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Leisure activities

There are many leisure activities and things to do in Calderdale for people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Here you can find activities run by us and others.

  • Places to go;
  • Groups to join;
  • and things to do!

We are always looking for activities to include. So, if you know of any more, please contact the Local Offer team.

To find out about grants for activities, day trips and holidays. see: Days out, holidays and more.

Leisure centres and pools

Our leisure centres and pools have the equipment needed to assist any disabled person to access the facility and activity. All staff are trained in the use of the equipment.

Venue Steps Mobile Hoist (poolside) Disabled changing area with mobile hoist Changing bed
Sowerby Bridge pool Yes Yes Yes Yes with maxi hoist
Brighouse pool Yes Yes Yes Yes with maxi hoist
Todmorden pool Yes Yes Yes Yes
North Bridge Leisure Centre No swimming pool at this venue. There is a mobile hoist to help access various activities, such as trampolining. Also for moving and handling requirements that arise with disability sport programmes.


Membership to assist SEND children and young people aged 5 to 25 years to access Sport Services facilities.

For all-inclusive activities for children with additional needs, (fun swim, dance and sports), please see: Activities and classes.

A number of activities are for children and young people with SEND:

  • Disability swimming lessons and fun swim.
  • Dancing.
  • Sports and play.
  • Trampoline.
  • Adapted cycling.
  • Gifted and talented multi-skills club.

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For adults

For a selection of inclusive activities, courses and social/sports clubs for adults aged 18 years and over, see:

Active Social Care

A regular programme of activities and group outings for children and young people.

For more about this, visit: Active Social Care.

Calderdale Adult Learning

For a range of courses for adults with learning difficulties, see: Adult Learning - Course search results.

CEA Card

One free ticket for the person who is accompanying you to enable you to visit the cinema.

To apply, visit: CEA Card - Apply or Renew.

Community support services

Day service that gives the chance for people to develop and maintain life, skills through group experiences.

Learn new skills, make new friends and have fun.

For more about this, contact Jodie or Danielle:

AccessAble (was Disabled Go)

Detailed access information to thousands of venues across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

This includes shops, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, railway stations, hotels, universities, hospitals and more.

For more about this, visit: AccessAble.

Family Services Directory

Search for a range of activities in your local area, which include:

  • The Hive.
  • Magpie.
  • Phoebe's Nights.

For more about this, see our: Childcare and Family Services Directory.

Gateway Youth Club

For young people with special needs and/or disabilities:

  • Where: The Orange Box.
  • When: Thursday evenings.
  • Who: 11 to 24 year olds.

A great way to take part in music, sport, arts and craft and includes:

  • Senior member training.
  • Voluntary action.
  • Access to reliable information and confidential advice.
  • Counselling.

Take part in planned activities to develop personal and social skills to support your development. This includes residential experiences and peer education.

For more details, contact Claire:

Halifax Magpies mixed ability rugby team

Sessions for players with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and the able-bodied.

A great chance to play rugby, keep fit, make friends and have fun. All under the guidance of professional coaches.

For more details, please visit: Pitchero - Halifax RUFC Contact.

Hft Bradford

A wide range of supported leisure, learning and employment chances.

This includes Luv2meetU a friendship and dating agency for people with a learning disability aged 18 and over.

For more on what Hft have to offer, please visit: Hft Bradford.


This is a centre for adults with learning disabilities. It offers:

  • daily activity sessions to develop independent skills;
  • and creative sessions, like drama, dance and art.

For more details, visit:

Purple Patch Arts

'Lifelong Learning Programmes' are offered to anyone aged 18 and over with learning disabilities.

  • Take part in a mixture of drama, dance, music, literature and visual arts.
  • Learn about lots of interesting subjects like history, geography and science.

For more about this, please visit: Purple Patch Arts - Lifelong Learning.


Provide specialised training for adults with learning disabilities, in a caring environment.

Improve your self-esteem, confidence, personal development and make new friends.

For more about this, visit: Skillshop (Facebook).

The Society for Neurodiversity (S4Nd)

A group for people aged 16 and over that offers a range of events and activities for members.

For more details, please visit: S4Nd.


Making theatre and culture accessible to deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people.

  • Locations nationwide with some on your doorstep!

For more about this, visit: StageTEXT - What's on.

Staying Well Halifax

If you are feeling a bit fed up and want something to do, contact us:

The Hive (Halifax)

Here, adults with a learning disability get the chance to learn new skills and socialise with their peers.

You can take part in:

  • arts and crafts;
  • drama;
  • music and dance;
  • gentle exercise and healthy living;
  • and recreation.

For more details:

Victoria Theatre (Halifax)

To find out what is on, see: Victoria Theatre What's on.

For details on the theatre's accessibility, see: Victoria Theatre - Accessibility.

Vue Cinema (Halifax)

Find out about accessibility, accessible screenings, autism friendly films and purchasing tickets, visit: Vue cinema (Halifax) - Accessibility.

Your local cinema (for films with subtitles)

Find local cinemas with subtitled films at Halifax, Huddersfield, Hebden Bridge and Bradford for people with hearing loss.

For more details, visit: Your Local Cinema - Bradford.

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