Things to do

In this section you will find information about different opportunites to join networks, take part in activities, meet other people and have fun.  Please also visit One Hub for details of clubs and activities for young people across Southwark.

Heart n Soul and Do Your Own Thing would like to invite you and your crew to Squid Ink, our new DJ night for young people with disabilities and young autistic people aged 10-25, their friends and families.

The Do Your Own Thing DJs will be playing your favourite club bangers from Pop to R&B to Reggae and more. This is a night for you to dance, hang out with your friends and have a good time!

Date and Time: Friday 30 June, 6pm – 10pm

Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG

Tickets:  Pay-What-You-Decide

Click here to visit the Heart n Soul website

Heart n Soul is a place for people with learning disabilities to do activities.

Do Your Own Thing is a safe, fun and friendly place with lots of cool activities to take part in. From Radio, Music, DJing, Videos, anything.

  • The 2nd Saturday of the month for 10 -16 year olds to find their groove.  

  • The last Saturday of the month is for all young people aged 10 - 25 to come together, be creative and share.

For further details:

Girls Win is a free, inclusive sports and games club for young women with SEN, aged 15-25.
We support young women with disabilities ages 15 – 25 to set and achieve personal and professional development goals.

Day: Every Thursday

Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Location: The Africa Centre, 66 Great Suffolk Street, SE1 0BL (close to Southwark station)

Activities: Dance, sport, yoga, arts and crafts, mentoring, personal development, career support, free trips and residentials, holiday and term time.

Contact: Maddy Ford, Women and Girls Programme Manager
T: 07824 589443
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Free creative workshops for adults who have experienced mental health challenges.

Day: Every Tuesday

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm


Red Lion Court, 46-48 Park Street, SE1 9EQ




To join, email:


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Bubble Club provides inclusive club nights in Shoreditch with learning disabled DJs, live music, performance, chill out room, creative activities and workshops


The events happen every 2 months. Dates are on our website and social media.  We also send out emails and printed flyers to those who sign up to our mailing list.


7:00pm – 11:00pm

Who is it for?

Learning disabled people aged 18+ (friends and carers welcome)


93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL


You can buy tickets online or on the door. They are currently £7 per person (2023).  Concessions are available on request by phone or email   



Telephone:  0736 053 5120


Further Information 

Events are attended by 150-250 people.

Free Swimming Lessons for Southwark Residents

Southwark Council is offering residents free swimming lessons. 12-week courses for beginners are available at leisure centres operated by Everyone Active on behalf of Southwark Council.  If you’re a Southwark resident, a non-swimmer and aged 16 or over you can book free swimming lessons.

• Residents with disabilities can book at any centre below.

  • Camberwell Leisure Centre, Artichoke Place, London SE5 8TS
  • The Castle Centre, 2 St Gabriel Walk, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6FG
  • Dulwich Leisure Centre, 2b Crystal Palace Road, London SE22 9HB
  • Peckham Pulse Leisure Centre, 10 Melon Road, London SE15 5QN
  • Seven Islands Leisure Centre, 100 Lower Road, Rotherhithe SE16 2TU

For more information, please click here and also download the physical Activity leaflet (pdf, 443kb)


Disability Swimming Sessions

Sessions for children and adults with disabilities or long-term medical/health conditions are available to Southwark residents.  Further details of availability are below.


  • Dulwich Leisure Centre

Supported swimming sessions take place on Sunday afternoons at Dulwich Leisure Centre from 2.00pm-2.50pm

Check availability and book sessions here.  


  • Seven Islands Leisure Centre 

Supported swimming sessions take place on Monday afternoons at the Seven Islands Leisure Centre from 2.00pm-2.50pm

Check availability and book sessions here.


  • Peckham Pulse - Disabled Swimming Hydrotherapy Pool

Sessions are available at the following times throughout the week: 

Monday:12:30 - 13:20

Tuesday:19:00 - 19:50

Thursday:20:30 - 21:20

Friday:12:00 - 12:50, 14:00 - 14:50

Saturday:15:00 - 15:50

Sunday:15:00 - 15:50, 18:00 - 18:50

Check availability and book sessions here.


  • The Castle Centre

Supported swimming sessions take place on Fridays 3:00pm-3:50pm and Saturdays 2:00pm-2:50pm at the Castle Centre 

Check availability and book sessions here.


  • Camberwell Leisure Centre

Supported swimming sessions take place on Fridays 2:30pm-3:20pm and Sundays 10:00am-10:50am at Camberwell Leisure Centre 

Check availability and book sessions here.

As the first of London's professional football clubs to launch a Down's Syndrome football team in 2005, our commitment to disability and inclusive sport is highly regarded. From Blind/Partially Sighted Football tennis to Active Autism, our football provision for young boys and girls on the autism spectrum, and pan-disability holiday camps, our programmes provide specialist coaching for people of all ages with varied disabilities.



Sessions take place at locations across London including various venues in the neighbouring borough of Lambeth.


Dates and fees  

Please click on the links below for further information.

Inclusive cycling sessions

We run inclusive cycling sessions for Disabled people and their families, carers or friends, from the following three bases in south London:

Croydon Sports Arena (outdoors) Albert Road, South Norwood, SE25 4QL

  • Tuesdays at 10am, 11am and 12pm
  • Wednesdays at 10am and 11am
  • Saturdays at 10am and 11am

Please click here to book a session


Herne Hill Velodrome - (outdoors) 104 Burbage Road, Herne Hill, SE24 9HE

  • Mondays at 11am and 12pm
  • Thursdays at 12pm and 1pm
  • Sundays (Kids on Wheels only) at 1pm and 2pm

Please click here to book a session


Ladywell Day Centre - (outdoors) 148 Dressington Ave, Lewisham, SE4 1JF

  • Fridays at 10.30am and 11.30am

 Please click here to book a session



We try to keep prices affordable and good value, while using suitable venues, excellent staff and volunteers and a range of specialist cycles. It costs us £25 per head to provide these sessions, and we ask for a contribution towards this as below. We are always grateful to those who are able to make an additional donation to support our work.

  • Per disabled cyclist: £5 (if you need a supporter/carer they are included in the price)

  • Per non-disabled cyclist: £5

  • Special family price (up to 4, including at least one disabled cyclist): £10


How to access the service

At all venues our qualified instructors, supported by fantastic volunteers, help participants try our cycles or get comfortable on the one that suits them, and offer ongoing support. See our website for full details.



Telephone: 020 7346 8482


Address:336 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AA

The Service:

S-Factor Academy’s Inclusive team works with disadvantaged and disabled (physical/learning or sensory) young people to help them achieve their full potential in sports; improve well-being and overall quality of life.

Working with Access Sport Ignite we help to build on fun activities and fulfilling programmes.


Who is the service for?

Anyone with any disability, impairment or additional need. Also open to non disabled siblings.


Criteria for access to service

Everybody is welcome at our club


Accessibility of this service

  • Services / facilities within the arena include adapted and standard toilets and showers and changing rooms. There is a ramp or slope to access this service.

  • There is permanent, easy ramp or slope access.


How this is provided:

Provided by trained volunteers

Do you need to pay for this service?

Session are £2.50 for a disabled athlete and free for non disabled siblings



Telephone: 07719596045 or 07719596044

See our website for further information 


S Factor Academy (Inclusive group)

Inclusive Dance is a contemporary dance and drama programme for young people with learning disabilities, aged between 16 and 25.


Participants learn movement and social skills that can be transferable to the world of work. They also develop arts-related technical skills, such as performing and improvisation that can be used in future performing arts-related employment.


We try new things every week, from making up dances together to having fun practising our singing! You don’t need to have too much room to move – enough space to reach your arms out to the side is enough!


When: Thursdays  4:30pm-5:45pm


Where:  Pembroke House, 80 Tatum Street, SE17 1QR




Cost: FREE


Sign up here

Padel tennis is a mix between tennis and squash. Padel is usually played in doubles on an enclosed court surrounded by walls of glass and metallic mash. The court is one third of the size of a tennis court.

The ball can bounce off any wall but can only hit the turf once before being returned. Points can be scored when the ball does bounce twice in the competitors’ field. The racket and ball are also adapted slightly.

Where can I play?

Sundridge Park Tennis and Squash Club, off Garden Road, BR1 3NA


Thursdays 2–3:30 pm

Who is it for?

D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent adults aged 17 – 25


First session free, £3 thereafter

Register here 


For further information call 020 7993 9883


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In partnership with Access Sport, The LTA and Sundridge Park Tennis and Squash Club

Heart n Soul's Allsorts is our creative taking part project for adults with learning disabilities (aged 18+).

It’s a place where you can try new activities, learn new skills and meet new people in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Take part in a range of different sessions every season where you decide what to do. Everyone is welcome!

Please visit the Heart n Soul website for up-to-date details of upcoming sessions.  

Spark is a youth group in Southwark for LGBTQIA+ young people aged 13-19, and up to 25 with SEND.

We welcome all those on the spectrum as well as anyone who is questioning or exploring their identity.

Who can use this service

You need to live in Southwark or able to travel, and be LGBTQIA+ or questioning your gender or sexual orientation.

Why people use this service

  • To meet other queer young people
  • Have fun in a safe and affirming space
  • Engage in creative projects and workshops
  • Learn about LGBTQIA+ identities, history and culture
  • Go on free trips to the theatre, galleries, museums, Pride events and more
  • Attend our annual Southwark LGBTQIA+ Youth Summit
  • Gain experience as part of METRO Youth to plan events including the Winter Ball, Summit and Youth Pride

How we can help

  • Get help to understand your identity and share experiences of coming out
  • Discuss topics including bullying, feeling safe, life at home, education and work
  • Get free and confidential support and information
  • Have one-to-one check-ins with LGBTQIA+ identified youth workers or be referred for free counselling at METRO

Join this group

Email or call 020 8305 5004. You can refer yourself or be referred by someone who works with you (like a youth worker or teacher).

We'll get back to you in 2-3 days. We'll arrange a quick chat to find out more about you and how we can help. After you're signed up, you can drop into any session. You don't have to come every week if you don't want to.

Aerial classes for disabled adults. We welcome wheelchair users and blind or visually impaired adults to come and give aerial a go!  We’ll work in small groups, adapting movement and teaching through touch where useful.

Age: 16 +

Cost: £2 per session

Where: Flying Fantastic, Arch 27 Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, SE1 0LR

When: Starting 25th January 2023, Wednesdays @ 12.50pm for 10 consecutive weeks

Contact: For more information and details of how to join please email Amy - 

Funded by Access Sport. Download our flyer (pdf, 173kb)

British Youth Music Theatre is a national performing arts education charity and the largest commissioner of new musicals in the UK. Every year we engage around 2000 11-21 year olds in our auditions, workshops, Young Company and projects. BYMT helps young people and developing artists to navigate and further their training and careers in the arts.

BYMT’s mission is to create opportunities for young people and early career creatives from all backgrounds to develop theatre skills and enhance wellbeing, through the collaborative and inclusive process of making original music theatre.

We offer:

1) Constant communication with the Casting and Young Company Manager and Schools and Pastoral Manager
2) Adapting project requirements to create safe and inclusive environments
We have received many supportive testimonials from young people and parents / guardians regarding our support and encouragement of our neurodiverse and disabled young people.

We offer dedicated and bespoke pastoral support – four team members on each project, whose primary focus is the wellbeing of the young people. They receive all information on young people prior to the project and often converse with the parents to set up a suitable care plan prior to the project.

Please note that we offer bursaries on Productions and free (supported) places on our Summer Camps.

To view our courses and programmes, please click here 
Address: Mountview, 120 Peckham Hill St, London SE15 5JT
Telephone: 020 8563 7725

Further information: Tel: 07813 778 409 or email:

This network is a space for autistic young people, between the ages of 16-25 to meet other autistic young people, take on new paid opportunities, and join one of our group panels. The network is a fun and friendly space for autistic young people to be themselves.


Peer Support

Peer support sessions are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 5:45-6:45 over Zoom. These sessions are a chance to meet new autistic young people across the country.

Sessions are a safe environment where you can stay within your comfort zone, there is no pressure to turn on your camera or microphone. You can choose to participate or just observe.

The sessions are led by Ambitious staff trained in safeguarding, who you may contact at any point if you are uncomfortable or feel unsafe.

Every session has a different theme, past sessions have included arts and crafts, comedy night, DJ sessions, language lessons, and a monthly general knowledge quiz.

Youth network members over the age of 18 also have a chance to instant message each other on the platform.



Youth network opportunities are mainly centered around educating the public about autism and making life better for autistic people. These are paid opportunities.

Opportunities include advising on toolkits and campaigns, developing presentations about autism awareness, taking part in advisory panel’s as well as leading training sessions. Companies we have worked alongside in the past include The Postal Museum, Compare the Market, Marsh McLennan, the NHS and many more.

We also work alongside the Employ Autism department at Ambitious, who offer paid work experience placements in places such as BP, the NHS, the civil service and more. These opportunities are also posted on the Youth Network platform.

Our opportunities are a great way to earn money as well as expand your knowledge and confidence.



Groups are panels consisting of members of our Youth Network, who are tasked with providing expertise and advise to different organisations. Each group requires its members to participate in paid sessions throughout the year.

Each group is limited in its members, but when spaces in the groups become available we will notify the Youth Network.

Groups include:

For more information please visit the Ambitious About Autism website