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Leisure Activities and Things To Do

We know it is essential that children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, their families and carers make regular use of leisure activities and get out and about across the borough. 

Summer holiday programmes 2017

Lambeth Libraries

You can use any of the local libraries to borrow books, e-books, DVDs, talking books and language courses. We also have online resources and services for you to use and there is plenty to do in Lambeth libraries.

To find out more, visit our Lambeth libraries page.

Lambeth short breaks

We are currently in the process of retendering our short breaks service within Lambeth. Our Commissioning and Children with Disabilities team are working together to ensure that the new short breaks statement is fit for purpose, whilst also linking it to the new service set-up. The new short breaks policy will be finalised by September 2017.

During this period we will be looking to engage with families regarding the statement to help us to develop it – if you would like to be involved in this, please contact Sharon Kitson at Contact a Family  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or on 020 7326 5270 or 07415 643 902.

Read the Lambeth CYPS eligibility criteria children with disabilities.

Activities and services for children, young people and families

You can find details about leisure activities and thing to do across the borough by searching our Young Lambeth directory.

If you know about anything that others may be interested in, please send details to Young Lambeth via the Contact us link at the top of every page.

Contact a Family can also help in locating events and activities.

Accessible sport sessions

Lambeth's leisure centres run weekly accessible sport sessions for children and young people with disabilities. Find out more about them.

Lambeth Better

Lambeth Council works in partnership with leisure operator GLL a charitable social enterprise to provide a wide range of sport and recreation facilities. This partnership is committed to delivering first class facilities that reach out to all sectors of the local community. Brixton Recreation Centre has recently invested almost £800,000 to make the reception area, gym and changing rooms even better for your comfort and enjoyment There is something for everyone including specialist children's zones featuring junior fitness equipment, interactive sports hall to test your speed and co-ordination, softplay, 3G football pitch, climbing wall, squash courts and a 8 badminton court sports hall.

Clapham Leisure Centre provides state-of-the-art accessible facilities offering a wide range of programmes and racket sports including junior tennis lessons in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association, and the popular weekday evening No Strings badminton adult drop in sessions in partnership with Badminton England. Ferndale Community Sports Centre provides high quality outdoor facilities for football, netball, basketball and tennis. The centre offers a wide range of programmes including social tennis and dance for the over 50's, low impact classes for the community on GP referal schemes and various martial art classes for all ages and abilities. Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre hosts an olympic sized ice skating rink with the largest 'Learn to Skate' programme in the UK, 100 station fully equipped state-of-the-art gym, group exercise studios, two swimming pools; a 25m 6 lane pool and a 13m teaching pool and a multi sport sports hall.

The newly opened West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre is part of intergrated centre for health and wellbeing which also incorporates Lambeth Council customer centre, GP and dental services, community health services and a community space for hire. The centre boasts a quality 100 station gym, 6 lane 25m Swimming Pool and group exercise classes. Lambeth is committed to making healthy activity accessible to everyone and that's why a range of free and low cost swimming initiatives are in place for our younger, older and disabled residents. We will continue to improve our leisure centres in 2015 and with so many activities to choose from, why not get down to one of our leisure centres and give something a try?

For more information click here http://www.better.org.uk/areas/lambeth

Oasis Children's Venture is a local charity in Stockwell that runs three play projects for disabled and non-disabled children and young people. Our Nature Garden, Karting Project and Adventure Playground are all open access and available for children to attend after school, on Saturdays and during the school holidays to play.Specialist activity sessions are also provided for schools, youth groups, private groups and other agencies.

For more information about our three sites, free play services and session times, please visit our website: www.oasisplay.org.uk

Inclusion Project

Inclusion is at the heart of all the Oasis play services. We have an experienced team of specialist playworkers who support disabled children and young people at all three sites on a 1:1 and 1:4 basis. Supported places are limited but we will work with you to find the best solution to meet your child's needs.

What we provide:

Supervised places for 6-16 year olds during Afterschool, Saturday and Playscheme sessions.

Supported volunteering opportunities for disabled young people aged 15-25.

Stay and Play sessions for parents/carers visiting with their children.

Get in touch with Matthew or Fran from the Oasis Inclusion Project:

Tel: 020 7622 8756

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Nature Garden

At our Nature Garden, you can join in with a wide range of environmental play activities. Our free sessions are for 5-12 year olds.

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Adventure Playground

The Adventure Playground has many exciting play structures and adventurous activities to take part in. Our free sessions are for 6-16 year olds.

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Karting Track

Learn to drive, maintain go-karts and marshal at Lambeth's only youth led go-kart track. The site is accessible and has two-seater dual-control karts and a hand-controlled kart. We run junior sessions for 8-12 year olds and senior sessions for 13-18 year olds.

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Stockwell Sports

Our sports project provides inclusive sporting activities such as football, boxing, table tennis and volleyball for children aged 11+. Young people aged 12+ can work towards achieving an AQA accredited certificate in Sport.

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Girls' Night

Come and join in our activity sessions for girls aged 11-18 years. Make new friends and enjoy go-karting, dance, arts and crafts, films and more.

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Oasis has a strong history of volunteering across all three sites. We also provide a supported volunteering programme for disabled young people. Young people aged 15+ can apply to volunteer and gain work experience, learn new skills and even work towards an AQA accredited certificate.

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ADDRESS Oasis Children's Venture Main Office,

33 Priory Grove,

London SW8 2PD

Tel: 020 7622 8756
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Opening times vary across sites. Please visit our website for more information: www.oasisplay.org.uk


The age ranges we support vary across sites and projects. Please visit our website for more information.

WEBSITE: www.oasisplay.org.uk

Disability Sports Club (DSC)

Following one of the most prolific years of sports, DSC has started the process of creating a lasting legacy, in providing a disability sports community club structure throughout England.

What are Community Clubs ?

DSC Community Clubs are fun, accessible clubs that provide Paralympic and multi-sports for those aged 11 and older for people with disabilities. Each Community Club has two specialised sports coaches with volunteer support, to allow you to enjoy and experience a large amount of different sports.

Develop confidence, team-building and communication skills through sport whilst making new friends. For more information on DSC sports club visit our website for your nearest community sports club

If you would like to speak to someone with regards to setting up a club in your area please contact Alan Whetherly by phone on: 020 7021 0973 or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

wheels for well being

Wheels for Wellbeing provide inclusive cycling sessions to people of all ages, regardless of disability, or health conditions. Our inclusive cycling sessions run by trained instructors and volunteers are enjoyed by children and young people with Special Educational Needs.

Cycling sessions are held in friendly, off-road environments at:
• Herne Hill Velodrome
• Ladywell Centre, Sports Hall
• Croydon Arena
We have a wide range of cycles, in a variety sizes, suitable for all ages:
• Tricycles
• Tandems
• Side-by-sides cycles
• Recumbents
• Handcycles
• 2 and 4 wheeled cycles
• Wheelchair bikes (no transfer needed)
After-school clubs

We also run After-school Clubs and Summer Cycling Sessions at specific venues.
For more information contact:
Matt Beale-Collins
(Session Manager)
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Tel: 020 7346 8482
Website: www.wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk

Yoga for autism

One of our passions at Yo’tism is to offer Yoga, natural therapies, support and heartfelt awareness to every child or adult on the autism spectrum, so they can access the tools that help to heal and unlock their full potential.

We also offer caring for carers workshops and yoga therapy for parents workshops.

Learn new tips, tools and ways of looking after yourself, your family and providing for your community.

Half day and full day workshops at subsidised rates for your support groups, independent groups or yourself.

Find out more about the courses at the Yoga for Autism website.

Music Therapy Lambeth

Music Therapy Lambeth is a registered charity that has been working within the borough of Lambeth since 2005 providing music therapy within local schools. We currently have 6 part-time music therapists working across the borough in nurseries, schools and specialist centres.

Find out more about this service.

S Factor Academy

S Factoy Academy is a dynamic and inclusive sports club for children and young people aged 7 to 24.

Whether you have autism, a sensory or physical impairment or learning difficulties, we can help you to achieve your full potential in sports, improve your wellbeing and have lots of fun along the way.

The programme is delivered by friendly, inclusive and qualified coaches and volunteers and we also have specialist adapted equipment available including:

  • racing WCs
  • aubile equipment
  • sensory equipment

The sessions are every Saturday, 11am to 12noon at Ladywell Arena, Silvermere Road, Catford, SE6 4QX

The first session is FREE and £2.50 thereafter.

For more information call Adam on 07840 528 587 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Visit the S Factor Academy website


Streatham Youth and Community Trust logo

Streatham Youth and Community Trust

Streatham Youth and Community Trust (SYCT) provides high quality youth services and facilities to the young people of Streatham as well as outlying areas.

SYCT meets the needs of the local community through the provision of a wide range of activities focusing on education and training, personal development, support for disadvantaged groups, sports and the arts. We are a dedicated, full time provider of youth services in our area.

The SYCT is based at Wellfield Centre, 16 Wellfield Road, Streatham, SW16 2BP

Special Needs Group
The special needs group also known as the Streatham Wednesday Group (SWG) are young people ages 13 to 30 with special needs who get together once a week to take part in a tailored programme of interests and activities.

The programme is designed to develop confidence and teach social and life skills. You can read more about the SWG on their website.

For more information about the Streatham Youth and Community Trust please visit their website or contact them on 020 3146 4179 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Rathbone Youth Services

8 Chatsworth Way
West Norwood

All our youth work under one roof!

Our Youth Service offers informal educative programmes and projects during term times for young people aged 11 to 19, or up to 25 with learning disabilities over 3 evenings, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at The Old Library.

In addition to this we offer engaging activity programmes during the half term and summer holiday periods.

All our youth programmes are delivered by specialist and qualified youth workers with experience in working with young people with complex needs and challenging behaviour.

Call us on 020 8670 4039 or visit our website for more information.

Jessop, Stockwell, Lark Hall

Children’s Centre

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