fun things to do

There are lots and lots of fun things to do for disabled children and children with special educational needs in Sussex.

young woman playing table tennisSome activities are for all children, some are specifically for children and young people with disabilities or special educational needs and others are mainstream activities that go the extra mile to include kids with additional needs. Here are some ideas about where to find the kind of thing you’re looking for.

Your local online directories
All local authorities publish online listings of leisure activities, groups and clubs for children and young people, including those that are particularly welcoming or specifically for kids with special educational needs and disabilities. The listings may be part of your local Family Information Service directory or your Local Offer.

In Brighton & Hove, the Family Information Service holds details lots of clubs and activities for kids with additional needs. Find clubs and activities  on Brighton & Hove’s Family Information Service directory

The East Sussex Local Offer has a section on activities and events where you can access information on the i-go card and link to the 1Space directory to find details of specific clubs, recreation and leisure. You can also search for clubs and leisure activities in the Family Information section of the ESCIS directory.

Amaze fact sheet
Families in Brighton & Hove can find out about lots of leisure opportunities locally in our Fun Stuff to do in Brighton & Hove 2018. It’s packed with stuff – from support groups like Brighton Pebbles, to drama classes, youth clubs and sports clubs – and it’s updated regularly.

Some of the opportunities on our Fun Stuff guide will be suitable for East Sussex families too but if you can’t find what you want, call the SENDIASS helpline and we can look into more options for you. Or keep your eye on our Amaze Facebook page where we often let you know about upcoming leisure stuff across Sussex.

The Compass Card
The Compass Card provides discounts and special offers at leisure outlets to families with children with special needs in Brighton & Hove and West Sussex. The Compass Card website lists lots of offers and activities that may inspire East Sussex families too. Find out more on the Compass Card website.
Magazines and websites
ABC Magazine covers Sussex and includes lots of information on things to do and places to visit for parents of babies and young children. It’s free and you can find it in places like libraries, children’s centres and doctors’ surgeries. There are also lots of websites that have information on leisure activities locally such as Child Friendly Brighton or Days Out with the Kids.

Young people in East Sussex who are looking for things to do can visit the 1Space directory that gives you details of youth clubs like Funky Teens for young people with disabilities.

In Brighton & Hove the Where To Go For website has information about events and clubs for young people. And you can visit our website section for young people for information about Amazing Futures young people’s groups and peer support.

Sports and physical activities
If you’re looking for a local sports club, Brighton & Hove City Council’s Sports Development Team and the local NHS has a web site that lists more than 400 local clubs and groups – Active for Life. There’s also an Active for Life directory that’s published once a year. Look out for a copy in your local library or leisure centre.

Families in East Sussex can find details of leisure, sport and hobbies on the ESCIS directory.

Getting out and about
wheelchair users have fun on brighton beach Families in Sussex can get lots of information about accessible places and spaces at Accessible Countryside

Disabled Go is a website with access information for many other towns around the country. Also you may be able to get a RADAR key to open accessible public toilets – contact the council or Disability Rights UK.

Remember, it is always worth checking with the place you are going to beforehand, because information does get out of date, and sometimes the level of access described can be misleading.

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