Staffordshire County Council|

South Staffordshire

Information on some activities and services for children and young people with a disability or additional need and their families is available below.   

Please note Staffordshire County Council is not responsible for the content of external web sites linked from this page. 

Service/Provider:

Action for Children Staffordshire Shared Care - Various Activities (Aiming High Activity) 

Description:

Range of activities for children and young people with a disability or additional need who live in East Staffordshire, Lichfield, South Staffordshire and Tamworth.

Activities include:

  • Trips out
  • Leisure activities – bowling, sports events, concerts, pampering sessions, eating out and shopping
  • Cooking, sports days, arts or drama days, treasure hunts
  • Activity Days- days at outdoor education centres or other activity centres
  • Volunteering
When?

After school, evenings, weekends and school holidays throughout the year.

Where? Various venues in South Staffordshire, East Staffordshire (including Uttoxeter and Burton), Tamworth and Lichfield (including Burntwood). 
Available to:

Children and young people aged 5-17 years old with a disability or additional need who live in East Staffordshire, Lichfield, South Staffordshire and Tamworth.

All activities are free of charge. 

Contact details:

Beth Ashby, Service Coordinator
Telephone: 01543 510143
Email: beth.ashby@actionforchildren.org.uk|

  

Service/Provider: Action for Children Staffordshire Shared Care - Community Support Service (Aiming High Service)
Description:

Community Support Service – to support children and young people to go out in the community and access leisure activities.

When?

Dates and times will be agreed in consultation with families. 

Where? Various leisure venues across Staffordshire.
Available to:

Children and young people aged 0-17 years old with a disability or additional need from across Staffordshire. 

This service is free of charge. 

Contact details:

Jane Townsend
Telephone: 01543 510143 



Service/Provider: Albrighton Moat Project
Description:

A range of educational and leisure facilities for disabled children, young people and their families.  Activities include fishing, golf and various arts and crafts. 

When? Various times.  Please call the number below to make a booking. 
Where? Blue House Lane, Albrighton, Near Wolverhampton, WV7 3FL.
Available to: Disabled children and young people of all ages and their families. 
Contact details: Telephone: 01902 372441.
Email: moat@albrightontrust.org.uk|
Website: www.albrightontrust.org.uk|

 

Service/Provider: Autism West Midlands Helpline
Description: Helpline providing advice and information about Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Asperger Syndrome or Autism related services in the West Midlands. 
When? Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.30am - 4pm. 
Wednesdays and Fridays 9.30am - 2.30pm. 
Closed evenings, weekends and bank holidays. 
Where?

Helpline. 

Available to: Children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders or Asperger Syndrome and their families living in Staffordshire.  The service is also available to professionals. 
Contact details: Telephone: 0121 450 7575.
Email: info@autismwestmidlands.org.uk|
Website: www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk|

 

Service/Provider: Carers Association Southern Staffordshire (CASS) - Young Carers Project
Description: CASS Young Carers Project offers information, advice and emotional support to children and young people under the age of 18 years old who care for somebody with a chronic/terminal illness, disability, mental health problem, alcohol or drug addiction.  Support is provided through a variety of ways including one to one support , group work and youth clubs.
When? Various times. 
Where? All services run from various venues in Tamworth, Lichfield, Stafford, Stone, Cannock, Rugeley, South Staffordshire and Burton. 
Available to: Children and young people up to 18 years old who provide care for somebody. 
Contact details: Telephone: Mandy Rollins 01785 606675.
Email: carers@gn.apc.org|

 
 

Service/Provider: Chuckle Productions - Musical Theatre Workshop (Aiming High Activity)
Description: Fun musical theatre workshop. 
When?

Thursday 24 July 10am-12noon.

Where?

Wombourne Library, Church Road, Wombourne, WV5 9EZ.

Available to:

8 to 15 year olds with disabilities or additional needs. Activities are suitable for young people with a wide range of disabilities and support needs. Parents/carers do not need to stay.

This activity is free of charge.

Booking is essential.

Contact details:

Sara Christie
Telephone: 07837 741510
Email: fun@chuckleproductions.org| 



 

Service/Provider: Codsall Special Needs Support Group
Description: Parent support group.  Trips and activities during the school holidays. 
When? Monthly meetings and school holidays. 
Where? Codsall Leisure Centre. 
Available to: Parents and carers with disabled children of all ages. 
Contact details: Telephone: Barbara 01902 844216. 
 


Service/Provider: Disabled Afloat Riverboat's Trust (DART) Holidays
Description: Short breaks and respite care for people with physical or learning disabilities together with their carers, families and friends.
When? Throughout the year.
Where? Nationwide.
Available to: All ages and various types of disabilities are catered for. 
Contact details: Telephone: Heather Hodges 07778 842358.
Email: glosdart@cix.co.uk|

 

Service/Provider: Donna Louise Trust Children's Hospice
Description: Respite and end of life care for children from all over Staffordshire and South Cheshire.  The hospice provides a safe, caring environment for children and young people who have a life threatening illness and their families.  A siblings group which provides fun activities and outings with children in similar circumstances is also available. 
When? The hospice is currently open 4 days a week. 
Where? The Donna Louise Trust Children's Hospice, Trentham, Stoke on Trent. 
Available to: Children and young people aged 0 - 19 years old who have a life threatening illness and their families. 
Contact details: Telephone: Christina Hunter 01782 654444.

 

Service/Provider: Down's Heart Group
Description: Support for people with Down's Syndrome and heart problems as well as their families and professionals working with them.  Support is available via the website, information sheets, newsletters as well as by telephone, email and face to face.  Conferences and family fun events take place throughout the year. 
When? Office hours or 24 hour answer machine.
Where? Nationwide.
Available to: People with Down's Syndrome and heart defects, their families and professionals. 
Contact details: Telephone: 0844 288 4800.
Email: info@dhg.org.uk|
Website: www.dhg.org.uk|

  

Service/Provider: Family Focus
Description: Support for parents of children under 5 years old. 
When? Meetings take place once a month on a Tuesday evening. 
Where? 41 Horsefair, Rugeley, WS15 2EJ.
Available to: Parents of children under 5 years old. 
Contact details: Telephone: Amy Brookes 07969 073079. 

 

Service/Provider: Golf Academy - Golf Coaching and Play (Aiming High Activity)
Description:

Golf coaching and activities for the whole family. All golf equipment is provided free of charge.  No experience necessary.  

When?

Every Monday (5-7pm) and Saturday (3-5pm) throughout the year including school holiday periods.  For information on holiday clubs please contact Craig.   

Where?

The Range, Wood Farm, Broad Lane, Essington, Near Wolverhampton, WV11 2RJ.

Available to:

Children and young people aged 6-17 years old with a disability or additional need who live in Staffordshire. 

Siblings and parents/carers are also welcome. 

Activities are free of charge and all equipment is provided. 

Booking is essential. 

Contact details:

Craig Thomas:
Telephone: 07973 798483 
Email: info@thegolfacademy.co.uk|

   


Service/Provider: Let Us Play
Description: Activities for disabled children and young people including, cycling, sports and arts and crafts. 
When? Twice a week and school holidays. 
Where? Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton.
Available to: Disabled children and young people aged 5 - 18 years old. 
Contact details: Telephone: Aldersley Stadium 01902 403357. 



Service/Provider: Mercian Ability Partnership
Description: A user led organisation which supports disabled people of all ages and their carers.  The organisation runs support groups and helps people with disabilities to become more independent. 
When? Various times. 
Where? Various locations within the community. 
Available to: Disabled people of all ages and their carers in South Staffordshire and North Warwickshire. 
Contact details: Telephone: Christine Fortune on 01827 307712.
Email: cfortune@mercian-ability.org.uk|| 
Minicom: 01827 54268.
Address: Mercian Ability Partnership, Tamworth Day Service, Silica Road, Tamworth, B77 4DT.

 

Service/Provider: National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)
Description:

NDCS is a national charity which aims to create a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.  NDCS is made up of families, parents and carers who provide emotional and practical support through a freephone helpline and other support services.  Free membership is available to parents, carers and professionals who support deaf children and young people.  NDCS can also help with welfare rights, benefit claims and with making educational choices.  Events and activities are free to members. 

When? Freephone helpline is open Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5pm and Saturday 9.30am - 12pm.
Where? Nationwide.
Available to: Parents and carers of deaf children aged 0 - 18 years.
Contact details:

Freephone Helpline: 0808 800 8880.
Email: helpline@ndcs.org.uk|

  

Service/Provider: Progressive Sports
Description: Football and other sports courses in the school holidays. 
When? Various dates and times. 
Where? Various locations in Staffordshire.
Available to: Children and young people aged 5 - 13 years old including those with disabilities.
Contact details: Telephone: 0845 0941827.
Email: info@progressive-sports.co.uk|

 

Service/Provider: Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)
Description: RDA supports people with disabilities to horse ride to benefit their health and wellbeing and to achieve their goals. 
When? Variety of times - please contact Susie Guild on the number below for more information. 
Where? RDA centres are based in various parts of Staffordshire.  For details on venues please contact Susie Guild on the number below. 
Available to: Disabled people aged 4 years old and above. 
Contact details: Telephone: Susie Guild 01785 850473. 

  

Service/Provider: Sibs
Description: Sibs is the UK organisation for brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults.  Support and information is available for siblings who are growing up with or who have grown up with a brother or sister with any disability, long term chronic illness, or life limiting condition. 
When? Various times. 
Where? Please see contact details below.
Available to: Siblings who are growing up with or who have grown up with a brother or sister with any disability, long term chronic illness, or life limiting condition. 
Contact details: Telephone: 01535 645453.
Email: info@sibs.org.uk| 
Website: www.sibs.org.uk| 

 

Service/Provider: Socatots
Description: Football lessons for children aged 2 - 5 years old.
When? Various dates throughout the year.
Where? Various locations in Staffordshire. 
Available to: Children aged 2 - 5 years old including those with disabilities.
Contact details: Telephone: Eddie Wray 07970 100705.
Email: e.ray@socatots.com|

  

Service/Provider: South Staffs Sailing Club
Description: Sailing for the disabled. 
When? Various times.  Please telephone the number below to make a booking. 
Where? Gailey Lower Pool, near Cannock.
Available to: Disabled children, young people and adults with various disabilities. 
Contact details: Telephone: Wendy Shipley on 07737 776885.

 

Service/Provider: Special Friends Online
Description: Social networking website for children and young people with learning difficulties and their families as well as professionals.  The What's On Guide section of the website has information about local events and activities. 
When? Ongoing.
Where? www.specialfriendsonline.com|  
Available to: Children and young people of all ages with learning difficulties as well as their families and professionals.  Membership is free and available to everyone who has access to an email address.  There is a facility on the site for people who find it difficult to use a keyboard. 
Contact details: Email: info@specialfriendsonline.com| 

 

Service/Provider: Specialist Support Service, Visual Impairment Team - Various Activities (Aiming High Activity)
Description:

Activities for children and young people with a visual impairment and their siblings.

When?

1. Pony Trekking - Cannock Chase Trekking Centre on Friday 11 July, 6-8pm.

2. Other activities - for information on other activities taking place throughout the year please contact Sarah Wallett using the contact details below.

Where?

Please see above.

Available to:

Children and young people with a visual impairment aged 5-17 years old from Staffordshire. Siblings and friends are also welcome to take part in some activities.

All activities are free of charge.

Booking is essential.

Contact details:

Sarah Wallett
Telephone: 01785 356838
Email: sarah.wallett@staffordshire.gov.uk|



 

Service/Provider: Special Olympics Codsall
Description: Swimming for people with a disability. 
When?

Mondays 8.30 - 9.45am.

Saturdays 4.30 - 6.30pm.

Where? Codsall Leisure Centre.
Available to: People of all ages with a disability. 
Contact details: Telephone: 01902 844032. 
 

Service/Provider:

Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent (SASSOT) - Inspire Sports Clubs (Aiming High Activity)

Description:

Inspire Multi Sports Clubs offering a range of sports.  

When?

Various times and venues.  For more information please follow this link to the Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent website|.   

Where? Please see above. 
Available to:

Children and young people from Staffordshire with a disability or additional need aged 5-17, siblings and parents. 

All activities are free of charge. 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01785 619585
Email: disabilitysport@staffordbc.gov.uk|

For more information or to register for any of the clubs please contact Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent using the contact details above or visit the website using the link above.  Please note that sessions are subject to change - please check before attending.   

 


Service/Provider: Staffordshire Football Association - After School Football (Aiming High Activity)
Description:

Free after school football sessions for children and young people with a disability or additional need.

Courses last for 10 weeks and run at a range of educational establishments and community venues including mainstream schools, colleges, special schools and short stay schools.

Schools, colleges and community groups interested in offering this activity should contact Staffordshire FA on the contact details below.

When?

Times vary at each venue. 

Where?

Various schools/colleges/venues across Staffordshire. 

Available to:

Children and young people aged 5-17 years with a disability or additional need from across Staffordshire. 

Parents, carers and siblings are also welcome to attend. 

This activity is free of charge. 

Contact details:

Jamie Leaning
Telephone: 01785 256994 or 07816 536446 
Email: jamie.leaning@staffordshirefa.com |

   


Service/Provider: Staffordshire Outdoor Education Service (Entrust) - Residential Weekend (Aiming High Activity)
Description:

Residential family weekend with lots of fun and adventurous activities for all the family. Activities could include climbing, bushcraft, rope courses, BMX trail cycling and much more.

When?

Friday 12-Sunday 14 September (arrival from 4pm Friday and departing by 2pm on Sunday).

Where?

Laches Wood Outdoor Education Centre, Laches Lane, Slade Heath, Wolverhampton, WV10 7PA.

Available to:

Activities are led by teams of experienced outdoor instructors and are suitable for children and young people of all ages with a wide range of disabilities and support needs. Parents/carers must attend and siblings are also welcome.  All activities are fully accessible. 

This activity is free of charge.

Booking is essential. 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01782 791422 
Email: oec@entrust-ed.co.uk|



 

Service/Provider:

Staffordshire Umbrella Network (SUN Groups)

Description: A network of parent representatives and professionals who are interested in looking at issues affecting children with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.
When?

Various times.

Where?

Various venues.

Available to:

Parents of children with special education needs or disabilities and professionals. 

Contact details:

For more information please contact Marie Wood from the Parent Partnership Service at spps@staffordshire.gov.uk|



 

Service/Provider:

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust - Family Fun Day (Aiming High Activity)

Description:

Lots of fun outdoor activities for the whole family including games, bug hunts, shelter building and much more. 

When?

Sunday 28 September (10am-1pm).

Where?

Highgate Common, Cory Community Building, Highgate Road, South Staffs, DY7 5BS.

Available to:

4-17 year olds with a disability or additional needs and their parents/carers and siblings. 

Parents/carers must stay with their children throughout the activity. 

The venue has disabled toilets and accessible pathways but it is advisable to check with staff before your visit to make sure that the venue is suitable for your child’s needs. Activities are suitable for young people with a variety of disabilities but personal care cannot be provided by staff. 

This activity is free of charge. 

Booking is essential. 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01889 880105     
Email: education@staffs-wildlife.org.uk|

     
 

Service/Provider:

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust - Wildplay (Aiming High Activity)

 

Description:

Lots of exciting activities including mini-beast hunting, pond dipping, grass sledging, assault courses, den building and games. 

When?

10am-3pm on:     

Monday 11 August
Monday 18 August

Where?

Highgate Common, Cory Community Building, Highgate Road, South Staffs, DY7 5BS.

Available to:

8-14 year olds with a disability or additional needs. This activity is accessible for young people with a wide range of disabilities and support needs. 

Parents and carers do not need to stay. Support with personal care needs is not available, however, parents/carers are welcome to attend with young people who need this support. The site has a disabled toilet and is accessible for young people who use a wheelchair but please discuss this with the activity leader when booking.  

This activity is free of charge.

Booking is essential.   

Contact details:

Telephone: 01889 880105
Email: education@staffs-wildlife.org.uk|



 

Service/Provider: steps
Description: Helpline for parents and carers of children with lower limb conditions. 
When? Various times. 
Where? Helpline:
Available to: Parents and carers of children with a lower limb conditions. 
Contact details: Telephone Joanne Thompson on 01827 737874. 
Helpline:  01925 750271.

 

Service/Provider: Steps Charity - Toy Library
Description:

A toy library offering specialised and mainstream toys which have been specially adapted for use by disabled children.  Steps offers a postal library membership scheme, where for a fee, families can access over 4,000 toys.  For more information please see the poster and booklet below:

PDF Document Steps Toy Library Poster|

PDF Document Steps Membership Scheme Booklet|

 

When? Please see above. 
Where? Toys are delivered directly to families. 
Available to: Children and young people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or developmental delay. 
Contact details:

Steps Charity:
Telephone: 01803 214124.
Website: www.stepscharity.org|

 

Service/Provider: St Nicholas ASD Group
Description: Family support group for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. 
When? Please telephone Donna Parker on the number below for information. 
Where? St Nicholas First School, Chillington Lane, Codsall, WV8 1AN. 
Available to: Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and their families. 
Contact details:

Telephone: Donna Parker 01902 434126
Email: office@stnicholas.staffs.sch.uk|

 

   


Service/Provider:

WINGS
Description: Support for families with disabled children and young people.  Activities for disabled children and young people are also available. 
When? School holidays. 
Where? Wings Centre, Gravel Hill, Wombourne, WV5 9HA. 
Available to: Disabled children and their families. 
Contact details: Telephone: 01902 892222.
Email: mail@wingssupport.com| 



Service/Provider: Wombourne Swimmers
Description: Swimming club for disabled children.
When? Sundays 12 - 1.15pm. 
Where? Wombourne Leisure Centre, Wombourne. 
Available to: Disabled children of all ages. 
Contact details: Telephone: 01902 898202. 


 

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