Stuff To Do - North Manchester

Here are some on-going activities in North 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

You can also search for activities in your area through our online directory. Start at our main Local Offer page

 

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. Check out the My Hub website for venues and activities in the north.

 

 

GAMING

 

Spectrum Gaming: Spectrum Gaming is a friendly and accepting community for autistic children and young people who have a shared passion for gaming. They can make friends, play games together and have fun. While most of the activity is online, they hold meet ups in Heaton Park. See the website to find out how to become part of the Spectrum Gaming community.

 

 

GENERAL ACTIVITIES

 

Activity Sessions (Autumn 22): Groundwork is offering an accessible session at Crumpsall Visitors Centre, Crumpsall Park, every Thursday 5-7pm. It’s for 11-18 year olds and includes pool, Xbox, painting, clay making and cooking. Young people can have fun and develop new skills in a safe space. For more information, contact Carlos on 07739 978 798. Part of the SEND Community Offer.

 

Heaton Park: This huge family park is four miles north of the city centre. One of the highlights is the free animal centre with resident alpacas, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and poultry. There are two free play areas and lots of places for walking and picnics. During the season, there is rowing and tram rides (paid activity). Find out more on the Manchester City Council website.

 

Libraries: There's a regular bulletin for children and families full of ideas and resources from Manchester Libraries and partners. Sign up here.

 

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.

 

Museums & Galleries: The Museum of Transport Greater Manchester in Cheetham Hill is open Wednesdays and weekends. Accompanied under 16s visit free, disabled visitors free with proof of status. Manchester Jewish Museum is also in the Cheetham ward - there is an entry charge, with concessions. 

  

Sensory Rooms: Disabled Living have sensory rooms at Redbank House, north of the city centre from £10 for the hour. The rooms have a calming and interactive atmosphere with fibre-optic strands across the floor, twinkling lights, bubble tubes, water beds and much more. Parents and support workers free of charge.

 

 

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

 

Lego Clubs: Ask your local library if they have a Lego Club. 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. 

 

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

 

Football With City In The Community:  

‘One City’ Monday DSC - Free disability football club at City Football Academy, Etihad Campus M11 4TQ, the indoor dome, on Mondays term-time 8-9pm, 6 to 16 years. For girls and boys with most disabilities, although not suitable for wheelchair users. Park at CFA West Car Park off Alan Turing Way. Contact paul.kelly2@cityfootball.com, 07881343844. 

‘One City’ Tuesday DSC - Free disability football club at City Football Academy, Etihad Campus M11 4TQ, the indoor dome, on Tuesdays term-time 8-9pm, 16+. For men and women with most disabilities, although not suitable for wheelchair users. Park at CFA West Car Park off Alan Turing Way. Contact paul.kelly2@cityfootball.com, 07881343844.

‘One City’ Saturday Down Syndrome, Dwarf Sports & Visual Impaired Football - Free club on Saturdays term-time, 8-9pm, age 6 to adult, at the indoor dome, City Football Academy, Etihad Campus M11 4TQ. For girls and boys with most disabilities, although not suitable for wheelchair users. Park at CFA West Car Park off Alan Turing Way. Contact paul.kelly2@cityfootball.com, 07881343844.

 

Inclusive Cycling: Simply Cycling run low-cost adapted bike sessions at Boggart Hole Clough. They also offer group and 1-to-1 rides.

There are Simtech sessions on alternate Thursday evenings 5-6pm at the Velodrome. Sessions open to any rider age 12+ with either physical or learning disability. £9-10. See the National Cycling Centre website for more information and to book. (Autumn 22 – velodrome currently closed for refurbishment.)

 

Leisure Activities: Find out about leisure activities in the city on the MCRactive website. There is free swimming for under 17s in the city during the school holidays. 

 

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.

 

Swimming: There is free swimming for under 17s in the city during the school holidays - see the Manchester Active website.

 

 

YOUTH CENTRES 

 

Youth Zone - Harpurhey: Manchester Youth Zone has inclusion sessions (disabilities and/or additional needs) on Sundays 12-3pm for 8-25s. All new members can join on the website and will be asked to attend a New Members Meeting before joining sessions. If you’d like more information, visit the website or contact Corrina, the Inclusion Manager, for a chat at corrina.aitchison-hayles@manchesteryz.org or 0161 203 5333. 

 

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