Things to do for children and young people with SEND

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

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

Join the Disability Real Action Group of Norfolk (DRAGON) and use your voice.

If you are a young person with a disability aged 11-25 and think you might be interested in joining a group which:

  • helps people to access and be involved in their community services
  • takes part in big decisions which affect the services people use
  • is a voice for people with disabilities
  • reviews leisure venues, clubs and other facilities
  • helps people make friends and have lots of fun…
  • makes real change happen…

…get in touch!

Call Sarah Harrison, DRAGON Project Lead, on 01603 627662 or 07795576983 or email dragons.project@outlook.com to find out more.

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.

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:

  • Thursday 13 September 2018, 11am-2.30pm
  • Thursday 8 November 2018, 11am-2.30pm
  • Thursday 17 January 2019, 11am-2.30pm

Lunch and drinks provided.

Venue:  The Garage, 14 Chapelfield North, Norwich NR2 1NY

Booking:  To secure your place, please email Mencap Parminder.Singh@mencap.org.uk or rachael.scott@mencap.org.uk.

From 17 September new theatre and music classes for those with a learning difficulty or disability start at The Garage, alongside existing contemporary dance and wheelchair dance classes.

No previous experience required.  If you love performing, want to express yourself and meet new people, check out The Garage’s website at www.thegarage.org.uk/specialist.

Dates, times and costs:

Theatre (12 years old and over)

  • Tuesdays 5-6pm, £78 per 12 week term

Theatre (16 years old and over)

  • Tuesdays 6-7.30pm, £117 per 12 week term

Contemporary Dance (12 years old and over)

  • Thursdays 5.45-6.45pm, £78 per 12 week term

Contemporary Dance ‘D4Dance’ by invitation only (16 years old and over)

  • Thursdays 6.45-8.15pm, £117 per 12 week term

Wheelchair Dance (10 years old and over)

  • Thursdays 5-6pm, £78 per 12 week term

Music (12 years old and over)

  • Fridays 5-6pm, £78 per 12 week term

Music (16 years old and over)

  • Fridays 6-7.30pm, £117 per 12 week term

Venue:  The Garage, 14 Chapelfield North, Norwich NR2 1NY

Bookings:  Please call 01603 283382

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

There is a free taster session on Tuesday 23 October (10-11am) - contact the theatre for details!

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 (community participation manager) at the Theatre Royal for details at s.patel@theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or phone 01603 598622.

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

Dates:

  • Tuesday 2 October
  • Tuesday 16 October
  • Tuesday 6 November
  • Tuesday 20 November
  • Tuesday 4 December
  • Tuesday 18 December

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

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 ten days beforehand. 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.  Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Enjoy sampling a variety of international foods each month at a different Norwich restaurant and learning about other countries’ cuisines.

Date, times and venues:

  • Hungary - Thursday 18 October, 6.30-9pm at Goulash House, 31 St Stephens Road, Norwich NR1 3SP
  • Italy - Thursday 15 November, 7-9.30pm at Trattoria Rustica, 20 Princes Street Norwich NR3 1AE
  • Japan - Thursday 20 December, 7-9.30pm at Wagamama’s, 408 Chapelfield Plain, Norwich NR2 1SZ

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 ten days beforehand. 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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

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 25 October
  • Thursday 29 November
  • Thursday 21 December (Christmas Party)

Time:  6.30-9pm

Venue:  The Waterfront, 131-144 King Street, Norwich NR1 21QH

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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

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

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

Dates:

  • Sunday 28 October
  • Sunday 25 November
  • Sunday 30 December

Time:  To be confirmed – matinee screening

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

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

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

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 2 games of ten pin bowling.

Dates:

  • Tuesday 30 October
  • Tuesday 27 November
  • Tuesday 18 December

Time:  5.30-7.45pm. Choose from either Option 1 or Option 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 ten days beforehand. Maximum number of eight places.

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

Fully inclusive monthly cycling activity sessions run by Active Norfolk, suitable for disabled groups or disabled individuals (16 years and over) and their carers.

  • Fun and sociable
  • Meet new people
  • A great way to reduce stress
  • Seven new adapted bikes and trikes to try
  • Carers and all family members welcome!

Only £1.50 per person.

Dates and times:

First Wednesday of the month, 11.40am-1pm

  • 7 November
  • 5 December
  • 2 January
  • 6 February
  • 6 March
  • 3 April

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

Further information:  Visit www.activenorfolk.org/disability or contact Ellen Vanlint at Active Norfolk at ellen.vanlint@activenorfolk.org or 01603 731566.

For all vision-impaired little ones under 5, Rainbow Sparks, run by the Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind, 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.  Monthly group meetings are normally on the fourth Thursday of the month.

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

Dates:

  • Thursday 22 November
  • Thursday 24 January
  • Thursday 28 February
  • Thursday 28 March
  • Thursday 25 April

Times:  10.30am-12noon

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.

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.

Kings’s Lynn Anime and Gaming meetings take place on the first Thursday of every month from 6 December.

Games on the PS4 and Switch 6.15-7pm, Anime 7-7.45pm, Toradora and Megalo Box.

The cost is £3 entry.  Due to the age rating the minimum age is 15 years old.

Search ‘King’s Lynn Anime and Gaming’ on Facebook for more information.

Venue:  Meeting House, 38 Bridge Street, King’s Lynn PE30 5AB.

Aged 16-25 and not in education, employment or training? Interested in engineering and want to build a racing car?

This one-week training programme in King’s Lynn run by The Prince’s Trust might be for you!

  • Learn about racing car technology and engineering
  • Gain an AQA qualification in design
  • Race your car in a series of time trials
  • Improve your teamwork and communication skills and boost your confidence
  • Receive up to three months support from The Prince’s Trust after the programme

Dates:  Monday 17 to Friday 21 December (interviews to be held during the week commencing 26 November)

Booking:  Limited places are available.  To join the course or find out more, call the Prince's Trust free on 0800 842 842.

Join BUILD for their traditional special Christmas event featuring a reflection on the year gone by in words and pictures, some special guests, some Christmas music and a chance to look back at the year through BUILD’s camera.

Open to all volunteers, beneficiaries, carers and supporters.

No charge – donations welcome.

Date, time and venue:  Wednesday 19 December, 7-9pm at Princes Street United Reformed Church, Norwich NR3 1AZ

Cost and booking:  No need to book for this event – just turn up!

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

Join BUILD for an afternoon of Christmas Craft to make some fun festive goodies, including decorations, cards and wrapping paper.

Come along and enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit – with some hot chocolate and biscuits too!

Date, time and venue:  Saturday 22 December, 12-3pm at BUILD Offices, Church House, Church Alley, Redwell Street, Norwich NR2 4SN

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee). Please pay any fees by 13 December. Maximum number of eight places.

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

Travel by bus from Norwich to Cromer for an afternoon of fun and excitement.

The famous Cromer Pier Variety Show is full of live music, laugh-out-loud comedy, magic tricks, glamorous costumes and much, much more.

Date and time:  Friday 28 December, 12-7pm – matinee performance.  Meet at Norwich Bus Station (waiting room).

Cost and booking:  The cost is £20 for your ticket (to be paid in advance) plus £5 activity support fee for BUILD non-members.  Bring your bus pass, or money for the return bus fare, plus money for sweets, drinks or ice creams. Please book and pay the full cost by 1 November. Maximum number of 14 places.

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

Weekly social club at the Vauxhall Centre in Norwich, featuring arts and crafts, drinks and confectionery, pool table, raffle and Bonus Ball game.  Meets 7-9pm every Wednesday.

  • 2 January - quiz night
  • 9 January - disco and women’s group
  • 16 January - disco and cookery group
  • 23 January - disco and cookery group
  • 30 January - bellydance workshop
  • 6 February - yoga workshop
  • 13 February - disco and women’s group
  • 20 February - disco and cookery group
  • 27 February - disco and cookery group
  • 6 March - special guest performance
  • 13 March - disco and women’s group
  • 20 March - disco and cookery group
  • 27 March - disco and cookery group

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

Cost and booking:  BUILD 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.  Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Join BUILD for this monthly ‘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.

Dates:

  • Thursday 3 January
  • Thursday 7 February
  • Thursday 7 March

Time:  7.30-8.30pm

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

Cost and booking:  Free for the first 12 people who book, £5 per person thereafter in advance (no activity support fee).  Wear loose fitting comfortable clothes, trainers and bring a bottle of water.  Please book by ten days beforehand.  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.  Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

A special performance of Aladdin that is described as ‘relaxed’, particularly suitable for people with autism, or those who might want to ‘pop in and out’ during the performance if staying for the whole show is too much.

BUILD volunteers will be in and outside the auditorium, to make sure that people who may not be used to going to the theatre feel comfortable.

Date, time and venue:  Friday 4 January 2019, 5pm at Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Cost and booking:  £22.50 admission in advance (£20.50 for under 18 or over 60 years old), plus £5 activity support fee for BUILD non-members. Don’t forget to bring money for refreshments. Complimentary tickets for carers. Book and pay admission plus activity support fee by 26 November.

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

Please telephone the box office on 01603 630000 for more details.

Relaxed performance – specially suited for those with autism

  • Friday 4 January at 5.30pm

Audio described performance

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

  • Saturday 5 January at 2.30pm

Signed performance

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

  • Sunday 6 January at 1pm

Captioned performance

During this 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 in order to view the captions comfortably.

  • Sunday 6 January at 5pm

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

Further information:  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 ticketing details please ask at the Theatre Royal box office on 01603 630000.

Join a small group for a fun and relaxed monthly Sunday lunch at a top local restaurant.  ‘Bus Buddies’ from Norwich available.

Dates, times and venues:

  • 6 January, 11.50am-2.30pm at Sugar Beet Eating House Norwich Road, Swainsthorpe NR14 8PU
  • 3 February, 12-2pm at The Unthank Arms, 149 Newmarket Street, Norwich NR2 2DR
  • 3 March, 12-2pm at New Inn, 12 New Inn Hill, Rockland St. Mary, Norwich NR14 7HP

Cost and booking:  Pay for your own meal and drinks and bring money or bus pass for travel. £5 activity support fee for BUILD non-members.  Please book and pay any fees by ten days beforehand. 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.  Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Tennis sessions 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 wellbeing and can be adapted to suit everyone.  Courts, rackets and balls can be adapted for all abilities.

Sundays, 10-11 am:

  • 6 January
  • 27 January
  • 17 February
  • 10 March
  • 31 March
  • 14 April
  • 12 May
  • 26 May

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

Cost and bookings:  £3 per session.  To book call coach Derek Perry 07966 455012 or email derekperry@eatsc.org.uk.

Further information:  Please go to norfolktennis.org/project/inclusive-tennis/

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

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

Dates:

  • 7 January
  • 21 January
  • 4 February
  • 18 February
  • 4 March
  • 18 March

Time:  6.20-7.40pm

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

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

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

Tennis sessions for blind and partially sighted people who want to learn a new skill, get active and have fun!  Open to players of any ability.

The Vision Impaired game is adapted through the use of smaller courts, a lower net, tactile court lines and audible tennis balls.

Tennis is a great way to improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing – you don’t need to be a talented sports person to experience its benefits!

Tuesdays, 2-3pm:

  • 8 January
  • 12 February
  • 12 March
  • 9 April
  • 14 May
  • 11 June
  • 9 July

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

Cost and bookings:  £2 per session.  To book call coach Derek Perry 07966 455012 or email derekperry@eatsc.org.uk.

Further information:  Please go to norfolktennis.org/project/inclusive-tennis/

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

Dates:  

  • Tuesday 8 January
  • Tuesday 22 January
  • Tuesday 5 February
  • Tuesday 19 February
  • Tuesday 5 March
  • Tuesday 19 March

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 ten days beforehand. 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.  Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Nightclub party night in King’s Lynn each month 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.

Dates:

  • Thursday 10 January
  • Thursday 14 February
  • Thursday 14 March

Time:  6.30-9pm

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

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, 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.  Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Tennis sessions for people with learning disabilities, including 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 wellbeing and can be adapted to suit everyone.  Courts, rackets and balls can be adapted for all abilities.

Dates and times:  Every Friday during school term times from 11 January, 4.30-5.30pm

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

Cost and bookings:  £3 per session.  To book call coach Derek Perry 07966 455012 or email derekperry@eatsc.org.uk.

Further information:  Please go to norfolktennis.org/project/inclusive-tennis/

Once again Circus Starr will be bringing the magic of the circus to Norwich with clowns, dancers and aerial acrobats. They have kindly given BUILD free tickets so this event is free of charge for their members.

Date, time and venue:  Saturday 12 January 2019, 1.15-3pm at Hellesdon High School,187 Middleton's Lane, Norwich NR6 5SB

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee). Bring money or bus pass for travel if needed and for refreshments. Please book and pay any fees by 18 December. ‘Bus Buddies’ from Norwich on request. 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. Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Monthly Saturday morning workshop sessions to support independent living skills.

Saturday 12 January - Blues Buster - 10.30am-12.30pm

  • Now that all the fun of Christmas and the New Year celebrations is behind us, this is often a time when we feel a bit lonely and low.  This workshop will explore how to identify those feelings and what we can do to feel better and beat the winter blues!

Saturday 9 February - Keeping in touch - 10.30am-12.30pm

  • Top tips on writing and sending letters, text messages, emails, cards and messages – how to keep them appropriate, timely, and tactful

Saturday 9 March - Beginners First Aid - 10.30am-12.30pm 

  • Some basic tips on what to do if you or someone you find has hurt themselves or is unwell.

Venue:  BUILD Offices, Church House, Church Alley, Redwell Street, Norwich NR2 4SN

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee).  Please pay any fees by ten days beforehand. Maximum number of eight places.

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

Monthly planting and gardening activities centred around the BUILD allotment in Norwich.

Sunday 13 January, 10.30am-12.30pm at Café Bar Marzano, The Forum, Norwich NR2 1TF

  • Meet for a cuppa and a planning meeting to talk about what to plant in spring on the allotment and in the cottage garden. Bring some money for refreshments.

Sunday 10 February, 10.30am-12.30pm at Notcutts Garden Centre, Daniels Road, Norwich NR4 6QP

  • A visit to the nursery where the focus is on indoor plants – where to buy them, how to care for them and what equipment you may need.  Bring money for refreshments in the café if time allows.

Sunday 10 March, 10.30am-12.30pm at BUILD Allotment, Plumstead Road East, Norwich NR2 4SN

  • Back at the allotment this month, working on planting for the upcoming spring time and doing some general maintenance.  Be sure to wear old clothes and gardening gloves.

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee).  Please pay any fees by ten days beforehand. Maximum number of eight places.

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

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

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

Dates:

  • Tuesday 15 January
  • Tuesday 12 February
  • Tuesday 12 March

Time: 7.15-8.15pm

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

Cost and booking:  Free for the first 12 people who book!  Thereafter £5 per person in advance (no activity support fee).  Wear loose fitting comfortable clothes, trainers and bring a bottle of water.  Please book by ten days beforehand.  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.  Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Enjoy sampling a variety of international foods each month at a different Norwich restaurant and learning about other countries’ cuisines.

Date, times and venues:

  • France - Thursday 17 January, 7-9.30pm at Café Rogue, Intu Chapelfield, Merchant’s Hall, Norwich NR2 1SQ
  • India - Thursday 28 February, 7-9.30pm at Ali Tandoori, 9-11 Magdalen Street, Norwich NR3 1LE
  • Mexico - Thursday 21 March, 7-9.30pm at Cocina Restaurant, Unit 2 Timberhill Terrace, Castle Mall, Norwich NR1 3DF

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 ten days beforehand.  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.  Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Public swimming sessions each month 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.

Dates:

  • Saturday 19 January
  • Saturday 16 February
  • Saturday 16 March

Time:  11.30am-1pm

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

Cost and booking:  £5.10 entry (no activity support fee), and don’t forget your swimming costume, towel and a 20p coin for a locker.  Maximum number of eight places.

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

Get out and about with BUILD for a bracing springtime stroll!

  • Wymondham - Sunday 20 January, 12.45-4.15pm - meeting at and returning to Norwich Railway Station – Train Buddies from Norwich for all
  • Norwich Nooks and Crannies (part 3) - Sunday 17 February, 1-3pm approx - meeting at and returning to Norwich City Hall
  • Trowse - Sunday 17 March, 1-4.10pm - meeting at and returning to the Norwich Bus Station – Bus Buddies from Norwich for all

Cost and booking:  Free for BUILD members, £5 for non-members (activity support fee).  Please book and pay any fees by ten days beforehand.  Make sure you wear weather-appropriate footwear and clothing, and bring money (or bus pass) for any travel and for refreshments, and a bottle of water.  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.  Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

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.

Dates:

  • Thursday 24 January
  • Thursday 21 February
  • Friday 29 March

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.  Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Want to try something different? Join BUILD to have a go at rock climbing on the indoor climbing wall at OPEN.  Expert instructors will support you to join in, and it is fully accessible for all abilities.

Date, time and venue:  Saturday 26 January, 11am-1pm at OPEN, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich NR2 4SF

Cost and booking:  £10 for BUILD monthly members plus £5 activity support fee for BUILD non-members.  Make sure you wear suitable clothing (something comfy and suitable for exercise).  Please book and pay by 16 January.  Maximum number of 10 places.

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

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

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

Dates:  

  • Sunday 27 January
  • Sunday 24 February
  • Sunday 31 March

Time:  To be confirmed – matinee screening

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

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

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

Option 1:  Meet at the Bowling Alley for a pre-bowling meal at 5.30pm

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

Dates:  

  • Tuesday 29 January
  • Tuesday 26 February
  • Tuesday 26 March

Time:  5.30-7.45pm. Choose from either Option 1 or Option 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 ten days beforehand. Maximum number of eight places.

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

Are you ready to take aim? Come along and try something different with this exciting archery session at the Eaton Vale Activity Centre!

Fun for all ages and abilities plus the chance to learn new skills.

Date, time and venue:  Saturday 2 February, 1.15-3pm at Eaton Vale Activity Centre, Church Lane, Eaton, Norwich NR4 6NN

Cost and booking:  £6.70 to be paid in advance, plus £5 for non-members (activity support fee).  Please book and pay any fees by 23 January.  Make sure you wear comfortable weather-appropriate clothing for this outdoor activity.  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.  Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

The return of the mighty Big BUILD Quiz for teams of up to four people and a maximum of 15 teams to win a £50 cash prize.

Teams must be booked in advance online on the Eventbrite site.

Full bar facilities on site and parking.  Beneficiaries who wish to take part will need to form a team that includes one BUILD volunteer (3 plus 1), and three teams will be held back for this purpose.

This event is open to anyone, inside and outside of the BUILD Charity, and teams will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Date, time and venue:  Saturday 25 February, 6.30-9.30pm at The Talk, Oak Street, Norwich NR3 3BP

Cost and booking:  £5 per person payable on the door, which will include entry into a prize draw

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

A minibus trip to Aylsham to find out about the Redwings animal sanctuary and meet its residents, including donkeys and horses – with the chance to sponsor one of the animals yourself.

Date, time and venue:  Saturday 2 March, 10.45am-3.30pm at Redwings animal sanctuary, Spa Lane, Aylsham NR11 6UE

Cost and booking:  £5 for BUILD members and carers to cover transport, plus £5 for non-members (activity support fee).  Please book and pay any fees by 20 February.  Make sure you wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear and bring some money for refreshments in the cafe and the gift shop.  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.  Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

Come along and see the Dereham Town Magpies take on the Bury Town Blues!

Meeting at and return to Norwich Bus Station.  Bus Buddies from Norwich for all.

Date, time and venue:  Saturday 23 March, 1.45-6pm (kick off at 3pm) at Dereham Football Club, Norwich Road, Dereham, NR20 3PX

Cost and booking:  £8 ticket at the ground for BUILD members, plus £5 for non-members (activity support fee).  Please book and pay any fees by 13 March.  Make sure you wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring money (or bus pass) for travel.  Maximum number of eight places.

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

Come along and get creative with an array of materials at this exciting workshop opportunity at the Puppet Theatre in Norwich.

Date, time and venue:  Sunday 24 March, 1-3pm at Norwich Puppet Theatre, St James, Whitefriars, Norwich NR3 1TN

Cost and booking:  £10 for BUILD members for the workshop, plus £5 for non-members (activity support fee).  Please book and pay any fees by 14 March.  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.  Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

See the spooky side of Norwich and hear all about the haunted places and ghosts that can be found around Norwich Castle!

This world-famous walk is led by local experts and will take you to many famous places noted for their strange and eerie happenings.  Experience first-hand the unique charm of our historic city, its fine buildings, and its frightful history…

Date, time and venue:  Saturday 30 March, 7.15-9.30pm - meeting place to be confirmed (Norwich Castle area)

Cost and booking:  £7 per person to be paid in advance, plus £5 for BUILD non-members (activity support fee).  Please book and pay any fees by 20 March.  Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing.  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.  Check out their website at www.buildcharity.co.uk.

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

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

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

Dates:  Monday 8 April to Wednesday 10 April

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

Cost:  £70 per person.  There is an initial £35 deposit on booking plus another single payment of £35 required in January.

Further details:  Please go to www.asdhelpinghands.org.uk/easterbreak for more information and to make an online booking.

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