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Activities and things to do

You may find it helpful to visit AccessAble to search for accessible places to visit, or see our disabled access in Enfield page.

For information on affordable and free activities in Enfield (including parks), local boroughs and central London, view the Enfield Children and Young Persons’ Services guide (PDF).

Cinema

The CEA card is one of the ways for participating cinemas to ensure they make reasonable adjustments for disabled guests when they go to the cinema.

The CEA card offers one free ticket for the person accompanying you, provided you purchase a full price ticket for yourself for the same film. The free ticket is provided on the assumption that the person accompanying you is able to provide you with appropriate assistance, such as helping you move around the cinema, use the toilet and purchase refreshments.

Autism friendly screenings are also available at over 250 cinemas.

Sport and drama

Our sports development team offer affordable sporting and physical activity courses and events for residents. We provide a range of accessible activities, throughout the community. For more information, contact the team on 020 8379 3762.

Autism and learning disability friendly fitness sessions, with accessible equipment and trained friendly staff, are held weekly at:

The first session is free and extra discounts are available. For more information call 020 8379 5707.

You can also join one of our leisure centres.

The following groups are used and supported by us:

  • Chickenshed is an inclusive theatre company in North London, creating theatre for all ages and running successful outreach projects, education courses and membership programmes
  • Inclusive Cycling Scheme at Bush Hill Park is free to Enfield residents. There are specially adapted bikes and wheelchair friendly cycles.
  • Enfield National Autistic Society has a programme of events
  • Free sport for Londoners offers karate for children and young people with disabilities
  • Facefront Inclusive Theatre was created by artists committed to working inclusively within their art form. They have developed a multi-accessible style of performance.
  • Gillians Riding School provides regular disability classes
  • Halliwick Penguins is a swimming club run on a voluntary basis for disabled people
  • Jump In for fun jumping and climbing
  • Scope Befriending Services provide a one-to-one befriending service for young people under 19 who need support in the local community or at home. This might be to access activities, to go the shops, meet friends or simply talk to someone.
  • SEN-den provides support and information for families dealing with autism
  • Special Olympics aim to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports, for children and adults with intellectual disabilities
  • Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is committed to providing the best sports, health, training, and education programmes. It creates encourages innovation and enhances life skills.
  • The Inclusion Project is a multi-award-winning innovative initiative that promotes a healthy, social and active lifestyle for adults with learning disabilities
  • Sticky Fingers provides breakfast, afterschool and holiday clubs
  • Zebras Childrens and Adults Charity can help you to have fun and enjoy your life

You can also find things to do by visiting Youth Enfield or MyLife.

To find out about specialist short breaks see joint service for disabled children.

These organisations provide playschemes and/or after school activities:

  • Abundant Living with Autism provides holiday playschemes for children on the autism spectrum who are aged 8 to 13 years. After school clubs can be accessed by children aged 6 to 11 years if they attend Russet House School.
  • Centre 404 provides specialist playschemes for children and young people aged 8 and above. These playschemes are held at Oaktree School.
  • Dazu provides a range of recreational activities, including holiday playschemes for children and young people of all abilities
  • Enfield Children and Young Persons' Service (ECYPS) offers holiday activities for children and young people of all abilities
  • Very Important People Service (VIPS) provides specialist playschemes for children and young people aged 8 and above
  • West Lea School offers playschemes and after school clubs for children and young people aged 8 and above

Choosing a club or activity

When choosing a club or activity for your child or young person, you should check:

  • staff have a current police check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • how many staff work at the service and if they can meet the needs of your child
  • staff have first aid training and qualifications
  • what qualifications and experience the manager has and if you can arrange to meet them
  • there is a training plan for staff, including how to manage behaviour that challenges
  • staff attend safeguarding (child protection) training
  • there are health and safety procedures for children, staff and the building
  • there are policies, procedures and risk assessments in place
  • they have public liability insurance
  • if recruitment processes ensure staff have the right attitude, experience and knowledge to care for your child safely
  • if your child needs to attend for the whole holiday period when choosing a holiday playscheme
  • the structure of the holiday playscheme
  • the scheme can hold your child's place open while you take a family holiday
  • if there is an additional cost for attending outings
  • cancellation policies and if the fee will still need to be paid
  • if the playscheme is registered with Ofsted
  • if children under eight years old attend
  • when the last inspection was and the outcome
  • how many children attend the service and what the age ranges are
  • how staff will contact you in an emergency
  • facilities and equipment meet the needs of children with disabilities
  • what hours and days the service operates
  • current fees
  • if ages are mixed during activities
  • what activities are available and if the child can choose which ones they do
  • if snacks or meals are provided
  • if you need to bring supplies such as supply pads or snacks
  • if staff are welcoming, approachable and interested in you and your child
  • if staff listen and respond to children and join in with their play
  • the environment is bright, comfortable, secure and clear with plenty of floor space to move around
  • there are clean and safe toys and equipment appropriate for different stages of development
  • how much individual attention children get
  • there is a quiet area for children

You can ask the manager if you would like to see evidence of any of these.

Home care and home sitting services are provided mostly within a child’s or young person’s home and include some personal care.

These organisations can provide home care and home sitting services for children and young people with mild to severe learning and/or physical disabilities:

  • Carers Trust (Lea Valley Crossroads Care Service) has carers able to speak the following languages: Bulgarian, Croatian, Fante, French, Ga, Hindi, Italian, Lingala, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish and Twi
  • Edenvale Care has carers able to speak the following languages: Polish, Mandarin, Welsh, Bulgarian, Romanian, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Urdu, Greek, Cantonese and Arabic
  • Marego has carers able to speak the following languages: French, German, Italian and basic Turkish
  • Nissi Homecare has carers able to speak the following languages: French, Italian, Spanish, Yoruba and Greek
  • Springcare Support Services has carers able to speak the following languages: Turkish, Somali, Spanish, French, Lingala, Igbo, Twi and Russian

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