Activities In York

All children and young people have a right to join community activities and clubs, such as youth clubs, brownies, mountain biking, extended school activities, children’s centres and play schemes. These are key in ensuring children with special educational needs and disabilities have fun and enjoy the same things as other children and young people.

There are lots of inclusive activities, events and providers of leisure activities and short breaks in York. You can find out more information by selecting the activities below, that you are interested in.

You can also view activities and events that are taking place during school holidays and half term breaks on our events page or check out Shine!

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There are lots of different active sports opportunities in York. Below are some examples of some of the activities designed specifically for children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities.

Family Information Service have a database with lots of inclusive sports and activities so if you can't see what you are looking for then get in touch. Also the Sports and Active Leisure team have a range of inclusive sports and activities for you to try.

Bowlsability @ New Earswick & District Indoor Bowls Club

Bowlsability is an inclusive sports session for all ages and abilities. An afternoon session runs all year round on Fridays 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm. Cost per session £3.00. Lunches available from 11.30 am. New Earswick & District Indoor Bowls Club is a partner organisation of Special Olympics City of York.

Cyc 'No Limits' Disabilty Athletics Club

Friday: City of York Athletics Club 'No Limits' Disability Athletics every Friday from 7.00pm - 8.00pm, University of York. £51 per year membership, no session fee. For further information, contact Hannah Higginson 01904 553377 hannah.higginson@york.gov.uk 07927 647181

Energi Friendly

Tuesday, Thursday: On Tuesdays and Thursdays*, Energi Trampoline Park is transformed into a haven for youngsters with additional needs. We have designed two sessions in partnership with local charities, professionals and parents, to ensure your child’s needs are met. For those with physical disabilities or syndromes our Tuesday sessions are the perfect way to enjoy the park, whilst we tinker with the environment on Thursday’s to cater for those on the autistic spectrum. Siblings are welcome to both sessions. We have a ground floor seating area with table service and step free access into the park. Please note we do not have lift or ramp access to the trampolines or café.

First York Boccia Club

Thursday: Boccia is a sport similar to bowls designed to be played by people with disabilities. It is an official Paralympic sport and can be played sitting down. There are devices for wheelchairs available. Each session comprises of warm up skill activities followed by a game of Boccia. There is also a social half hour. Relevant support is welcomed; carers or parents can either stay if they want to, or can return later. £3.00 per hour/ £4.oo for two hours First York Boccia is a partner organisation of Special Olympics City of York. £3.00 for 1 hour/£4.00 for 2 hours. For further information contact Carol Walker – 07815 728945

Keen (University Of York Students Union Student Action)

Thursday, Sunday: Offers sports and activities for children with learning difficulties and special needs, aged 3-11, (and their siblings), to give the children the opportunity to combine play and exercise in a way which is fun and increases confidence. Activities include stretches, races, gentle sports and 'ice-breaker' games, with the new addition of paralympic equipment such as bowls and kurling, the children are sure to find something to enjoy. Run by university volunteers during university term time. Students will work on a one to one basis with the children, and encourage interaction with peers to enhance social and communication skills. We also organise an annual trip out, previous trips have included visits to Eureka, Danelaw Living History Centre, Creepy Crawlies all subsidised by the organisation. Our room can be accessed by wheelchairs - however, notice of wheelchair access would need to be told prior to the session in order to plan the activities

New Earswick Disabled Swimming Club

Wednesday, Friday: pandisability 9mental and physical disabilites)- over 16 years Membership £15 per annum and carers go free First swim is free and £3 per session thereafter

Special Olympics City Of York

: The mission of Special Olympics Great Britain is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of skills, gifts and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. As a Special Olympics Great Britain branch member, Special Olympics City of York welcomes and encourages new participants with intellectual (learning) disabilities to take part in sports training and competition with our partner organisations/clubs, City of York Athletics Club, New Earswick Indoor Bowls Club, First York Boccia Club, First York Kurling Club, York Disability Tennis Network and Special Olympics City of York Swimming. Sports available are Athletics, Boccia, Bowls, New Age Kurling, Swimming and Tennis. Table tennis will be introduced shortly. We are also seeking volunteers, in a variety of roles, to support our athletes in their activities and would welcome the opportunity to support any mainstream sports club seeking to become fully inclusive. For more information please contact Hannah Higginson on 01904 551431, 07836320311 or hannah.higginson@york.gov.uk

Special Olympics City of York Swimming

The Special Olympics City of York Swimming Club provides quality training and competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities. Professional coaching is provided by Adams Aquatics. Learn to swim 11.30-12.00 (pan disabilities) Swim improvers 12:00-12:30 (pan disabilities) Coaching for competition 12:30-13:30 FREE taster session

Sport And Active Leisure

: York has a wide variety of sport and physical activity opportunities for anyone with a disability or additional needs regardless of impairment. From Goalball to Boccia, from Wheelchair Basketball to Cycling on our fleet of adapted bikes, York can offer something to suit everyone’s interests and help you achieve your 30 minutes of physical activity to boost your health and happiness.

York Be-Active

York Be-Active multisports activities such as boccia, table tennis and dance for adults with physical and or learning disabilities. Sessions run at Tang Hall Community Centre, on Mondays 10.00am - 12.00pm, cost £2.50. Please note that this service generally runs through school hours, and is targetted mainly at adults with learning disabilities. Children are welcome to attend, but must be properly supervised by adults. Contact Hannah Higgingson 01094 553377.

York Disability Tennis Network @ University Of York/ Rowntree Park

Wednesday: York Disability Tennis Network is a not for profit organisation, started in April 2014 by Andy Crockett and Jill King with help from the Tennis Foundation and City of York Council. It provides specialist disability sessions for those who wish to play socially or compete within disability specific tournaments. This includes Blind Tennis, Deaf Tennis, Learning Disability Tennis (in conjunction with Special Olympics City Of York SOCOY) and Wheelchair Tennis at a number of venues around York. York Disability Tennis Network is part of the Me2 campaign run by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), and are now listed within their website and literature as a Deaf Friendly organisation. Both Jill and Andy are studying online for their Level 1 Certificate in British Sign Language. Jill and Andy have also completed a course on Autism Awareness to enable a greater understanding of the Autism Spectrum. We also have direct contact with the GB National Coach in both Deaf and Special Olympics Tennis and are gaining experience in Wheelchair Tennis. We currently run sessions at David Lloyd, Wigginton Tennis Club and Joseph Rowntree School. If you would like something organising near you in the North Yorkshire Area please contact us and we will do our utmost to meet your requirements. Other session times can be found here: www.ydtn.org.uk/

York Disability Tennis Network @ Wigginton Tennis Club

Saturday: Saturday Sessions: 4-5pm - Wheelchair Tennis 5-6pm Learning Disability Tennis York Disability Tennis Network is a not for profit organisation, started in April 2014 by Andy Crockett and Jill King with help from the Tennis Foundation and City of York Council. It provides specialist disability sessions for those who wish to play socially or compete within disability specific tournaments. This includes Blind Tennis, Deaf Tennis, Learning Disability Tennis (in conjunction with Special Olympics City Of York SOCOY) and Wheelchair Tennis at a number of venues around York. York Disability Tennis Network is part of the Me2 campaign run by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), and are now listed within their website and literature as a Deaf Friendly organisation. Both Jill and Andy are studying online for their Level 1 Certificate in British Sign Language. Jill and Andy have also completed a course on Autism Awareness to enable a greater understanding of the Autism Spectrum. We also have direct contact with the GB National Coach in both Deaf and Special Olympics Tennis and are gaining experience in Wheelchair Tennis. We currently run sessions at David Lloyd, Wigginton Tennis Club and Joseph Rowntree School. If you would like something organising near you in the North Yorkshire Area please contact us and we will do our utmost to meet your requirements. Additonal session details can be found on the website.

York Tennisability

Saturday: Disability tennis coaching for juniors and adults with learning (Intellectual ) disabilities. There is also occasional training available and competition & social opportunities. £5.50 per session or £33.00 for a 6 week block. Also associated with The Tennis Foundation and Special Olympics Great Britain.

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Get Cycling

GoGet Active

Inclusion Duke of Edinburgh Group

Inclusive Cycling Sessions

Lolliplot

V I Inclusive Walks

York Health Walks

York Tandem Club For Disabled People

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There are a number of different Youth Clubs and ways to socialise in York, a number of these are listed at the bottom of the page.

 

Make sure you take a second to watch the video below also, we spoke to George who explained some of his favourite ways to socialise and exercise at Choose 2 Youth Club!

  

 

  • Accessible Arts and Media
    • Hands and Voices
    • Community Media
    • IMPs
      • Junior IMPs After School Clubs
      • Senior IMPs (11+)
      • Holiday Clubs
      • IMPs Apprentice Training Programme
      • IMPs Outreach Workshops
    • iMUSE
    • Creative Sensory Activities
  • All4One Club
    • Every 1st Saturday of the month from 7pm-9pm at the 68 Youth & Community Centre (near Monks Cross). Aimed for young people aged 11-21 years old with special needs/ special educational needs.
    • Activities range from playing in the sports hall (basketball, table football, pool) to creative activities, film nights and more.
    • Scout and Explorer (as part of the 1st Holgate Scouts)
  • Brunswick Social Club
    •  This social club has been set up by people with learning difficulties for people with learning difficulties driven by their frustrations about their limited social life and their wish to build friendships
  • Choose2 Youth Club
    • Wednesday and Thursday club- young people aged 11-25 years old
    • Friday club- dedicated to young people with Autism and Asperger's- 9-20 years old
    • “Yes I love coming. It gets me out. This is the place where I can tell everyone everything and feel really relaxed.”
  • LolliPOPins (York)
    • For 7-14 years old with any degree of hearing loss and their hearing siblings are invited to get together for fun filled afternoons
  • Lollipop Youth Project (L.Y.P)
    • 11 years+. Second Saturday of every month. An open- house for Lollipop members to meet and take part in a variety of activities.
  • Lollitots (0- 5 years old)
    • Monthly drop-ins for children to play and try out new activities while also giving families a chance to come together and provide each other with invaluable support
  • Snappy Saturday Scheme (12 - 19 Years)
    • A safe and secure environment for the young people to meet up with friends, learn and develop through a range of play activities and gain valuable experiences and learn key life skills- Snappy also provides special trips out.
  • Senior Snappy (18-25 years)
    • This young group allows young people to attend social nights and also a selection of workshops and activities that incorporate life skills.
  • Snappy Contact (11-22 years)
    • Snappy's newest project, this is all about delivering life skills and learning workshops to children and young adults. These sessions run Thursday evenings 6.30pm-9.30pm and Saturdays 10am- 12 noon and 1.30pm-3.30pm.
  • Spectrum Youth Group (14-25 years)
    • Monday 7-9pm at Manor Farm youth centre in Tadcatser. This youth club for any young person on the autistic spectrum or with any other physical/emotional needs to get together and take part in a number of activities, including cooking, air hockey and pool.
  • York Inspirational Kids- Saturday Club (0-12 years old)
    • This is a fortnightly club, during term time, and runs between 10.30am-12 noon.
    • Activities include arts, theatre, puppets, film and crafts.
    • 1st Monday of each month is FAMILY BOWLING- 5pm Ten Pin, Clifton Moor (£4.15 per child)
    • For more information about York Inspiration Kids join their Facebook Group- Including information about York Ausome Kids and York Hemi Kids.

 

If you are an organisation and looking to become 'Autism Inclusive' follow these 4 simple steps listed below:

From more information visit Living Autism

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Please see the list of inclusive activities in York which the Autism Team at CYC have created.

Click here.

Last updated: April 2019

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There are over 14 libraries and a mobile library across the city. All are accessible and York Explore Central Library and Acomb Explore Library include Changing Places. Books are available in different formats including CDs, preloaded MP3 players and large print. Library members can enjoy two free hours of internet access everyday on PCs that are also accessible. There's a range of children’s activities available including the Summer Reading Challenge – a national initiative where children are given prizes for reading six books over the Summer holiday.

All activities are listed in Shine and on the Libraries website. Children and young people under the age of 18 can join the library service for free.

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