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Eureka! Steampunk Science

Date: 06/04/19 - 28/04/19

See our brand NEW show and experience a cacophony of light and sound, get hands-on with extra activities in our Imagination Space, plus over the Easter weekend meet an Easter bunny with a difference.

We’re bringing Steampunk and science together for a madcap, zigzag journey through the amazing world of science and technology this Easter holiday – on every day from Saturday 6th to Sunday 28th April!

Be amazed by science demonstrations from our Eureka! Steampunk Scientists and be the first to experience Professor Spark’s brand NEW science show.

The Eureka! Imagination Space will be open daily with a range of different activities and crafts for kids to have a go at – perfect for children aged 6+

Yorkshire Special Educational Needs Conference: Supporting you and your Child

Event Date: Wednesday 15th May 2019 9:30am

Venue: The Studio

Location: Riverside West Whitehall Road Leeds LS1 4AW

Cost: £10.00

Our Special Educational Needs Conference: Supporting you and your Child will take place on Wednesday 15th May at The Studio in Leeds.

The day will cover a broad range of SEN specific practical advice and include presentations on:

•       Equipping you and your child with the skills to succeed with homework and exams

•       Creating happy school days: supporting anxiety and mental health

•       Autism: the unexpected journey - a parents perspective

•       Understanding emotions: useful strategies for support and regulation

Parents and carers who have attended our conferences and events in the past feel they are given a great chance to acquire new skills and support without judgement, whilst also meeting others who are in similar situations.  We hope that you will be able to join us for what is sure to be another wonderful and inspiring day.   

We are committed to supporting parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and want to do as much as we can to help you and your family, which is why tickets to our conferences are subsidised. 

Book your tickets before Friday 12th April and receive them at the early bird discount rate of £10 per person.  Any purchased after this date will be charged at the full ticket price of £12 per person.  

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Portage Training from the National Portage Association (NPA) 

“Portage Workshop: A Small Steps Approach to learning for Children with SEND”

2 Days and a 1 day follow up

Thursday 9th May 2019 - 9:15am – 3:00pm

Follow up day Venue: Margaret McMillan Tower, Princes Way, BD1 1NN

Attendance on all 3 days is required for this course

This 3 day workshop is open to anyone working with young children (under 7) with additional

needs /disabilities and their families. It covers the core curriculum set out by the National Portage Association. The course is very relevant for parents and all Early Years Practitioners, SENCOs & Teachers particularly those working in nurseries and 2 year provision, Schools, Children’s Centres and other Early years settings.

The course will cover:

  • The Portage Model
  • Working in Partnership with parents/carers
  • Agreeing long term goals and writing clear teaching targets
  • Helping children learn by the small step approach (task analysis)
  • Specialist teaching techniques
  • Play for children with additional needs

Recording and evaluating children’s developmental progress.

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Carer Hub Pop Up Cafe April 2019

Working closely with carers, we have developed Carers Hubs to support people in their caring role. The Hubs are located at Horton Park Health Centre in Bradford, Lynfield Mount HospitalBradford, and Dyneley House, Skipton, and give carers the chance to meet other carers, get free advice and support, get involved in activities and take time out for themselves.

As well as our regular events programmes, carers can come along and join us for presentations and information sessions on a wide variety of subjects.

Lynfield Mount Carers Hub will now be in the Step Forward Centre in Lynfield Mount.

Drop in for a chat to find out more with complimentary refreshments for carers

A chance to meet other carers, access information and support, free activities or take some time out for you. 

Carer Hub Activity Sheet – Horton Park, Bradford – April 2019

Carer Hub Activity Sheet – Lynfield Mount Hospital, Bradford – April 2019

Carer Pop Up Cafe Activity Sheet – Dyneley House – April 2019

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Chess Group @ Carer Hub

Every Thursday from 10.30am - 12.00pm

Come along to our Chess Group for Carers and loved ones, learn new skills, make new friends and experience the therapeutic benefits that playing chess can bring.

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Specialist Inclusion Project

Special Offer for our Short Breaks Providers

Swimming pool - Summer 2019

We are offering private use of the short breaks pool, situated within the grounds of Valley View House, Lister Lane, Bradford. BD2 4LL

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Performing Arts

Date & time: Wednesdays 6.30pm - 8.30pm

The Specialist Inclusion Project is a team that specialise in running, finding and monitoring Short Breaks services for young people with disabilities aged throughout the Bradford District. These include after school, evening, weekend and half term Short Breaks. The team offer their own Short Breaks services including popular after school clubs based on dance and drama, supported swimming sessions and the Pineapples Summer Camp offering a 4 night residential during the Summer Holidays.

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SEND Moving on Event

Date: Wednesday 1st May 2019 - 4:30pm – 7.00pm

 Jonathan Silver Building at Shipley College

Shipley College are holding another SEND Moving on Event to provide students and parents/carers, with information on the full range of supporting agencies available to young people with SEND as they prepare to move on from college.

We would like to invite  your organisation to attend this event and have the opportunity to inform others of the service you provide. We are keen to ensure all our learners are fully equipped with the information they need to make decisions about their next step.

All Shipley College SEND students and their parents/carers will be invited to the event, which is being run alongside our Open evening and will enable prospective applicants to also attend and see the support you may be able to offer them.

Please could you confirm whether you would like to attend by Friday 15th March 2019 to lveall@shipley.ac.uk

Family Fun Dat at Nell Bank 2019

Date: 28th May, 25th July, 20th August, 29th October 2019

The Specialist Inclusion Project is working in partnership with the team at Nell Bank to provide family fun days during the school holidays.Come along and enjoy activities like the habitat trail, pond dipping, water play and den building.

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Special Educational Needs Conference: Supporting you and your Child

Date: Wednesday 15th May 2019

Join us for the Special Educational Needs Conference: Supporting you and your Child and be given the opportunity to attend truly world class sessions at a fraction of the usual cost.
Here at Witherslack Group we’re committed to sharing expert advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and want to do as much as we can to help you along the way. 
Our conference will take place on Wednesday 15th May 2019 at The Studio, Leeds and will cover a broad range of SEN specific practical advice. The day will include presentations on:
•             Equipping you and your child with the skills to succeed with homework and exams
•             Creating happy school days: supporting anxiety and mental health
•             Autism: the unexpected journey - a parents perspective
•             Understanding emotions: useful strategies for support and regulation
This is the first of our regional conferences to be held in Yorkshire and we hope that you will be able to join us on what is sure to be a wonderful and inspiring day.  
We hope to give as many people as possible the opportunity to attend so please help us spread the word by sharing with family and friends, on social media or through support groups.
Tickets are priced at £10 per person before Friday 12th April.  Any purchased after this date will be charged the full ticket price of £12 per person. 
Please visit the website to book www.witherslackgroup.co.uk/events/conference-yorkshire/ or you can contact Clare or Rukiya for more information on 015395 66081 or events@witherslackgroup.co.uk

SNOOP - Indoor Climbing Wall 

Short Break Play Scheme Climbing Programme

Climbing wall and sensory play area with integrated swings.

5 meter climbing wall with fully trained instructors. This is a challenging healthy activity for children and adults with learning disabilities.

The sensory play area and sensory integrated swings help with balance, spatial awareness and sensory perception.

Schools are able to buy this service for students to support them in different settings and activities. 

It is also available to pre book for individual purposes.

Please see below to view the Leaflet

Bradford City FC Community Foundation Half Term coaching, fun and games

Half term holiday coaching camps open to boys and girls, ages 5-13 and of all abilities. From £15 per day.

  • The camps comprise of fun, games and football coaching based on each group's age and level of ability.
  • The football soccer camps usually run from 9am to 3.30pm on each day of the course and each child should come already changed in weather appropriate sports clothing. 
  • All our staff are DBS checked and qualified to a minimum of FA Level 2 or 3. They are also qualified in FA Emergency Aid and FA Safeguarding Children.

Ways to apply/pay:

Better Start Bradford

We run a wide range of events including:

  • courses, activities and workshops for families expecting babies and with children under four – offered through our projects
  • workshops, training and networking for volunteers and professionals working with pregnant parents and families – offered through our Learning Together programme
  • events and activities in the local community that we are contributing to – often organised with our local partners

Specialist Inclusion Project

Performing Arts Academy Musical Theater 

Starting on Wednesday 30th January 2019 6-8PM

Join us in our performing arts academy for young people with disabilities. We are looking to teach and perform a musical, including the making of costumes and props. Sessions will run once a week during Term Time on a Wednesday at UAK Keighley. The cost is £5 per session.

Please see below to view the Leaflet

50 Things To Do Before You’re Five

Who is it for?

The project was funded by the youth charity, Big Change and developed by St Edmund’s Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Girlington, to be universally accessible. We have worked with partners, Delius Special School to include developmentally appropriate guidance on the free app for children who are disabled. Each activity has a section that supports families of children who are visually and hearing impaired, have a physical impairment, or are living with autism.

200+ Fabulous Family Days Out

The ultimate list of family days out in and around West Yorkshire

Ah summertime..fun, sun and the pressure to keep the kids entertained for six weeks!  If you’re looking to fill your days with family fun, we’ve got your covered with over 200 events and activities happening in and around West Yorkshire this summer.  And because we know how playing out adds up, we marked plenty of FREE days out in blue for you.

Out In The Aire Activities

Forest School and Outdoor Activities

Here at Out In The Aire Outdoor Learning and Forest School we believe children need regular interactions in nature to ensure that we provide them with an opportunity to develop socially, emotionally, physically, linguistically, cognitively and spiritually. Our engaging outdoor woodland education programmes allow children to develop confidence, self-regulation, social skills and other emotional intelligences through a variety of experiences. The sessions are very relaxed and provide development through teamwork, risk taking and problem solving activities.

What we aim to deliver during our Forest School and outdoor activity programmes

Regular interactive sessions that inspire young people to engage in nature
Opportunities all year round
Experiences to young people in the Aire Valley and the surrounding areas

Healthy Start, Brighter Future

HENRY is working with families and practitioners all over the UK and beyond. HENRY family support programmes and activities run termly in many parts of the UK.


HENRY programmes have been held recently at:

  • Reevy Hill Children’s Centre
  • Homewood Children’s Centre
  • Rainbow Children’s Centre
  • Strong Close Children’s Centre
  • Farnham Rd Children’s Centre
  • St Joseph’s School
  • St.Edmunds School

Programmes may be available at other local venues. For details of programmes please contact: kate.gledhill@bradford.gov.uk

Programmes are also being held in Better Start Bradford areas. For details of all upcoming programmes please contact nicola.charnock@henry.org.uk.

ClubActive health and fitness

Join ClubActive where you can get fit and have fun in our gyms, swimming pools and fitness classes. You can also use our sauna and steam rooms. We have air conditioned facilities, with ample free parking and qualified staff available to assist you at any time.

Join a Premier Site and you can visit any of our gyms and pools, and take part in most of our fitness classes (except licensed classes).

Join a Standard Site and you can visit any of standard gyms, all of our pools and most of the fitness classes held at our standard sites (except licensed classes).

There are no joining fees and no contracts.

Beneath The Waves - An Inclusive, underwater themed party!

An inclusive, underwater themed party! Curated and created by adults with learning disabilities. Presented by The Brick Box as part of the Bradford Bubble Up Festival and supported by Mind The Gap. This party is open for anyone to attend over the age of 18. There will be DJs, a tropical bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available at reasonable prices and sensory spaces/art installations. The venue has ramp access and an accessible toilet. Please feel free to bring any support/carers with you, no extra tickets necessary.

Underwater themed dress code is encouraged but not necessary.


Looking for childcare in the school holidays? Why not put your kids in a holiday playscheme or summer camp. We’ve got details of all the playschemes and holiday clubs in your area.

Portage Groups in the Bradford District

The groups are for children under five and their families to meet, play, sing, chat with other families!

Each group is supported by experienced Portage Home Visitors.

Places are limited and booking is essential!

Please see below to view the Leaflet

Shine Together 

Every Saturday (term time) 1pm - 3pm

Shine Together is a youth group for young people with disabilities aged 13-25. It runs every Saturday term time at the Landmark Centre from 1-3pm. We aim to run in the holidays too when we have enough funding.

Please see below to view the Leaflet

Sport Works – Super After School

We provide multi-sports sessions for children and young people with additional needs. The sessions enable parents to have a quality short break whilst enabling children to participant in inclusive activities they would not normally participate in.

Please see below to view the Leaflet

Bradford Maze: Domestic Abuse Prevention Programme (DAPP)


  • This group work programme is aimed at heterosexual adult men, aged 22 +, who are using any form of domestic abuse in their intimate relationships.

  • The programme model is targeted at men in heterosexual relationships due to the gendered nature of domestic abuse.

  • We offer one to one sessions for people in same-sex relationships and female perpetrators who may be abusive to their male partners.

  • The group is not an ‘anger management’ programme; however we do include a module which focuses on managing anger. It is important that people are aware of this when discussing the programme, as our primary focus will be on power and control within their relationship and not on anger.

Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure

What does it do?

A charity offering a variety of sports clubs and activities especially for people with a disability across the district, activities available include swimming, basketball, cricket, karate, athletics, cycling and more.

Sport Works Bradford Saturday activities

Our sessions are designed for young people (aged 8-19) with disabilities and additional needs to enjoy a variety of sports, enabling them to develop their independence and social skills in a fun, relaxed and supportive environment (1:4 staff participant ratio).

Where - Sedbergh Community Centre 

When - Every Saturday

Please see below to view the Leaflet

Sport Works Bradford Inclusive Provision

Sport Works is an award winning provider of Exercise, Health and Alternative Education programmes to schools, Local Authorities and private organisations throughout the UK. 

Sessions designed for young people aged 8-19 wanting to develop independence and social skills in a fun, relaxed and supportive environment.

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Heaton Tennis and Squash Club

Mixed Ability Touch Tennis can be played with friends, family or for those who are wanting to play in a more competitive environment for all ages, levels, abilities and disabilities no matter whether you have played tennis before or not.

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Mentor and Support Opportunities in Bradford

Do you want to be more active but need support because of disability or a health condition? Could you support someone to get more active?

See attached below opportunity from our partners at Disability Rights UK for people in the Bradford District.

With increasing numbers of Mixed Ability Activities offering options for everyone to take part, this is another door opening for participants who might need a little extra support.

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Bradford College - Progression to learning and work 2019

Are you not sure what your next steps are? If you have no formal qualifications, or limited GCSE grades, don’t worry! One of our progression courses could be perfect to help shape your future.

On our Progression to Learning programme, we will support you to build your confidence, develop new skills and help you improve your English and Maths. Our tutors will provide you with a wide range of stimulating, educational and enjoyable activities in and out of the classroom.

With our guidance and support, you’ll grow in self-confidence and gain the skills you need to pursue further study or to start a successful career.

If you have any disabilities and/or learning difficulties and would like to become more confident in completing day-to-day tasks by yourself, maybe our Skills for Independent Living study programme can help. On this course, our tutors will support you to develop your communication, reading, writing and maths skills for use in your home life and for the workplace. You’ll join in with tasks and activities that will teach you how to manage your own money, cook your own food and plan your own career. With our support and guidance, you’ll grow in confidence and gain the skills you need to live an independent life.

Exciting new opportunities in Bradford

I am delighted to be able to share with you that Bradford has now officially the largest number of fully inclusive Mixed Ability activities in the UK.

Mixed Ability is a social movement within sports, actively promoting inclusion and equality through a sense of belonging and membership to a group, team or club.

All of those people who have considered joining a class but feel they might be judged by their capability, please be assured that these activities are non-judgemental.

Mixed Ability (MA) is for everyone.

Dance 4 All has a new dedicated home at the Kala Sangham Centre with classes every Monday evening, and on Friday afternoons why not try Tennis for all at Heaton Tennis Club.

Bradford Inclusive Sports Directory, 2018 Notes for Press Release

The Inclusive sports directory has over 50 inclusive activists available for disabled people right across the Bradford District.

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Chase away those MONDAY blues, come and try Dance for All Every Monday 6-7pm 

Fun, friendly and open to people of all ages and abilities

Kala Sangham Arts Centre (behind Broadway Shopping Centre) up the stairs to Ganges Hall.

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The Carer's Hub - Feel good Group 

Every Tuesday 10.30am to 12.00pm

A group aimed at promoting positive emotional wellbeing by exploring relaxation techniques, arts and craft.

Please see below to view the Leaflet

Bradford Disability Football Club (BDFC)

Established in 2001, the club provides professional football coaching to players of all ages, with varying disability levels.

The club is affiliated to the FA, Bradford City AFC, BDSL & the GB Special Olympic Association.

We have 8 adult teams in the West Riding Ability Counts League

We also have 2 teams at Under 16 and 2 teams at Under 13s

Please see below to view the Leaflet

HENRY Group Programme

FREE 8-week programme for parents and carers of babies and young children to give them the tools and skills they need to provide a healthy family lifestyle.

Please see below to view the Leaflet

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Fancy exploring the outdoors, learning new skills and trying new things? Grab your gear and start ticking off some of our 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Martin House Children's Hospice

The aim of Martin House is to provide family led care for children with life shortening conditions. It is a place where children, young people and their families can come to stay from time to time along their journey and find support, rest and practical help.

Please see below to view the Leaflet

Introducing SNAPS

SNAPS provides leisure support services for children with special needs of all kinds, and their families. Our aim is to support the entire family, by enabling the child, along with siblings, parents and other carers to participate in a shared experience of physical activity, fun and conversation in relaxed surroundings, supported by professional and dedicated staff. Our age range is from 1 to 16, although most of our children are aged between 2 and 10.

PHAB Club's aim is to promote and encourage people of all abilities to come together on equal terms, to achieve complete inclusion within the wider community.

The club meets on Wednesday evenings 7.15pm to 8.45pm except during school holidays, and alternates between the Mappa Building Community Centre and Fairfax Swimming Baths. 

Please see below to view the Leaflet

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