Spreading the word about inclusive activities

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If your child has additional needs, finding out-of-school activities for them can be a challenge. Mainstream clubs and activities can be too busy or too noisy, they may not have the right staffing levels or expertise, or take place in inaccessible venues.

Sheffield does have a range of providers who specialise in supporting children and young people with disabilities, but they are not always easy to find.

We set out to change that by hosting an information day for parents about “Activities for children and young people with additional needs” on the 18th of November.

Over 30 local providers – sports clubs, farms, parent groups, youth clubs, council services and local charities – came together at St Mary’s church to tell parents about the activities they offer.

Details of these and other providers can be found in the Leisure and Support Organisations sections of our website.

Despite some truly awful weather, over 85 parents attended the event. “There’s so much more going on in Sheffield than I thought,” was a sentiment frequently voiced by parents as they browsed the information stalls. The providers said much the same thing, highlighting how useful it was to be able to network with so many similar organisations all gathered under one roof.

In a series of workshops, representatives from Sheffield City Council and Mencap explained what council services are available to help disabled children and young people access activities and give their families a break. You can download their presentations and additional information by clicking on the links below:

•    Short Breaks services for disabled children
•    Direct payments for children’s social care
•    Preparing for the adult social care assessment | Assessment Questionnaire | Factsheet about assessments published by Carers UK