Southwark’s Local Offer shows what’s available in the borough for children, young people and adults (aged 0-25) who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. It includes up-to-date information on opportunities and services that are available to you.
Southwark has a good selection of youth clubs and organised activities for the afterschool and the holiday period. Most are fully accessible but in this section you will also find information on services that offer specialist provision.
Gambado Softplay Beckenham
SEN Evenings Gambado runs monthly SEN-only evenings – soft play fun exclusively for children with disabilities. Entry for all children is £6 and the carer/parent goes free. For more information go to the Gambado Beckenham Facebook page.
Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground
Short break service, referral from Children With Disabilities and Complex Needs team and/or initial assessment paid for by direct payments.
Grow & Learn offers young people aged 14-16 years with a learning difficulty, complex needs or disability the opportunity to realise their aspirations to progress towards employability, increase their confidence and and develop independence skills. Grow & Learn, a vegetable growing project, runs on Wednesdays at Burgess Park, and offers the opportunity for students to gain a City & Guilds Level 1 qualification in Work Based horticulture.For more information please contact:
Shirley Wisbach on 0207 7202212 or
RLSB - Social Group for Visually Impaired Young People
The Royal London Society for the Blind (RLSB) runs a social group for visually impaired young people aged 11-19 living in Southwark. There is a mix of meetings, outings, social events, training sessions and one-to-one support. The emphasis is on young people making decisions about what they want to do and where they want to go, to promote independence and enable better access to the local community.
The sessions run every 1st Saturday of the month from 10am-12pm and are open to all parents and carers of children with Down’s Syndrome and are run as informal ‘drop in’ sessions, you can just turn up at any time, have a tea/coffee and stay for as long as you like. Siblings are very welcome and there is a range of toys and activities available for children of all ages. It’s free. For more information please contact:
Peckham Rye Park Adventure Playground: SEN Session
Southwark's Play Service offers a free, exclusive session for children with autism or a learning disability and their parent/carers at Peckham Rye Park Adventure Playground on Sundays 11am-2pm (term time only).
One to one support is available. All staff are autism trained and experienced.Resources for Autism also runs a Reach Out home support service in Southwark. This is for families with children of any age up to 19. To apply: Tel: 020 8458 3259 or go to: www.resourcesforautism.org.uk
KIDS sibling project
Southwark residents who help look after a brother or sister with a disability. Meet other siblings, make friends and share experiences. Opportunities to have fun and take part in activities through attending small groups and ongoing regular meetings outside the family home.
The Salmon Youth Centre: Club & Befriending Scheme
The Salmon Youth Centre in Bermondsey hosts a 14+ disability youth club 'Mixables' on Fridays from 3.30-5.30pm called Mixables. The Salmon Youth Centre also runs a befriending scheme Connect 2 for young people who have a disability. Connect 2 matches a volunteer aged 18-30 with a young person aged 14-19 years old with a mild to moderate disability (ie. who have a Statement of SEN but are probably not getting services from Children with Disabilities Team) to meet up once a fortnight and assist them to access leisure and social services. For both of the above, contact:
Miranda Haslem on 020 7232 5301 or 07945 859051 Or call Salmon Youth Centre on: 020 7237 3788
The Camden Society
After-school clubs on Tues and Thurs (free) in Southwark and a holiday scheme (paid), for 11-18 year-olds with moderate/severe disability. For more information please contact: email@example.com or Tel: 07772 680985
Please also visit the Short Breaks section of Southwark Council's website, where there is further information about activities for disabled children and young people. You can download a list of all short break services in the borough.
Youth and Play Services
These services provide open access activities for children and young people at adventure playgrounds and youth centres across the borough. Term time and holiday programmes are available. Some of these services offer specialist provision for children and young people with SEND.
For more information or to see the programme, please follow this link.