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Ealing have a variety of inclusive activities and services running daily, ranging from sports, arts, music and more. Whether you are a parent looking for activities for you and your child to enjoy or a young person keen to attend some new clubs, we hope this page will support you with finding what you are looking for. We have included information on things to do locally such as accessing children centres and youth clubs, as well days out in London including visiting museums, cinemas and more.

You may find our Events page useful to find out about what activities are taking place on a specific date.  Our Summer Activities in Ealing guide also provides a list of inclusive activities including playschemes taking place throughout Summer. 

Accessibility 

Some services on our directory will have symbols showing the different provisions they have in place to support young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) .

You can hover over the symbols to see what these provisions are, or you can view our Symbol Guide, which will explain what each symbol means. If you find a service that you like the look of, but find there are no symbols showing, this does not necessarily mean that you can’t attend. These are universal services, meaning all children and young people are welcome to join. However, please do contact the service directly to see how they can support your needs individually.

  • AccessAble is a website which can provide you with detailed information on a venues access, whether this be a restaurant, hotel, or cinema. You can search via postcode to find venues near you.  
  • Euans Guide allows you to search for venues all over the UK, access reviews on venues as well as information on accessibility.

If you know of any activities that are not currently listed but are inclusive to individuals with SEND, please let us know, by emailing children@ealing.gov.uk

Sports and Leisure

Leisure Centres

There are a number of leisure centres in Ealing offering various activities such as swimming, yoga, football, and more. 

If you have a disability and are aged 16+, or if you are in receipt of certain benefits, you may be eligible for a concession fee, which means you can get a discounted rate. Leisure centres will ask for proof of eligibility which can vary depending on the centre. 

Visit your nearest Leisure Centre to find out more:

On Your Marks - Disability and Mobility sessions available every Tuesday during Term at Northolt Leisure Centre.  Sessions vary from exercise classes, swimming lessons and multi sports.

Disabilities Sports Coach- Run community sports clubs inclusive to all regardless of disability or need.   

Ealing Wingz BMX- Ealing Wingz BMX run inclusive BMX sessions for children and young people with additional needs. Children and young people up to the age of 25 can apply.

DSActive- DSActive provide sporting opportunities for people with Downs syndrome. Currently , DSActive run tennis sessions every Friday in Acton for everyone aged 5+ to take part.

Heathrow Special Needs Centre- No matter what a persons’ ability there is always an activity that can be participated in and enjoyed at the Heathrow Special needs Centre ; such as horse riding, horticulture, and animal welfare. There is also a sensory garden and nature area to enjoy. Suitable for visitors aged 5 +.

Playgym @ Heathrow Gymnastics Club -Offers a soft-play area with a seperate unique sensory room for toddlers and children up to 7 years old. 

Disability Swim Sessions-  Various swimming sessions in Ealing held at leisure centres in the borough. 

View our directory of Sports activities 

Cinemas and Theatre

Discount at the cinema

You can apply for a CEA Card if you have a disability. The card entitles you to one free ticket for someone to accompany you to the cinema to provide the assistance you may need during your visit. Around 90% of cinemas accept the card, you can apply for the card and find out more on the CEA website.

www.ceacard.co.uk

Accessible cinema screenings

Accessible Screenings UK is a website that allows you to search for cinemas near you offering different types of screenings, including:

  • Autism Friendly screenings - subtly-adapted screenings which create an environment that is welcoming for people with a range of conditions such as autism, learning disabilities and cognitive disorders.
  • Audio described- provide a pre-recorded voice commentary that describes features such as action, body language expressions and movement 
  • Subtitled/captioned screenings- provide a transcription of the audio from a film, displayed at the bottom of the cinema screen.  

Autism-friendly performaces

The National Autistic Society regularly update their Autism -friendly days out  page, find out about Autism-friendly performances at the theatre which are a great way for children and young people with Autism to enjoy a live show.

www.autism.org.uk 

Museums

There are a number of museums in London catering to different interests such as arts, science and history.

Most museums are free to access but may charge for certain exhibitions or events, so it’s best to contact the museum directly for details on fees. You can also find out what’s running at a museum by visiting their website.

Some museums offer exhibitions specifically for children, youg peope and adults with additional needs:

  • The National History Museum offer a  Dawnasaurs Exhibition for children on the autism spectrum, opening early so that children can enjoy the museum at a quieter time.  
  • The Science Museum offer a Night Owls (for 16+) and Early Bird (children and their families) session for those who benefit from visiting the museum at a less busier time.(for example, children, young people and adults with autism or sensory processing differences).
  • The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green offer 'Making SENse Family packs' that can be borrowed for free. They include maps, toys to touch, activity suggestions and ear defenders. PECS symbols and a photo booklet are included to help with communication. Read more about V&A Museum of Childhood

Before visiting a museum, you may wish to find out about thier accessibility to ensure you get the most out of your day out. Accessable and Euans Guide are both websites that can provide details around accesiblity for venues throughout the UK, including musuems.

You can also contact museums directly to find out more about their accessibility, some museums even have officers that can provide assistance to you on our visit.

When accessing museums ,or any activity, especially if they are not close to where you live, it may be useful to plan your day, for example - plan how you will get to and from the museum and what areas or exhibitions you would like to visit.   Read our 'Planning your Days Out' section below for more information.

Children Centres and Youth Clubs

Children's Centres 

Ealing have 27 children centres within the borough offering various activities for children aged 0-5 such as stay and play, song and rhyme, cooking classes and more. Activities can vary depending on the centre, please view the centres latest timetable to find out what’s running.

Find my nearest Children's Centre

Youth Centres and Clubs

There are various Youth Centres in Ealing offering a space for young people to meet others, engage in activities involving music, gaming cooking and more. Some youth cenres also run various projects.

Westside Disability Project

Westside's Disability Project is held the Westside Young People's Centre and is  specifically for young people with addtional needs from the ages of 13- 25 yrs old. The project runs various activities  such as monthly discos, cooking, sports, fun filled workshops, trips and opportunities for young people to have a wider social life.  Parents, carers, guardians and young people can make a self-referral to the inclusive sessions. 

Tel: 079 7063 7432

Find out more about the project

Ealing Mencap Youth Club

Ealing Mencap are a learning disability charity in Ealing that  run various social clubs and activities including a Youth Club, After School Club and Saturday Club. Young people aged 14-25 with special educational needs can attend the sessions. get in touch with Ealing Mencap on the details below if you would like to join the clubs.

Tel: 020 8566 9575

Find out more about Ealing Mencap 

Youth Club at Northolt Park 

Northolt Park Children's centre run a free youth club session every Monday (excluding bank holidays) from 6.30pm-10pm for young people aged 13-19 (up to 25 for young people with special educational needs and disability).  

Tel: 020 8864 7614 

A list of all Youth Clubs in Ealing can be found on Young Ealing 

View a list of activities for young people on our directory 

Parks in Ealing

Ealing have a large number of parks and open spaces all over the borough providing a play space for children or a place to exercise.  

Different parks offer different facilities e.g. some have playgrounds and some even have an adult fitness area.  You can read about parks and their accessibility in your local area by clicking on the links below. 

• Acton parks
• Ealing parks
• Greenford parks
• Hanwell parks
• Northolt parks
• Perivale parks
• Southall parks 

Stay and Plays

Stay and Plays provide children with the opportunity to have access to a variety of toys and activities , as well as socialise around other children similar to thier age. Sessions also provide parents and carers with the opportunity to socialise with other families and play wih thier child in a relaxed, fun environment.

Stay and Plays in Ealing Children Centres

Ealing has 27 children centres, located all around the borough to ensure everyone can easily access the centres. Every children's centre offers stay and play sessions during the week, some even offer weekend sessions. Why not visit your nearest centre, or access thier timetable online to discover stay and play sessions, as well as a variety of other activities that you and your child can enjoy. Stay and Play sessions are free, however some centres may ask for a small donation. 

Find my nearest children centre

You can contact the Ealing Family Information Service if you would like some support in finding a centre near you. 

Tel: 020 8825 5588 

Start2gether

The Log Cabin Charity run Start2gether- stay and play sessions for children with disabilities and additional needs and thier siblings aged 0-11. Running every Saturday during term time, start2gether sessions specialise in sensory-based and stimulating activities for a variety of needs. Sessions are free for 0-5's, or a £2 contribution is required for children aged 6-11yrs.

Tel:  020 8840 3400 - Option 1

P.E.S.T.S Stay and Play

P.E.S.T.S (Parents of Ealing Self-Help Training Scheme) provide weekly play & support sessions at Windmill Children's Centre for children aged 0-5 with special educational needs and/or disability. Sessions are carefully structured to provide activities according to each child's need/stage of development, allowing them to flourish in a stimulating and nurturing environment, supervised by experienced staff and volunteers. A specific diagnosis is not necessary, if there is an acknowledged developmental concern.  You will need to get in touch with P.E.S.T.S in the first instance as a referral is required, however sessions are free to attend.

Tel: 020 8571 9954

HOOP App 

The HOOP app advertises actvities near you for children aged 0-11 including stay and plays and baby and toddler groups. HOOP also has a SEND category, where you find find activities specifically tailored for children with special educational needs and disability. 

www.hoop.org.uk

We list a variety of stay and play sessions and activities on our Ealing Families Directory.

Holiday Playschemes

Holiday Playschemes provide families with childcare during the summer holidays, easter holidays and half term breaks. As well as offering childcare , playschemes provide the opportunity for children to play, mix with others their age, try new outdoor activities or go on exciting day trips.  

Log Cabin Charity

The Log Cabin Charity offers holiday playschemes for children aged 4-15 and can provide around 65 places , including some children who require 1:1 care.  Children can participate in a wide range of activities, including day trips to local playgrounds, museums, parks swimming etc. 

Transport to and from the playground can be provided where neccessary for children with additional needs and disabilities whose parents or carers are unable to ring them. 

Funding may also be available for parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs and/or disability. Please contact your social worker or, Ealing Children's Integrated Response Service (ECIRS), to find out if you are eligible for short breaks.

Tel:  020 8840 3400 - Option 1

Start2gether

The Log Cabin Charity run  Start2gether- stay and play sessions for children with disabilities and additional needs and thier siblings aged 0-11. Running every Saturday during term time, start2gether sessions specialise in sensory-based and stimulating activities for a variety of needs. Sessions are free for 0-5's, or a £2 contribution is required for children aged 6-11yrs.

Tel:  020 8840 3400 - Option 1

Cambridge School Play Service

The Cambridge School in Hammersmith run a personalised play service for children and families with special educational needs and disabilities.  Cambridge will be open throughout the school holidays and each Saturday to children between the ages of 8 and 16 and thier siblings. Children can help to plan activities and trips would could include swimming, cooking ,sensory play, arts and crafts and more.  Playschemes are open to children and young people from all boroughs.

If interested, get in touch with the Cambridge School directly on learnthroughplay@cshf.co.uk

We also advertise a list of all holiday playschemes in Ealing on our Ealing Families Directory. 

View our directory of Holiday Playschemes

Planning your days out

Wherever you are going it is always a good idea to plan your trip to ensure you know where you are going and that you are taking the most convenient route to you.

You can plan your journey on the TFL website, which will allow you to check what public transport you may need and how long it will take. You can also download a step free guide which will show you which stations you can access without using stairs.

Useful resources

Scope, the leading disability charity, have put together an online guide to days out.

National Autistic Society have a useful online resource, find out tips on planning your day, and details of autism friendly upcoming events.

Discounts

Max Card

Families of children with additional needs can apply for a max card to get free or discounted admissions at various venues across the UK. In Ealing, the Ealing Parent & Carer Forum (EPCF) are the provider for the Max Card. If you wish to obtain a max card, please contact the EPCF directly on info@epcf.org.uk 

CEA Card

You can apply for a CEA card which can provide one free ticket for someone to accompany you on your trip to the cinema to provide the assistance you may need.

www.ceacard.co.uk

Useful links and resources

Scope- Days Out Guide Scope, the disability charity, have put together tips to get the most out of your days out.

National Autistic Society- Autism Friendly Days outFind out about autism friendly events including cinemas, theatres and tips for your holidays.

Ealing Mencap- Saturday clubs and youth clubs for young people aged 14-25 with SEND.

HOOP- A free app to find out what activities are taking place for children aged 0-11 near you

CEA Card-  Apply for a card that enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema.

 

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