There are many leisure activities in Calderdale for children, young people and adults with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities). There are places to go, groups to join and things to do! Here you can find activities run by us and others.

Please check our Facebook page for details: Calderdale Local Offer .

We are always looking for new and existing activities we can include for children and young people with SEND. If you know any we can include, please contact the Local Offer team.

There are a number of organisations offering grants for activities, day trips and holidays. You can find out more here: Days out, holidays and more.

Karen Binns Stage School

PDFOctober half-term timetable [PDF 268KB]


A fun festival to share your views about safeguarding for children and young people aged 9 to 17 years, parents/carers and professionals. 

Tickets available from Sophie.Boyles@Calderdale.gov.uk or call 01422 393184 or 07976169514 

Flour Power! Family baking for children with disabilities

Monday 17th September and Friday 19th October 2018

Flour Power! is for disabled young people aged 8 to 18. Through the appropriate delivery of bread making sessions, they will have the chance to take part in our baking classes. We will make and bake two fantastic breads for you to take away.

We ask that a family member come along and stay with their child on their first session. Although, families are always welcome to stay and join in. We will then work together to review any particular changes or adaptations for future events.

Please note: Love Bread does not have wheelchair access. However, we will be running fully accessible classes at Ravenscliffe School during the Autumn: dates to be confirmed.

Tickets are £13 and the activity lasts around two hours. You get to take home the bread you bake. If you do not eat it warm on the way home first!

Get your tickets from TicketTailor - Love bread

Location: Love Bread CIC at 7, Martin Street, HD6 1DA.

Calderdale Deaf Youth Hub activities Sept – Dec 2018

PDFSeptember to December 2018 activities [PDF 69KB]

Gig Buddies logo

Gig Buddies aims to promote social inclusion among people who have a learning disability by lowering the barriers they face around access to social activities. This can be going to the theatre, cinema, live music or any other leisure time activity. For more details, visit: Gig Buddies .

Leisure centres and pools

Membership to assist SEND children and young people aged 5 to 25 years to access Sport Services facilities.

For all inclusive activities at Calderdale leisure centres and pools for children and young people with additional needs (fun swim, Dance and sports), please see Activities and classes.

For all activities at Calderdale leisure centres and pools, please see: Activities and classes .

Some activities are designed for children and young people with SEND:

Facilities and Equipment

Our leisure centres and pools have the equipment needed to assist any disabled person to access the facility and activity. All staff working at Calderdale leisure and fitness centres are trained in the use of the equipment.

Venue Steps Mobile Hoist (poolside) Disabled changing area with mobile hoist Changing bed
Halifax pool Yes Yes Yes Yes with maxi hoist
Sowerby Bridge pool and fitness centre Yes Yes Yes Yes with maxi hoist
Brighouse pool and fitness centre Yes Yes Yes Yes with maxi hoist
Todmorden pool and fitness centre Yes Yes Yes Yes
North Bridge Leisure Centre No swimming pool at this venue. There is a mobile hoist to help access various activities, such as trampolining. Also for moving and handling requirements that arise with disability sport programmes.

Activities, courses and social & sports clubs

Details of the various different leisure activities available:

Top award for disability sports

We received an impressive regional accolade for our disability sports programme and continue our work to promote disability sports.

For the full press release, please read: PDFTop award for disability sports [PDF 133KB] .

You might also find useful:

  • Allotments : Working on an allotment is a great way to socialise, exercise and enjoy the fresh air. Everyone is welcome to apply. You do not need any previous experience as most sites have experienced tenants who will gladly share their knowledge, if required. For more details or an informal chat, contact: Diane Atha, Lettings Assistant, Safer Cleaner Greener, Spring Hall Mansion, phone: 01422 284412, or email: diane.atha@calderdale.gov.uk .
  • Eureka : See what events are taking place at Eureka!
  • Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum (HBDAF) : These have published a map of accessible routes around Hebden Bridge Centre. It shows wheelchair friendly pavements, accessible toilets, bus stops and parking spaces. The routes give easy access to people with impaired vision and mobility (around 11% of the population). It is available to view or print out on the Hebweb . You can get a free paper copy from:
    • Hebden Bridge Library;
    • Town Hall;
    • Visitor Centre;
    • Valley Medical Centre;
    • Hebden Bridge Station;
    • and various shops and cafes.
  • Mayfield Trust : Every year, the Mayfield Trust provides two weeks of summer holiday fun, learning and laughter. This is for children and young people with mild to profound learning difficulties and other complex needs.
  • Passport to Leisure / Orange Dot scheme : An orange dot is put onto your Passport to Leisure card. This lets a carer have free entry and use of facilities at some venues
  • Play Development Service : Free open access inclusive play sessions for children and young people aged 5 to 14 years old. These are run across Calderdale.
  • PDFSaturday Splat [PDF 210KB] : A group for children with additional needs, their parents and carers, and their siblings of any age.

See also