Leisure is the time we spend doing the things we enjoy. It includes a wide range of different activities, from getting involved with a sports team and visiting an art gallery to reading a book. Leisure is valuable because it gives us time to spend time with our friends and family, to try new things and to take on new challenges.
Having interests and being able to participate in activities is something all parents want for their child. Many parents of SEND children are concerned that their child’s ‘world’ is restricted to home and school and they want their child to have greater variety and opportunities. Many parents express the desire for their children to participate in mainstream activities in their local community but, finding suitable and accessible leisure activities can be a big challenge. Even before you've left the house there are a number of things to consider, such as transport, costs and finding suitable facilities. As a result, the prospect of organising an activity or a day trip can be a daunting prospect.
Certainly there are obstacles. But with careful planning and preparation, parents can help their children to get involved in leisure activities both on their own and together as a family, and might even be able to relax and enjoy the experience themselves.
- have fun
- take part in exciting activities that interest them
- develop feelings of independence and get more confidence
- spend time with their friends and family – and make new one
- achieve personal goals and learn new skills
- enable children and young people with disabilities and additional needs to join in with safe, entertaining and interesting activities
- provide important opportunities for learning and are an essential part of a child’s experience.
All the activities and venues in this section have been recommended by parents of children with SEND.
If you any other suggestions for places to go and things to do, please contact
- Waltham Forest Parent Forum who will forward your ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org
The London Borough of Waltham Forest is not endorsing these examples and stresses that there are a range of other activities and services that may be of equal or greater benefit. You are also reminded of the disclaimer of this website.