Stuff To Do - South Manchester

Here are some on-going activities in South Manchester suitable for children and young people with SEND. If we've missed anything, email ali.davenport@manchester.gov.uk. You can also email Ali to sign up to our newsletter and find out about free activities in the school holidays as part of the SEND Community Offer. 

For activities aimed at young people aged 18+, see the 'Young People (Up to 25)' section in The Local Offer SEND Information Hub

 

ARTS & MUSIC

 

Creative Wellbeing: Manchester-based Starling has a programme of free creative wellbeing activities for neurodivergent young people. Contact them through the website to register and see what is currently available. Young people with a diagnosis and self-identifying welcome.

 

Music Centres: Manchester has a range of inclusive and open access music centres across the city – and they're free! There are seven centres, offering musical activities and pathways for all ages and abilities, including steelpan, Irish music and Eastern European music. This includes a dedicated inclusive session at the South Music Centre in Chorlton High School - Saturday Sounds, 9.40-10.40am and 10.45-11.45am. Check out the My Hub website for venues and activities. 

 

 

GAMING & VIRTUAL ACTIVITY

 

Gaming Sessions: Join Everyone Can at their Technology & Gaming centre in Sale for their popular gaming sessions for disabled children. They have various games and control methods to ensure everyone can game, matching technology to your children’s needs. Find out more and book here.

 

 

GENERAL ACTIVITIES

 

Loads To Do: Check out Loads To Do, a one-stop shop to finding out about culture, leisure and sports activities in the city and near you.

 

Sensory Rooms: There is a low-priced sensory room (£6 per hour) at Benchill Community Centre in Wythenshawe. 

 

Wythenshawe Youth Club: ‘Our Space’ youth group meets at Benchill Community Centre in Wythenshawe on Fridays, 5.30-7pm. The club is for 5 to 16 year olds with additional needs and is a place where they can be themselves. For more information, contact Jo on jo_chloe@hotmail.com or 07715 563334.

 

 

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

 

Lego Clubs: Playing with Lego develops creative thinking, fine motor skills, problem solving, and builds attention span. It's also fantastic for stress reduction and co-operative play. Ask your local library if they have a club.

 

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

 

Leisure In The City: Find out about leisure activities in the city on the MCRactive website.

 

‘One City’ Multi-Sport & Youth Club: Free disability club on Tuesdays term-time 6-8pm, for 12 to 25 year olds at the Lifestyle Centre, Portway, Wythenshawe M22 1QW. Suitable for all disabilities, including wheelchair users. Contact paul.kelly2@cityfootball.com, 07881343844.

 

Physical Activity Referral Service: Greater Manchester Physical Activity Referral Service (PARS) offer a free 10-week programme for children and young people aged 5-17, connecting them with inclusive sports and activities in their local neighbourhood. They can also provide your family with simple tips and advice on how to eat healthy and improve your lifestyle. They welcome children and young people with SEND who are identified as being above a healthy weight. Speak to a health professional at your GP practice, check out the website, or contact PARS for more information - juniorpars@more-life.co.uk or 0161 511 0300.

 

Simply Cycling: Simply Cycling run low-cost adapated bike sessions starting on the hour for 45 minutes on the athletics track at Wythenshawe Park. They also offer group and 1-to-1 rides.

  

Swimming: There is free swimming for under 17s in the city during the school holidays - see the Manchester Active website or Wythenshawe Forum's own webpage.

 

 

YOUTH CENTRES 

 

Youth Involvement Team - Wythenshawe: The Youth Involvement Team at Wythenshawe Community Housing Trust runs a free Ability Group every Tuesday evening 6-8pm at The Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre in Wythenshawe. These are SEND open access sessions for 13-25 year olds and an opportunity for young people to engage in fun activities based on sport, arts & crafts and skills for life. Young people need to be signed up using this online form. Any questions or if you'd like a chat, contact Daniel Armitt, Senior Youth Worker, daniel.armitt@wchg.org.uk, 0161 936 1565, 07580 870078 or through the website information

 

 

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