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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.

Tel: 0207-525-0252

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:

Tel: 020 7703 5722

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 Community Centre Albrighton Road, SE22 8AH

Contact South Camberwell Children’s Centre on:

Tel: 0207 274 1829 or Pam: 07927 299548 or Albrighton: 020 7737 6186.

Gambado runs monthly SEN-only evenings – soft play 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

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. Email: Beverley Salmon

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 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:

Tel: 0207 7202212 Email Website:

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 More information:

Tel: 01732 592650 Email Connections team: Website:

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.

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:

The sessions run every 1st Saturday of the month from 10am-12pm at:

Chandlers Hall 15 Lambeth Walk Kennington London, SE11 6DU in the yellow brick, the 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 on:

Tel: 07970 418199 Email:

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 runs play and activity 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 Email Catherine Ely: Website:

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.

KIDS Southwark- 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.

Tel: 020 7701 2826 Email:

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.

Find out more:

Email Lucy Orr: Website:

The Salmon Youth Centre in Bermondsey hosts a 14+ disability youth club ‘Mixables’ on

Fridays from 3.30-5.30pm

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:

Tel: 020 7232 5301 or 07945 859051

Or Salmon Youth Centre on:

Tel: 020 7237 3788

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 at College Lodge, Dulwich Park

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

Wednesdays 3.30pm – 6:00pm

Referrals only –  funded by Children in Need.

  • Under-fives Inclusive Music Workshops at : College Lodge and Brockwell Lido.

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 at Brockwell Lido and College Lodge.

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.


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
  • Cinema Club

Whippersnappers also deliver disability awareness training to children centres, afterschool clubs, youth centres, community organisations and private businesses.

Whippersnappers Brockwell Lido Dulwich Rd London, SE24 0PA

College Lodge Dulwich Park College Road, SE21 7BQ

Tel: 0207 738 66 33 Email: Website: 

After-school clubs on Tues and Thurs (free) in Southwark and a holiday scheme (paid), for 11-18 year-old with a moderate/severe disability.

Find out more:

Tel: 07772 680985 Email:

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:

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