Afterschool and Youth Clubs


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.


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.

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

email: Or visit:

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.

Contact: Debbie Watton on 0207808 6112 or 07801 675335 Or email

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:

Richard Hurry Tel: 07970 418199 or

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).

Resources for Autism runs play and activity groups in North Dulwich: Sunday 1-3pm: 8-14 years Monday 6–8 pm: Evening Youth Club for ages 15– 19. To apply to either group:
Tel: 020 8458 3259 or go to: Or contact Catherine at:

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:

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.

KIDS Southwark Tel: 020 7701 2826 or

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

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: 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.

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.

Type of service provided

Education, Health and Well Being, Employment, Training


Age Range

8 – 18 years


The Service

Southbank Mosaics are running their award winning courses for children interested in art and design for special needs students in the new academic year. Students make mosaic work for exhibition and develop their personal portfolios in a professional artisan studio.


Who is the service for?

This is for individual students and groups interested in art and design. We work with mainstream and Special Education Needs children. We also accommodate parents and SEN assistants or teachers. All children have the option of taking accredited courses in Level 2 (Introduction to Mosaic Making: Towards Employment) and every child who has taken a course with us in the past, has successfully achieved credits, awards or certificates. Some children have been coming to us for 5 years, with two students returning to volunteer at our sessions. Our central London location means we also visit the many galleries, festivals and events in the vicinity.
Teachers who want to use mosaic making in their work with children in
school also come to us for our evening and weekend courses.


Criteria for access to service

Paid for service: £480 for term, one day per week. Can negotiate bespoke service. Evening and weekend courses for teachers and adults start from £150.00.


Accessibility of this service

Sessions for groups and individual students have to be allocated according to our opening hours and tutor availability. Our sessions for schools are run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am – 4pm during school terms. We unfortunately cannot accommodate wheelchair users as we are based on a church crypt with no lift.


How can I access this service?

Please contact our studio directly through or calling us on 020 7620 6070. We welcome a discussion about any individual learning needs.


How is this service funded?

Commissions, Training, Adult courses, Schools, Fundraising with Trusts and foundations

Do you need to pay for this service?



Confidentiality and Impartiality

Data Protection Act. All staff are DBS checked. Experience of working with 15 Southwark Schools and local authority.


Useful to know

School Term only.


Training provided

We provide a safe and nurturing environment where students can learn the practical skills of mosaic making, working on their own projects or contributing as part of a team to our public realm projects. We help each student to write an individual learning plan to capture their own goals and intentions and regularly review the plan with them to make sure focus is maintained.


Students will be able to gain the following

  • Design skills

  • Mosaic making, fixing and installation skills

  • Understanding of how to price their own work (if they wish to sell work)

  • Understanding of how to operate and behave in a working art studio

  • Experience of team work

  • Patience and delayed gratification

  • An understanding and insight into their own power to create

  • Civic pride at seeing the work they help to make out on the streets

  • Enhanced feeling of wellbeing

  • Accredited qualifications (optional)