Are there any leisure activities or opportunities for breaks for disabled people?

St Helens Coalition of Disabled People help people (over 18) to access and enjoy a range of social and leisure activities through their enabling scheme. This may include group activities, day/weekend trips out and work in the garden through their allotment project.

Day Opportunities (LDDOpps) are available for people who have a learning, physical or sensory disability and have been assessed as eligible for support by St Helens Council. This may include stimulating and motivating recreation, leisure and developmental activities which pursue life-long learning and the acquisition of new skills. Service provision is planned and organised at Stephenson’s Resource (Rainhill, L35 8LB), however the majority of activities take place in the community (e.g. community centres, social clubs, leisure centres, cafes etc). For more information please contact 01744 677 828 or visit the St Helens Council website.

St Helens People’s Choice run a weekly activity group every Friday, run for and by people with learning disabilities. Activities include crafts, karaoke and day trips out.

Gateway Club is a weekly activity group for adults over the age of 25 who have severe learning disabilities and need a lot of support. The group meets at Chain Lane Community Centre and activities include trips out to the cinema and for meals. Please contact Sally Griffiths on 01744 606676 for more information.

St Helens Go Active leisure centres provide sessions for adults (18+) with additional needs at Selwyn Jones Sports Centre and Queens Park Health & Fitness – these sessions include swimming, basketball, dance, badminton, football, table tennis, arts/crafts and a fitness suite. Please contact Michelle Binns on 01744 671 717 for further information.

Merseyside Sports Partnership provide disabled people with the opportunity to enter a comprehensive programme of events. The events are open to disabled people with a physical, learning or sensory disability who attend a school, club or resource centre.

The CEA Card is a national concessionary card to allow people with disabilities to obtain one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema – please click here for further information.

Acorn Farm (Knowsley) offers day time activities (e.g. working with animals or in the horticulture/maintenance departments) and riding lessons for people with disabilities – there is a charge for activities.

Wheelie Walkers is a ramblers group that takes users of power wheelchair and mobility scooters into the countryside to enjoy fresh air, open spaces and beautiful scenery.

MeCycle is a regional initiative that offers work placements to volunteers who have autism.

Vitalise is a national charity providing short breaks and respite care for people with disabilities, visually impaired people and carers.