Southwark Parent Carers Council
speaking up for families with disabled children

Clubs & Activities


Sports Clubs

  • Saturday Sports Club for SEN students - Spa School

    The Bacons Schools Sports Partnership runs a Saturday Morning Sports Club at Spa School, Monnow Road, SE1 5RN and is open to both primary and secondary SEN students from mainstream or special schools. Parent carers can choose to drop off your child, stay and watch or take part or stay and train in the gym. The two sports are trampoling and gymnastics/ball sports and sessions are: • 10.30am-12pm 12-1.30pm • 2-3pm.

    There is a charge of £25 per child for the year and siblings are welcome. If you would like your child to join, please contact Glyn Davies at: Bacons College, Timber Pond Road, Rotherhithe, SE16 6AT. Tel: 020 7237 1928. Mobile: 07734225329. Email:
  • Wheelchair Basketball & Multi-Sports - 14-25 years - Salmon Youth Centre

    Wheelchair Basketball is open to disabled and non-disabled young people aged 14-25 years and open to all abilities - FREE. Tuesday from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
    Multi-Sports 14+: Fri 3.30-5.30pm.
    Salmon Youth Centre, 43 Jamaica Road, SE16 4TE. For more information on Salmon Youth Centre DSC contact Jamie Anglesea on 020 7232 5304 or visit the Salmon Youth Centre website.
  • Club Southwark Multi-sports in Camberwell

    Join this new Disability Sports Club at Camberwell Leisure Centre. This multi-sports club is for young people with disabilities aged 11-25. Every Saturday 3pm - 5pm at Camberwell Leisure Centre, Artichoke Place, Camberwell. This club gives young disabled people the opportunity to experience Paralympic and multi-sports sessions and take part in community festivals. Contact: Alan Whetherly on 020 7021 0973 or:
    Download the flyer here.
  • Multi-Sports 19-25yrs: Millwall Community Scheme DSC

    Tues 11am-12pm.
    Wed 1-2pm.
    At The Bede Centre, Abbeyfield Road, London SE16 2BS. Contact: 020 7525 5736.
    For more information on Millwall Community Scheme DSC contact Richard White on 020 7740 0503 or visit the community scheme website.
  • Disability Swim Squad - London Youth Games swimming programme

    A unique partnership of Fusion Lifestyle, Southwark Council, Dulwich Dolphins and Southwark Aquatic swimming clubs has created a London Youth Games swimming programme, open to young disabled swimmers aged 5-13 who live or go to school in Southwark. The sessions are free of charge and are as follows:
    One-to-one sessions: Fridays 7-8.30pm in the hydro-therapy pool at Peckham Pulse Healthy Living Centre
    Swim squad for more able swimmers: Sundays 2-3pm at Dulwich Leisure Centre
    The programe is hoping to build a swim squad for the London Youth Games disability swimming competition on the 4 June 2014. Please contact: Dulwich Dolphins swimming club on email: or Amala Onuora  on tel: 0207 5257304 or email: For more information please visit:

  • Disability Swim Sessions: Fusion

    Swimming Age 8+: Monday, 6.30-8pm at Seven Islands Leisure Centre. Tel: 020 7237 3296
    Family Disability Swim:
    Dulwich Leisure Centre. Disability and hydrotherapy swimming sessions are run at Peckham Pulse Healthy Living Centre. The hydrotherapy pool floor is moveable for the ideal swimming depth. Check times for sessions for over 16s and adults.
  • SENsational Trampolining and Swimming

    Sport England funding has been awarded to Cambridge House and the London PE and School Sports Network to deliver ‘SENsational Sports’, a programme of Swimming and Trampolining sessions tailored for young people with learning disabilities aged 14-25.
    Trampolining is on Tuesdays 3.45-5pm at Bacon's College, Timber Pond Road, SE16. £2 per session (22 Apr-1 July)
    Swimming is on Fridays at 3.45-5pm at Peckham Pulse Hydrotherapy Pool, 10 Melon Road, SE15 5QN (25 Apr-4 July)
    If you are interested or have any queries please contact: Beatriz Dominguez at Cambridge House on: or tel: 020 7358 7014.
  • Sailing Age 8+

    Tideway Sailability Weds, Thurs & Sun.
    Tideway Sailability is a unique volunteer-run, sailing club in central London where people with disabilities participate on equal terms to those without a disability. Tideway Sailability, Surrey Docks Water Sports Centre. Tel:  020 7237 9001.

  • TennisAbility in Dulwich

    TennisAbility holds sessions at Dulwich Lawn Tennis club for visually impaired, hearing impaired, those with learning difficulties and wheelchair users. TennisAbility offers the opportunity for disabled children and adults to have fun and play tennis whatever their ability. For more details please email: or go to:
  • Wheels for Wellbeing - cycling for the disabled in Herne Hill

    Wheels for Wellbeing in Lambeth run weekly cycling sessions for disabled young people at:
    The Herne Hill Velodrome, 104 Burbage Road, SE24 9HE.  Mondays 11-1.30pm. £3 per participant, £1 per parent/carer. Find out more on:  or tel: 020 7346 8482. There are also sessions in Croydon and Lewisham.
  • All Ability Cycling

    A new all-ability session at Corelli College on Saturdays at 1.30 run by cycling club Limited Edition. The session is aimed at riders with every type of disability, and their families and carers. Cycles will be provided and the fleet currently comprises adult tricycles, child tricycles (2 with full thoracic support) and hand cycles.Cost is only £1 per rider with one carer admitted free. For more information call 07904 628814. Everyone is invited to come and have a try of the trikes.
  • Gymnastics Age 4-16 - Southwark Gymnastics

    Thursday, 5.30-6.30pm at Harris Academy Peckham. Tel: Andrew on 07939 232090 or Maria on 07751204034, email:, website:

  • Sport without Limits: RLSB

    RLSB's programme is for blind and partially sighted children and young people aged 8-30, with sessions around London and South East. A great way to build confidence, meet new firends and lead an active lifestyle. For more info, contact the Connections team on: or call 01732 592650 or go to:

  • Cricket Club: City of London Academy

    For session times, please contact: Si Ledwith,

  • New Female Disability Cricket Club

    A new female only disability cricket club has started at Downside Fischer Youth Club (Coxson place, Druid Street, SE1 2EZ) every Wednesday from 4:00-5:30pm for ages 11-18 years. For more information please contact the coach Beth Evans on 07980454236 or

  • Westminster House Youth Club - Wheelchair Sports Sessions

    Westminster House Youth Club is based at 29 Nunhead Grove, SE15 3LZ and runs disability awareness sessions and wheelchair sports sessions on Wednesday evenings from 6.30–7.30pm. If your child is aged 10-18 and would like to participate in the Wednesday wheelchair sport sessions, please call  Katie Worthington on 0207 639 5879 or 07961 165014.
  • Southwark Council

    Information about sports disability clubs in the Get Active section of the Southwark Council website - go to: Disability Sports. Or for more info, contact Amala Onuora on Tel: 0207 525 7304 or email:

SEN Play Sessions & Other Activities

  • SEN play session for under-5s: Ann Bernadt Children's Centre

    SEN drop-in play session for children under five with any additional needs/disabilities. Siblings are welcome. Wednesdays, 1.30-3.30pm. Ann Bernadt Children's Centre in Peckham. For more information, contact: 0207-525-0252.
  • Under 5s Sensory Session: Victory Primary School

    A relaxing sensory session for children with special and additional needs at Victory Primary School and Children’s Centre, Elba Place, Rodney Road, SE17 1PT.
    Fridays from 10am-12pm. Children can experience sensory stimulation with toys that aid learning and have fun in a den with sensory lights. It is also an opportunity for parents to share experiences and make new friends. For more information please call Sarah Quinn on 020 7703 5722.
  • Under 5s Sensory Room: Albrighton Centre

    Calming sensory experience for children with developmental concerns or a disability. Children aged 4 and under, ages 5-7 with permission. Saturday morning 9.30-11.00am. Albrighton Ccommunity Centre, Albrighton Road, SE22 8AH. Contact South Camberwell Children's Centre: 0207 274 1829 or Pam: 07927 299548 or Albrighton: 020 7737 6186.
  • Gambado Softplay Beckenham: SEN Evenings

    Gambado runs monthly SEN-only evenings - softplay fun exclusively for children with disabilities. Entry for all children is £6 and the carer/parent goes free. Dates for 2014 are: Monday 7 July, 4 August, 1 September at 5-6.30pm. Then Monday 6 October, 3 November and 1 December from 6.30-8pm. For more info, go to the Gambado Beckenham Facebook page.
  • Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground

    Short break service, referral from Children With Disabilities and Complex Needs team and/or initial assessment paid for by direct payments. Bolton Crescent SE5 0SE, tel: 020 7735 1819. Contact: Beverley Salmon
  • Grow & Learn Garden Project

    Grow & Learn offers young people aged 14-16 years with a learning difficulty, complex needs or disability the opportunity to realise their aspirations to progress towards employability, increase their confidence and and develop independence skills. Grow & Learn, a vegetable growing project, runs on Wednesdays at Burgess Park, and offers the opportunity for students to gain a City & Guilds Level 1 qualification in Work Based horticulture.
    Contact: Shirley Wisbach on 0207 7202212 or email For more info:

  • RLSB - Parent & Toddler Group and Bridge Social & Peer Group

    The Royal London Society for the Blind (RLSB) Southwark Parent & Toddler Group:
    An informal, friendly session for families and their blind and partially sighted children (aged 0-6). Each group is run by specialist staff, including Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired (QTVIs) and therapists. Support for your child in developing: knowledge and understanding of the world; communication and social skills; ease of movement and mobility; confidence and creativity. Sessions take place on Thursdays, 9:30-12pm, at Sunshine House, 27 Peckham Road, Southwark, London, SE15 8HU. For more information visit: or contact the Connections team on or call 01732 592650.
    RLSB Bridge Social & Peer Group:
    The RLSB Bridge Social and Peer Group for blind and partially sighted young people in South London will give you the chance to meet new people, get involved in planning the group’s programme and trying out a range of activities. For more information visit: or contact the Connections team on or call 01732 592650.
  • Heart n Soul: The Beautiful Octopus Club

    Heart n Soul is a leading performing arts organisation in Deptford that runs clubs, music sessions and live events for young people with learning disabilities, aged 10-25. Heart n Soul also run the regular Squidz Club at the Albany, Deptford, as well as training and taking part activities. Find out more at:
  • Down's Syndrome Saturday Play Group

    The sessions run every 1st Saturday of the month from 10am-12pm at the Chandlers Hall, 15 Lambeth Walk, Kennington, London, SE11 6DU, in the yellow brick, round-fronted building next to the doctor's surgery on Lambeth Walk. The sessions are open to all parents and carers of children with Down’s Syndrome and are run as informal ‘drop in’ sessions, you can just turn up at any time, have a tea/coffee and stay for as long as you like. Siblings are very welcome and there is a range of toys and activities available for children of all ages. It’s FREE (kindly funded by the China Walk TRA and Ethelred Family Centre). Contact: Richard Hurry tel: 07970 418199

  • Peckham Rye Park Adventure Playground: SEN Session

    Southwark's Play Service offers a free, exclusive session for children with autism or a learning disability and their parent/carers at Peckham Rye Park Adventure Playground on Sundays 11am-2pm (term time only).

  • Resources for Autism – Clubs & Home Support

    Resources for Autism runs play and activitiy groups:
    Sunday 12.30-4.30pm: 8-14 years at Beormund Community Centre, 177 Abbey Street, SE1 2AN.
    Monday 6–8 pm: Evening Youth Club for ages 15– 19 at Spa School, Monnow Road, SE1 5RN.
    To apply to either group, tel: 020 8458 3259 or go to: or contact Catherine Ely at: One to one support is available. All staff are autism trained and experienced.
    Resources for Autism also runs a Reach Out home support service and holiday playschemes in Southwark. This is for families with children of any age up to 19. To apply, tel: 020 8458 3259 or go to:

  • KIDS sibling project

    KIDS Southwark tel: 020 7701 2826 - Southwark residents who help look after a brother or sister with a disability. Meet other siblings, make friends and share experiences. Opportunities to have fun and take part in activities through attending small groups and ongoing regular meetings outside the family home.
  • Autism Friendly Cinema Screenings

    There are regular Autism Friendly Screenings at Greenwich Picturehouse, Clapham Picturehouse and Ritzy Picturehouse cinemas. Tickets for all screenings are £3 per person, including carers. Wheelchair users must book in advance. There is also an Autism Friendly Kids Club at Stratford Picturehouse in East London, with screenings on the first Saturday of every month. For more info, go to: or email Lucy Orr at:
  • The Salmon Youth Centre: Club & Befriending Scheme

    The Salmon Youth Centre in Bermondsey hosts a 14+ disability youth club 'Mixables' on Fridays from 3.30-5.30pm called Mixables. The Salmon Youth Centre also runs a befriending scheme Connect 2 for young people who have a disability. Connect 2 matches a volunteer aged 18-30 with a young person aged 14-19 years old with a mild to moderate disability (ie. who have a Statement of SEN but are probably not getting services from Children with Disabilities Team) to meet up once a fortnight and assist them to access leisure and social services. For both of the above, contact: Miranda Haslem on 020 7232 5301 or 07945 859051. Or call Salmon Youth Centre on: 020 7237 3788.

  • Whippersnappers: inclusive fun

    Whippersnappers is a vibrant, inclusive, community organisation which works out of Brockwell Lido in Brockwell Park and College Lodge in Dulwich Park. Whippersnappers delivers the following classes, which children and teenagers with additional needs in Southwark can access:
    • Independent Living Skills (Inclusive Cookery Classes) 12 – 19 years. Venue: College Lodge, Dulwich Park. Dates: Tuesdays 4-6pm (term-time only). Fully accessible kitchen. Please call 0207 738 6633 to reserve a place (£10 per class)
    •  Art and Drama Therapy club  for 5 – 11 year olds at College Lodge – Weds 3.30pm – 6pm referrals only -  funded by Children in Need.
    •  Under-fives Inclusive Music WorkshopsVenue: College Lodge and Brockwell Lido. Dates: Monday – Saturday (term-time only). Please call 0207 738 6633 to reserve a place (from £5.50 per class. FREE to children with disabilities and their siblings)
    •  Inclusive Summer Holiday Playscheme. Venue: Brockwell Lido and College Lodge. Dates: Mon 30th July – Fri 10th Aug. The scheme has availability for a number of FREE half-day one-to-one supported places for children with disabilities funded by Help A London Child. Please call 0207 738 6633 for further details. Whippersnappers also runs an inclusive after-school club at Brockwell Lido for 5–11 year olds. Activities include Acrobatics, Capoeira, Arts and Crafts, Cookery, Park Activities and Cinema Club. If you would like to access this service please call 0207 738 66 33.

    For more info, email: Whippersnappers also delivers disability awareness training to children centres, afterschool clubs, youth centres, community organisations and private businesses. Whippersnappers at:Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Rd, London, SE24 0PACollege Lodge, Dulwich Park, College Road, SE21 7BQ.
  • The Camden Society

    After-school clubs on Tues and Thurs (free) in Southwark and a holiday scheme (paid), for 11-18 year-olds with moderate/severe disability. Find out more, contact: or tel: 07772 680985.

Please also visit the Short Breaks section of Southwark Council's website, where there is further information about activities for disabled children and young people. You can download a list of all short break services in the borough.

This listing is not meant to be comprehensive and although we update it regularly, some of the information may not be correct. Please email us to advise of any changes or of any new Clubs or Activities you'd like to include in this section: