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Introduction to leisure

Leisure opportunities can offer you and your child a chance to relax and escape. We have a long list of activities offered by charities, both locally and further afield.

Whether it's a day break, a weekend break, or even something longer, please take a look at what is offered from the list below.

Each service is specially adapted for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Local activities and leisure opportunities

Active North Tyneside aims to get residents of North Tyneside to be more physically active and feel the benefits of living a longer, healthier life.

Contact number: 0191 643 7171

The Alan Shearer Centre is a specialist respite, residential and social facility for people with complex disabilities and acute impairments.

Contact number: 0191 264 8925

Autism Links is a website that provides information on events, support groups, charities and many other services and provision for those living with Autism.

Beach Access North East provides free-hire equipment to support people with physical disabilities, which allows them to enjoy as much freedom and independence as possible.

Contact number: 0300 999 4444

Beacon Hill Arts is a multi-award winning training and production organisation for filmmakers who have learning difficulties, autism and additional needs.

Contact number: 0191 580 7000

The Calvert Trust provides a wide range of outdoor activities situated at Exmoor, Kielder and the Lake District.

Contact number(s): 0159 876 3221 (Exmoor) | 0143 425 0232 (Kielder) | 0176 877 2255 (Lake District)

Gateway North East is a registered charity that provides appropriate and identified leisure, life, recreational and educational opportunities for young people with disabilities and barriers to learning.

Contact number: 0191 526 3112

LD North East provides a range of support including personalised support, access to advice and advocacy, short breaks and holidays and much more.

Contact number: 0191 262 2261

Newcastle United Foundation is an independent registered charity supported by Newcastle United Football Club. They are committed to helping people of all ages achieve their goals through the local passion for football.

Contact number: 0844 372 1892

North Tyneside Disability Forum is a registered charity that aims to ensure disabled people are able to participate on equal terms in society as able decision makers.

Contact number: 0191 466 1667

Newcastle United Disabled Supporters Association (NUDSA) represents the interests of the disabled supporters of Newcastle United Football Club. They aim to promote interest in football and improve the facilities and transport available to disabled supporters.

Out Of Sight is an award winning, 'parent-led', not for profit charity who support visually impaired children and their families living in North Tyneside. They provide free, bespoke outings and events for children.

Contact number: 07966097662

Pathways 4 All is a 'parent-led' charity that provides leisure and social opportunities for children with disabilities and additional needs in North East England.

Contact number: 0191 266 5233

Parasport aims to encourage disabled people to take up sport by providing information about sports and sporting opportunities in local areas in a clear, easy-to-use format.

Contact number: 020 7842 5789

Rockpool School is run by locally qualified marine biologists who organise workshops for special occasions and school visits. They aim to educate people on a variety of rockpool animals, using a 'hands on' approach.

Contact number: 07704336957

Shiremoor Adventure Playground is a a community-based inclusive adventure playground, catering for children and young people of all abilities.

Contact number: 0191 643 8300

Smile Through Sport is a non-profit organisation that combines the services of inspirational speaking, training courses and disability sport development to provide a bespoke service to suit every need.

Contact number: 01670 457 757

Support for Parents living with Autism and other Related Conditions (SPARCS) is a support group for parents/carers and families living with autism and other related conditions.

The aim of SPARCS is to run regular events and activities in the local community for parents and carers to attend with their children, in line with their individual interests and stages of development.

Stride provide hippotherapy and physiotherapy using movement of a pony. All their ponies are experienced carrying riders of various levels of disability.

Take 5 and chat is a cafe drop-in for parenting of additional needs. They provide a safe space for parents and carers, a place where you can surround yourself with "people who get it".

Tyneside Access Cinema offer friendly screenings for people with autism, learning disabilities and additional needs. Access cinema provides these screenings in a low sensory environment.

Contact number: 0191 227 5500

YMCA is a North Tyneside charity that help people reach their full potential in mind, body and spirit. They provide a varied range of activities from access to music studios to youth clubs and activities.

Contact number: 0191 257 5434

Sport North Tyneside

Sport North Tyneside offers a variety of inclusive and disability specific sporting opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to take part. This includes:

  • Archery
  • Boccia
  • Cycling
  • Football
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Street golf
  • Tennis
  • Trampoline and rebound therapy.

To find out information on dates, times and locations, please visit Sport North Tyneside.

Alternatively, you can contact Sport North Tyneside directly by calling 0191 643 7445 or by emailing

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