Here you will find ideas for accessible leisure activities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families.
These include leisure services that support children and young people with SEND as well as universal services that can be accessed by anyone. Get Active London is a good source of information about activities and sports clubs right across London; you can filter the activities by physical impairment, visual impairment, mental health, learning disability or hearing impairment to find activities accessible for your family. Parasport has a great directory of sports clubs for those with a disability. Read on to find out more about organisations that provide accessible leisure and sport acitivities.
Disability sport organisations
British Paralympic Association (BPA)
A registered charity responsible for selecting, funding and managing Britain's teams at the Paralympic Games and Paralympic Winter Games. They also operate talent identification days to find the disabled sporting stars of the future.
Boccia is a sport designed for athletes with severe impairments.
CP Sport England and Wales
CP Sport promotes and seeks to increase sport and physical recreational opportunities for disabled people, especially those with cerebral palsy.
Disability Snowsport UK
Opportunities for disabled people to take part in snowsports.
Doing Sport Differently
A guide to exercise and fitness for people living with disability or health conditions.
Find a club near you.
International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS)
Founders of the original Paralympic Games and organisers of international sporting events for disabled people.
Wheelpower (formerly British Wheelchair Sports Foundation)
Wheelpower organises and supports wheelchair sports at all levels, putting on events for junior, senior and rehabilitation purposes.
Barnet's six leisure centres have been awarded the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) Award that demonstrates a pledge to ensure that our leisure centres fully embrace all members of community. A weekly inclusive programme is co-ordinated within the centres, in addition to a 'Better Inclusive' monthly membership. The Camden Better Leisure Centres also provide lots of great opportunities for people with disabilities to get active. They also offer specifically tailored sessions, which provide a more adapted environment for customers with disabilities.
Outdoor gyms are all equipped with four wheel spinners, which are accessible for wheelchair users, and the facilities at Childs Hill Park and Friary Park also have accessible hand bikes.
Barnet Youth Service is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to learn, develop, thrive and become the best that they can be. They work with a huge number of organisations to provide access to the best activities and courses around.