Vocabulary Manual and a Signalong Certificate.  Participants will be expected to attend all six sessions.

Booking: Contact Tina Allen (West Norfolk community learning disability team) at tina.allen@nchc.nhs.uk or telephone 01553 666680 for a booking form, which needs to be completed by 28 September.

Everyone is invited to visit Your Own Place to find out a little bit more about what they do at the Training Flat in Norwich.

They'd love you to pop in for a slice of cake and chat about working together.  Admission is free – just turn up!

Date:  Wednesday 17 October

Time:  10am-4pm

Venue:  23 Johnson Place, Norwich, NR2 2SA

Further information:  Contact Rebecca White at rebecca@yourownplace.org.uk, on 01603 611910 or 07530 028446

A new play by Bruntwood Prize winner Anna Jordan with integrated British Sign Language and captioning.

G and Kayla’s lives are a mess but tonight they’re determined to Have It Large.  As their veins course with adrenaline and cheap prosecco we follow them on an epic journey through thirty years of pop.

Date and time:  Tuesday 6 November at 7.30pm

Cost and bookings:  Tickets are £12.50 and £8.50. Please call 01603 598646 or go to www.thegarage.org.uk to book online.

All-In Productions and The Garage embark on this Christmas pantomime together, following the success of last year’s smash hit Little Red Riding Hood.

Jack and the Beansprout has been created especially for young children aged 2-5.and their families in a relaxed setting.  It re-imagines the classic fairy story by putting the audience at the centre of the action.

This production will have you singing, dancing and playing with Jack, his mother and Daisy the cow throughout their magical adventure.

Dates and times:  Friday 30 November to Saturday 5 January at 10.15am, 1.15pm and 3.15pm (times vary), including BSL interpreted, audio described and relaxed performances.

Cost and booking: Tickets are £12.50 adult, £7.50 child.  Please call 01603 598646 or go to www.thegarage.org.uk to book online.  To book for relaxed performances please contact The Garage directly on 01603 283382.

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