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Local Community

What's on in the Surrey and beyond

Family events and activities:

Library events

Surrey Libraries offer an extensive programme of events including activities and fun workshops with Dogs Trust dogs, virtual storytelling sessions, rhymetime, art workshops, digital events and much more. More information about all library events and activities can be found on the Surrey Libraries web page.

Holiday Activities

Within Surrey there are a number of companies that offer holiday activities for children with special needs.

Challengers Playschemes

The playschemes are places for disabled and non disabled children aged 4 to 12 to make new friends and have fun. Activities include art, noisy and active play (bouncy castles, soft play and rough and tumble), outside space for accessible bikes, trikes, go karts, ball games, sand and water play and mucking about as well as quiet space for curling up with a book and stories. They run at venues in Esher, Farnham and Guildford.

Challengers Youth schemes 

The youth schemes enable disabled young people aged 13 to 18 to make friends and try lots of fun activities. Programme of activities include music workshops, baking, sports, trips out and much more. Up to half the spaces are reserved for young people who have complex impairments and need a higher level of support. They run at venues in Caterham, Farnham, Guildford and Molesey. 


Head2Head Theatre provide holiday activities for children and young people aged 0 to 19+ with a wide range of disabilities, and their families. Their half day family holiday activities offer a multi-sensory, interactive, walkabout performance of a classic story. Families may bring a picnic and enjoy their lunchtime activities (sensory tent, craft and games).  

Contact details: 01372 278021


KIDS provide specialist play and leisure opportunities for children and young people with Autism. Their Play and Leisure centred based days are held at Addlestone Youth Centre. In addition to the centre based days they also provide opportunities for children and young people to access local community activities such as swimming, bowling and cinema trips.

They provide support for two age groups 5 to 11 and 12 to 17 and the service operates on a number of Saturdays and during some school holidays. The service provides a mixture of 1:1 and 1:2 support.

Find out about other events happening in the Surrey community here, and in the Hampshire community here.

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS)

SENDIASS offer information, advice, and support for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This service is also offered directly to young people.

Please click here to access the Hampshire SENDIASS

Under the Children & Families Act (2014) it is a legal requirement that all Local Authorities have a SEND IAS Service and KIDS provide a number of these services across the country.

The service is free, impartial and confidential.

KIDS SENDIASS have developed resources providing information and advice for parents, carers, professionals and young people.

KIDS SENDIASS also have a dedicated YouTube channel that provides free information and training webinars as well as a region-specific content where KIDS host a SENDIAS Service.

Please click here to go to the KIDS website

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