We are pleased to share that there are plenty of FREE activities that Manchester’s SEND families can access over the Easter holidays. This is part of a packed SEND Community Offer for families living in the Manchester City Council area.
Please read on, tap on a photo, or check out the special Easter edition of the SEND Local Offer Newsletter to learn more about these different activities available to families of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in Manchester.
To subscribe to the Local Offer Newsletter or read past editions, please visit https://hsm.manchester.gov.uk/kb5/manchester/directory/advice.page?id=uptXtrEL9fg.
Cycling and Egg Hunt
Join Simply Cycling for fun all-ability biking sessions with an Easter twist!
We have donated some Easter eggs, which Simply Cycling will hide in and around the venue. Search for the plastic eggs, let staff know, and receive your special prize!
The sessions are FREE for Manchester’s SEND families and will include free refreshments and snacks. No need to book, just turn up.
Here are the remaining sessions for next week:
- Monday, 11th April, 12-2 pm – Longford Park
- Tuesday, 12th April, 10am-2pm – Boggart Hole Clough
- Wednesday, 13th April, 12 noon-3pm – Wythenshawe Park
We will be there for some of the sessions so please say hello if you see us! 🙂
Billy & Andy’s Music School
Andy and Billy run Holiday Music Clubs geared to young people with SEND. The 2022 programme is at Gorse Hill Studios in Stretford. All sessions start at 10am and finish at 1pm, with chance for a short break in the middle.
- Easter Holidays: Monday 4th – Friday 8th (NB. Wednesday & Friday fully booked)
- May Half Term: Monday 30th May – Friday 4th June (Not 2nd & 3rd June, it’s the Queen’s Jubilee!)
- Summer Holidays: Monday 25th – Friday 29th July; Monday 1st – Friday 5th August; Monday 8th – Friday 12th August
- October Half Term: Monday 24th – Friday 28th October
Changemakers Open Day
Manchester’s young people aged 12-15 are invited to a Changemakers Open Day with Xbox and retro gaming, pizza, and crafts. It’s on Tuesday 12th April, 11:30am-2pm at the Green Fish Resource Centre, Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE. Find out how to have a SEND voice in the city while making new friends and having fun!
Odd Arts Creative Workshops
On 14th April 10am-12:30pm and 1:30-4pm, Odd Arts will be running FREE creative workshops at the Moss Side Powerhouse dance studio. The sessions are exclusive for children and young people with additional needs.
- Use games, interaction, creativity and communication to have fun and build confidence.
- Workshops will consider emotional and physical abilities of participants and provide a variety of exercises, options and extensions through verbal, non-verbal, physical, and expressive exercises.
- Sessions will use props and music.
To book a place, please contact Odd Arts on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day Trips and Activities with Manchester Youth Zone
Manchester Youth Zone (MYZ) has organised day trips and activities for Manchester’s children and young people with SEND:
- Tuesday 5th April, 10am-4pm (14-25 yrs)
- Wednesday 12th April, 10am-4pm (8-14yrs)
To book a place, please contact MYZ on email@example.com.
Family Forest School with Manchester Bees Forest School
- Monday 5th April, 10am-3pm
- Tuesday 6th April, 10am-3pm
- Monday 11th April, 10am-3pm
- Tuesday 12th April, 10am-3pm
These sessions are FREE for Manchester’s SEND families and will include lunch.
To book your family’s places, please contact Sian on 07506 342945.
“Love Digital Family” Movie-making with SENDCode
Fancy making a family Lego movie using Stop Motion technology?
🗓️ 5th April 2022
🕙 10am to 2pm
📍 Holyoake House M60 0AS
Sign up today to reserve a place for your family by using this form: https://form.jotform.com/220822122239345
To find out more about Stop Motion, please watch this video from SENDCode CIC:
This workshop is FREE for Manchester’s families of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).
“Playing Out” Outdoor Play Sessions with Groundwork
Groundwork has organised activities with specialist SEND support for Manchester families at Crumpsall Park on 12th and 14th April, 2-6pm.
Please book by phoning James on 07800 849705.
SEMH Bike Programme with MancCycles and GMYN
MancCycles and Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) are offering an exciting opportunity for Manchester young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs to take part in a weekly cycling project over the spring and summer. Riding sessions are every Saturday 11am-3pm, meeting in Hulme. Bikes, helmets and other safety equipment are provided for cycle routes across Greater Manchester.
There are also bike maintenance sessions at various venues on Wednesdays 4-6pm.
Sensory room at Benchill Community Centre
Manchester’s SEND families have free use of the sensory room at Benchill Community Centre during the Easter holidays.
The room has a waterbed, interactive sound wall, infinity tunnel, bubble tubes, animated projections – and more.
Each slot is for 45 minutes and on the hour, Monday 4th April to Thursday 14th April 10am–7pm. Up to five family/group members can be in the room per session.
Call 0161 946 9520 to book, using the code “SEND Community Offer”.
Sensory rooms at Redbank House
Manchester’s SEND families have FREE use of the sensory rooms at Redbank House during the Easter holidays.
These sensory rooms have a range of bespoke equipment creating both a calming and interactive atmosphere, where colours flash through the fibre-optic strands along the floor; streams of blue and green simultaneously twinkle through the bubble tubes and the disco ball sparkles – and more. Up to five family/group members can be in the room per session.
Free slots are available at various times during the week, from Monday 4th to Friday 8th April and Monday 11th to Thursday 14th April.