Stafford

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 - 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: 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: Cannock and Stafford Athletics Club
Description: Track and field events for children of all abilities. 
When? Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30 - 8.30pm.
Where? Rowley Park Stadium, Stafford. 
Available to: All children and young people aged 9 years old and above. 
Contact details: Telephone: Dave Crutchley 01922 418645.

 

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: Chase Aqua Rural Enterprise (CARE) - Countryside activities (Aiming High Activity)
Description:

Activities include meeting small animals (chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and turtles), collecting eggs, ‘Try It’ Angling sessions, sowing seeds, making flower planters, willow craft, cookery, pond dipping, arts and crafts plus much more. 

(Provision for wet/cold weather).

When?

For more information please contact Carol Parkes or Carol Carney. 

Where?

CARE, Carney Pools, Bishton Lane, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford, ST18 0XE.

Available to:

Children and young people aged 5-17 years old with a disability or additional need and their families who live in Staffordshire.  

Booking is essential. 

This activity is free of charge. 

Contact details:

Telephone: Carol Parkes 07772 273033  
or Carol Carney 07814 237211
Email: info@chaseaquaruralenterprise.com|



 

Service/Provider: Chuckle Productions - Chuckle Stars Workshops
Description:

Various musical theatre activities will be taking place including singing, dancing, acting, creating scenery/costumes and much more.  

When?

Saturdays 9.45am-12 noon. 

Where?

The Chuckle House, Unit 10, Stone Enterprise Centre, Emerald Way, Stone, ST15 0SR. 

Available to:

Young people with disabilities or additional needs and their families.  Please contact Chuckle Productions for more details on age ranges. 

Booking is essential. 

Contact details: Telephone: 07837 741510
Email: fun@chuckleproductions.org|


 

Service/Provider:

Crossroads Care Staffordshire - Various Activities (Aiming High Activity) 

Description:

Activities for children and young people with a disability or additional need aged 8-17 years old living in Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands and Newcastle. 

  • Swimming at Dimensions - Thursday 6 March 2014, 5-7pm. 
  • Day trip to Gullivers World in Cheshire - Sunday 30 March 2014, 10am-4pm. 

Other activities will also be taking place later on in the year.  Please contact Crossroads for more information.   

When?

Please see above. 

Where?

Please see above. 

Available to:

Children and young people aged 8-17 years old with a disability or additional need, living in Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands and Newcastle. 

If spaces are available they may be offered to children and young people living in other areas of Staffordshire.   

All activities are free of charge. 

Booking is essential.

Please book a month in advance between the 1st and the 20th of each month or if this is not possible please contact Crossroads to see if there are any spaces left. 

Contact details:

Telephone: 01782 207863



 

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: Dyspraxia Support Group
Description: Support group for parents and carers of children with Dyspraxia or Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).
When? For dates and venues of meetings please contact Hilary McFayden on the telephone number below.
Where? Meetings in Tamworth and Stafford.
Available to: Parents and carers of children with Dyspraxia or DCD. 
Contact details: Telephone: Hilary McFayden 01785 356930
Email: hilary.mcfayden@staffordshire.gov.uk|

  

Service/Provider: Helping Hands
Description:

A support group for families with children who have additional needs.  This is an informal group where parents and carers can meet and children can play in a relaxed environment. 

When? Tuesday mornings at 10am. 
Where?

Manor Hill Children's Centre, Manor Hill First School, Manor Rise, Walton, Stone, ST15 0EG. 

Available to: Children from birth to school age who have additional needs or a disability. 
Contact details: Telephone: Amy Luke 07581 212678 or Sarah Clewlow on 07791 633415


    

Service/Provider: Multi Sensory Room - Shire Hall Gallery 
Description:

The room is equipped with an interactive bubble tube, music wall, a fibre optic seat, aroma boxes filled with herbs and spices and much more.  There are also a small selection of books and CDs.  Entry is free of charge. 

When?

Drop in sessions are available for 30 minute or 1 hour slots during opening hours:
9.30am - 5pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
10am - 5pm Tuesday.
1 - 4pm Sunday.
It is always better to book in advance as weekends and school holidays are particularly busy.  You can book a place by contacting the number below or by visiting the Gallery's front desk. 

Where? Shire Hall Gallery, Market Square, Stafford, ST16 2LD.
Available to: All.
Contact details:

Telephone: 01785 278345.
Website: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/shirehallgallery| 

  

Service/Provider: National Autistic Society, Stafford Branch - Stay and Play Club (Aiming High Activity)
Description:

Drop in sessions for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder’s and their families.  Activities include indoor and outdoor play, sensory room, arts and crafts and much more.  Parents and carers have access to a resource box with books and magazines on Autism.  

When?

Saturdays 10.30am–12.30pm on:

  • 1 March 2014
  • 15 March 2014
Where?

Littleworth Community Centre, St Thomas Street, Stafford, ST16 3UU.

Available to:

Children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder aged 3-11 years old, their siblings and families from across Staffordshire.

A voluntary contribution of £1 per child is requested. 

Contact details:

Mandy Binns - 07789 032153

Sarah Binks - 07760 891699

Email: stafford@nas.org.uk| 

Facebook - NAS Stafford Branch

 

Service/Provider:

National Autistic Society, Stafford Branch - Youth Club (Aiming High Activity)

Description:

Youth Club for children and young people aged 11–16 years old who have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  A range of activities are available within the centre including cooking, arts and crafts, social skills and group activities. Activities focus on developing everyday life skills e.g. independent shopping, cooking, using public transport. Sessions also take place in the community and are chosen by the young people e.g. bowling, swimming and cinema.

When?

Saturdays (1.30-3.30pm) on:

  • 1 March 2014
  • 15 March 2014
Where?

Littleworth Community Centre, St Thomas Street, Stafford, ST16 3UU.

Activities also take place in the community in various locations in Stafford and surrounding areas. 

Available to:

Young people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder aged 11–16 years old from across Staffordshire.

A voluntary contribution of £1 per child is requested. 

Booking is essential.

Contact details:

Mandy Binns - 07789 032153

Sarah Binks - 07760 891699

Email: stafford@nas.org.uk|

Facebook - NAS Stafford Branch

 



 

Service/Provider: National Autistic Society, Stafford Branch - Lego© Club
(Aiming High Activity)
Description:

An exciting group where children and young people can build Lego© models together, working as part of a team to develop their communication and social skills. 

When?
  • Sunday 2 March 2014
  • Sunday 9 March 2014
  • Sunday 16 March 2014

Level 1 time: 12.30-2.30pm

Level 2 time: 2.30-4.30pm

Where? 

Stafford Fire Station, Beaconside, Stafford, ST18 0DD. 

Available to:

Children and young people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder aged 6-14 years old from across Staffordshire and their parents/carers.  

Please ensure you are able to attend all 3 sessions, if you are unable to attend any sessions your place may be offered to another child for the remaining sessions.

There will be refreshments on site for parents/carers and children and young people. 

If your child would be interested in joining this club please contact Mandy or Sarah. To book a place on the Level 2 club you must have already attended the Level 1 club. If there is not enough uptake for a Level 2 club there will be two Level 1 clubs.

Places will be on a first come first served basis. Individuals on the waiting list will be contacted first. 

Voluntary contribution of £5 per child/young person at the first session to cover costs. 

Booking is essential.

Contact details:

Mandy Binns - 07789 032153

Sarah Binks - 07760 891699

Email: stafford@nas.org.uk|  

Facebook - NAS Stafford Branch



 

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: All 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: All children aged 2 - 5 years old including those with disabilities.
Contact details: Telephone: Eddie Wray 07970 100705.
Email: e.ray@socatots.com|

  

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?

Steel Drum Workshop run by Sofia Steel Band on Tuesday 11 March, starting at 3.30pm. Venue: St John Fisher Catholic College, Newcastle.

More activities will also be taking place later on in the year. For more information please contact Alison Smith.

Where?

Please see above.

Available to:

Children and young people with a visual impairment aged 5-17 years old from Staffordshire. Siblings are also welcome

All activities are free of charge.

Booking is essential.

Contact details:

Alison Smith
Telephone: 01785 356830
Email: alison.r.smith@staffordshire.gov.uk|



   

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

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 Wildlife Trust - Family Fun Day (Aiming High Activity)
Description:

Lots of fun activities for the whole family including face painting, willow weaving, bouncy castle and much more. 

When?

11am-3pm on Saturday 15th March 2014. 

Where?

The Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, near Rugeley, ST17 0WT.

Available to:

Activities are open to the whole family. There is no need to book, just come along. 

This activity is free of charge.

Contact details:

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



   

Service/Provider: Staffordshire Wildlife Trust - Nature Tots (Aiming High Activity)
Description:

Learn more about nature with lots of hands on craft activities, outdoor exploration and story time.

When?

10am-12pm on:

  • Wednesday 5 March 2014
  • Wednesday 19 March 2014
Where?

The Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, near Rugeley, ST17 0WT. 

Available to:

For children under 5 years with a disability or additional need and their parents/carers. 

All activities are free of charge.

Booking is essential.

Contact details:

Telephone: 07854 567704
Email: community@staffs-wildlife.org.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 Young People's Service
Description: Activities for disabled children and young people. 
When?

Monday 6.30 - 8.30pm at Burntwood Youth Centre.
Wednesday 6.30 - 8.30pm Nether Stowe Youth Centre.
Saturday (starting in the summer holidays) 1 - 3pm at Nether Stowe Youth Centre.

Where? Please see above.
Available to: Young people in year 7 and above on Monday and Wednesday and young people aged 16 and above on Saturdays.  Activities are suitable for children with a variety of disabilities.
Contact details:

Burntwood - Nicky Johnson 01543 510495
Nether Stowe - Jon Harris 01543 512125

 

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 lower limb conditions. 
Contact details: Telephone: Joanne Thompson 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: The Lighthouse Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Support Group
Description:

Support group run by parents and carers of young people with ADHD and associated behavioural problems.  Information and resources are available to borrow and family events take place throughout the year. 

When? Support meetings take place once a month starting at 7.30pm.  Family events take place at various times throughout the year.  Please visit the website or contact the helpline below for more information. 
Where?

Support meeting held at the Barley Mow, Milford, Stafford, ST17 0UW.

Available to: Parents and carers of young people with ADHD and associated behavioural problems. 
Contact details: Telephone: 07754 822288.
Email: contact@lighthousegroup.org.uk|
Website: www.lighthousegroup.org.uk| 

 

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