The Autism Toolbox: Leisure

This "Toolbox" brings together advice, local support, services, activities and resources relating to autism. The name toolbox has been chosen to reflect that anyone, with or without an autism diagnosis, parents and professionals can make use of this information which covers various topics. This section is about Leisure and things to do.

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Activity Highlights

Gym discounts

Guide to accessible activities

For activity providers/organisers


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Autism Friendly Cinema Screenings (High Wycombe and Aylesbury)

Autism Friendly Youth Clubs

  

Activity Highlights 

Animal Antiks

Animal Assisted Learning that creates an environment which is non-judgemental, engaging, safe and provides opportunities for our young people to achieve and learn new skills. Location: Manor Farm, St Johns Lane, North Marston Buckingham.

Day activities at Sees the Day

Offer a range of day activities and services for adults with a wide range of needs from mild to moderate, profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and those on the autistic spectrum’. They have access to professional service such as: Speech and Language specialist: Promoting effective communication and Autism Specialist: providing personalised support and advice for parents/ carers, caring for an individual with specific ASD needs.

Follyfoot Healing with Horses

A therapeutic centre using our horses to help children and families who may benefit from spending time in a tranquil, peaceful setting and interacting with some of our beautiful horses.  Their facilities enable them to work with young people and adults with physical or learning disabilities, challenging behaviour and autism.

Marlow Wheels for All (Inclusive Cycling Project)

An inclusive cycling programme operated by Cycling Projects offering children and adults of all abilities the opportunity to cycle either independently or with their family or as part of a group.

The Missenden Walled Garden

A charity that provides day support for people with disabilities or mental health issues based within the grounds of Missenden Abbey in Buckinghamshire. The team of staff and volunteers help their “gardeners’ to grow and reach their potential at their own pace.

Nclude

Provides a range of activities and courses that have been identified by people with a learning disability. They have Nclude Women, Nclude Men, Nclude Choices as well as Drama sessions, allotment projects, and creative arts groups. Nclude also run an Nclude Me coffee shop, travel training courses and Individual Support. Located/based: Amersham Community Centre in Amersham.

Waddesdon Manor's checklist for children on the autistic spectrum 

Waddesdon Manor have produced a handy a checklist for children on the autistic spectrum to help them plan, prepare and enjoy their visit to the full. The checklist contains various pictures of the attractions including the manor, gardens and the aviary. Children can cut out the pictures of what they want to see and build an itinerary using the template. There are also cut-outs for “I need the toilet”, “I need a break” and “I’m ready to go home”.

View and download the checklist (PDF, 1.73MB)

   

Gym discounts

Both BETTER Leisure and Everyone Active offer discounts to those with a disability. Below is a breakdown and/or details of these discounts with links to the Buckinghamshire centres run by each company. Here is a combined list of all these leisure centres (offering discounts).

BETTER Health and Fitness Concessionary

Offer off-peak, concessionary memberships for anyone currently receiving benefits. This discounted membership lets you use Better facilities in your local borough. The benefits of our Concessionary Better Health and Fitness membership include:

  • No joining fee
  • No contract
  • Inclusive access to all Better gyms, swimming pools and fitness classes in your local area
  • Free personalised fitness induction and tailored exercise programme
  • Six-week refocus sessions to help you stay motivated

You’ll also be able to save up to 30% on other activities not included in your membership. And for added convenience, you can book online up to 14 days in advance, or up to 7 days head by phone.

Centres in: Chesham, Amersham, Beaconsfield, Chalfont St Peter, Iver, Great Missenden, Thame

See Better Leisure Centres in Buckinghamshire

  

Everyone Active

Discounted memberships available for those in receipt of certain benefits, proof of concession will be required on the first visit. Concession proof accepted at this site include: Council Tax Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Housing Benefit, Passport To Leisure, Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit, Blue Badge, Job Seekers, Carers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Income Support.

Centres in: Aylesbury and Buckingham (also in Berkhamstead, Hemel Hempstead, Watford and Rickmansworth)

See Everyone Active Centres in Buckinghamshire

   

Guide to accessible activities

Motability have produced a "Rough Guide to Accessible Britain". It covers over 180 reviews of accessible and inspiring days out.  The Guide aims to inspire and support people with diverse needs in enjoying the best of Britain’s attractions – whatever their disability. Chris Packham is the guide's foreword writer.

Read the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain

   

For activity providers/organisers 

LEAP Disability Summit

This yearly summit welcomes disability organisations and sport and activity providers to start conversations about how, by working together, we can break down the barriers to disabled people becoming and staying active.