JIGSAW PARENT CARER SUPPORT GROUP For all Parents/Carers of persons living in Leicester and Leicestershire with a diagnosis or on the pathway of Autism Spectrum Condition. Refreshments are provided. Benefits advice, info and support provided in a relaxed and confidential setting. When – 4th Tuesday of each month, 7pm to 9pm. Where – The Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, South Wigston, LE18 4UZ Contact – Donna Johnson 07583634682 [email protected]

OAKLANDS SCHOOL FAMILY COFFEE MORNINGS LAS are partnering with Oaklands School in Leicester, an Autism Special School commended by National Autistic Society for Furthering the Knowledge of Autism. All are welcome. When – Every 2nd Tuesday of the month (term time only) 10am to 11.30am Where – Oaklands School, Whitehall Road, Leicester, LE5 6GJ Contact – LAS at [email protected] or the school on 0116 2415921

MELTON MOWBRAY SPECTRUM SUPPORT GROUP A group to offer support to parents and carers of people with Autism. When – 3rd Tuesday of the month Where – Royal British Legion (skittle alley), 12-14 Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1RB Contact – email: [email protected] or Facebook: Melton Mowbray Spectrum Support

JIGSAW-LAS LEGO CLUB For young people aged 5+ years with ASD diagnosis or on the pathway for diagnosis. This club is run When – 2nd Saturday of each month, 11am to 12.30pm. Where – Blaby Methodist Church, Winchester Road, Blaby, LE8 4HL Cost – £2 per participant Contact – Donna Johnson 07583634682 [email protected]

LAS SATURDAY PLAY CLUB In partnership with the WELL CAFÉ in KIBWORTH we are hosting a play club for young people with Autism and severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties in a relaxed environment. There is a safe and enclosed garden which can be used, weather permitting. Every young person must be accompanied by a parent or adult carer. Another goal of the club is to provide parents/carers of the young persons an opportunity to meet and have a cuppa and chat with other parents/carers whilst their young person enjoys supervised play in a safe environment. Activities will include sensory play materials and games, music, exercise and movement. We will work with advice and support from Carers, Teachers, Art Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Music Therapists and the Autism Outreach Team. We will have 2 support workers at each session. When – 2nd Saturday of each month, 2pm-4pm. Where – The Well Café, 45 High Street, Kibworth Beauchamp, LE8 0HS Cost – Free but donations accepted for refreshments and venue hire. Contact – [email protected] to book a place as spaces are limited.

JIGSAW FRIENDSHIP CLUB For young people aged 11-19 years with ASD and moderate learning difficulties. Activities include X Box, Wii, PlayStation, Table Tennis, Pool Table, Football Table, board and card games, arts and crafts and a snug to chill out or watch DVD’s. Refreshments are provided and there is a tuck shop, which the members take turns to run, where snacks can be purchased. Parents/carers do not need to stay for these sessions as support workers are there to supervise. When – 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month (1st Group) 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month (2nd Group), 7pm to 9pm. Where – Youth Zone, The Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, South Wigston, LE18 4UZ Contact – Donna Johnson 07583634682 [email protected] to pre-register as spaces are limited.

JIGSAW-LAS HOLIDAY CLUB For young people with ASD diagnosis or on the pathway for a diagnosis. A great opportunity for families to get together and have a fun time with their young person with ASD during the school holidays. The holiday welcomes siblings and parent/carer supervision are required as this club is run by volunteers. When – Tuesday and Thursdays during the school holidays (except xmas) Where – Tuesdays see Link Up or LAS Facebook Page for details. Thursdays – Party Hire Centre, Unit 7 St Mary’s Business Park, Market Harborough, LE16 7QJ Contact – Donna Johnson 07583634682 [email protected]

ASD FAMILY SWIMMING SESSIONS Free swimming sessions for families with a child/young person with ASD. Sessions paid for by LAS/Miracles to Believe In. When – Every Saturday of the year apart from Bank Holiday Weekends, 3.30pm to 5pm. Where – Bosworth Community Sports College, Desford, LE9 9JL Contact – John Brotherhood 01455 286167 or 07896519816




MELTON MOWBRAY YOUTH CLUB Run by Melton Mencap and Sponsored by Miracles to Believe In. This group is for children and young people aged from 9 to 19 years old who have Autism. The group will provide a range of activities and games to support all ranges of ability. Young people will have space to play, access to specialist areas like soft play and multi-sensory rooms plus the freedom of the large play area outside, with outdoor play equipment, grassed areas and lots of fresh air. When – Every 3rd Saturday of the month, 10am to 1pm Where – Birchwood School, Grange Drive, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1HA Cost – £10 per session Contact – Sue Milligan/Simon Bailey 01664 564237

FAMILY DROP-IN SESSIONS IN RUTLAND It is a very informal peer support group. Join us for a cuppa. We will have information for families living with disabilities. Where – The Rutland Community Hub (next to Lidl), Lands End Way, Oakham, LE15 6RB Contact – Caroline at the Rutland Rotaract Family Support Centre email:[email protected]

LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ASD COFFEE MORNINGS Are you a parent, grandparent, carer or family friend of someone with Autism? If so…why not come and join us for a cuppa and a chat! Everyone welcome! When – Last Friday of the month (term time only) 10am to 12 noon Where – Kirby Muxloe Free Church, Main Street, Kirby Muxloe, LE9 2AN Contact – Rox on 0116 2874517

TRANSLATE Offering Talks and Tea, support, Information and advice. When – 1st Monday of the month @ 7.30pm Contact -Jo or Paul on 01509 554797 or email: [email protected]

CHARNWOOD SATURDAY CLUB For children between 5 and 19 years old and on the Autism Spectrum. Run by ASPIRE:Lifeskills Sponsored by Miracles To Believe In When – Saturday – once a month, 10am to 1pm Where – Loughborough Town Centre Cost – £15 per session Contact – Viv Boulton or Steve Parkinson email:[email protected]

THE MONDAY CLUB This is a social group based in Leicester for adults aged 18-65 who have Autism. We aim to create a supportive environment for our members to meet, either in a mainstream setting or in the community, with trained staff and volunteers available to offer support where necessary. We provide a variety of enjoyable activities for our members and offer the opportunity to meet others with Autism and to develop friendships and mutual support through structured activity evenings. The club is funded by the City and County Social Services and works with them to identify and provide services to adults with Autism. When – Mondays, 7pm to 9pm Where – Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living, West End Neighbourhood Centre, Andrewes Street, Leicester, LE3 5PA Contact – 07873311610 or [email protected]

ADHD SOLUTIONS We provide information, help and support for children, young people, and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, their families and anyone who supports them or works with them in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Membership gives you access to courses, regular newsletters, discounted activity days and youth club sessions, discounted venue hire and use of the sensory room (£5 per hour). There are support groups out in the community in Blaby, Lutterworth, Coalville, Hinckley, Market Harborough and Loughborough. Where – St Gabriel’s Community Centre, Kerrysdale Avenue, Rushey Mead, Leicester, LE4 7GH Cost – £60 per year Contact – 0116 2610711 or [email protected] or visit the website for more information

LEICESTER WHEELS FOR ALL We have a fleet of adapted bikes that allow people to experience the fun of cycling in a supported venue. We have a fantastic team of volunteers and session leaders who are trained to enable you to get the most from your cycling with us at our events. When – 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month, 1pm to 3pm Where – Saffron Lane Athletics Stadium, Saffron Lane, Leicester, LE2 7NQ Cost – £5 per individual, £10 per family, £30 per group (up to 8) Carers and Supporters are Free Contact – See website for booking form –

360 PLAY HUB & LEICESTERSHIRE PARENT CARER FORUM 360 Play have set up a SEN session once a month and the LPCF have been able to set up a little hub at the venue enabling parents to get together. Katie and Diane chair the meetings that last for about 20 minutes, the purpose being to pass on information relating to the LPCF, gain views and feedback on issues, sometimes on behalf of LCC, listen to points of concern that parents may be experiencing and to offer support. We are a small group that is growing, and we welcome new members. When – last Friday of the month, 6.30pm to 8.30pm Where – 360 Play, Meridian Leisure Park, Lubbesthorpe Way, Leicester, LE19 1JZ Cost – £6 per participant, Parent/Carer are Free

SPIRIT AT PLAY HORSE CENTRE This is a non-horse-riding centre which focuses on helping children interact with six horses on the ground. It is for people of all abilities from those who have never been near a horse before to those who have ridden and been around horses. Our latest project called Families United is designed for children with additional needs and their siblings. Where – Spirit at Play Horse Centre, Illston On the Hill, LE8 8BJ Contact – 07557819483

TWO STEEPLES PUBLIC HOUSE & WACKY WAREHOUSE Soft Play centre with a relaxed session just for children with SEND. When – Last Wednesday of the month, 4pm to 7pm Where – Two Steeples Public House, Paddock Street, Wigston, LE18 1AD Cost – £3.50 for each child over the age of 1 years old Contact – 0116 2813856

JUNGLE MADNESS Soft Play suitable for up to 12-year olds. Occasional SEND sessions but friendly staff suggested visiting on a Monday and Tuesday 4.30pm to 6.30pm. They realise most children don’t even want two hours and say if you want to come along at about 6pm for just the last 30 minutes when it is quieter – let them know and you can attend without charge. Where – Jungle Madness, Church Street, Donisthorpe, Swadlincote, DE12 7PX Contact – 01530 272203

MOUNTSORREL MEMORIAL HALL Happy for extra activities. Peppercorns Café open for refreshments. When – Once a month, 12.30pm to 2.30pm Adults and 4pm to 5pm for Under 16’s Where – Mountsorrel Memorial Centre, Leicester Road, Mountsorrel, Loughborough, LE12 7DB Cost – £2 per person, Parent/Carers are Free Check their Facebook page as I have been advised it is usually weekly!

BIRSTALL UNITED JUNIORS FOOTBALL We run an inclusive team up to the age of 11 years old. When – Saturdays, 11am to 12 noon. Where – Meadow Lane, Birstall, Leicester, LE4 4EU Cost – £2.50 per session Contact – Stephen Carr 07768111780

AYLESTONE PARK FOOTBALL CLUB We offer children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to train and play football, feel part of a team and make new friends. When – Friday Evenings Contact – Andrew Lennon 07368210471

OADBY & WIGSTON INCLUSIVE FOOTBALL CLUB We are part of Leicestershire & Rutland Inclusive League and play in their monthly tournaments. When – Saturdays, 10am to 11am for ages 6 to 15 yrs, and 10.30 to 12 noon for over 16’s Where – The Meadows Sports Ground, Leicester Road, Countesthorpe, LE8 5QW Cost – £7.50 per month Contact – Beth Russell 07896345409

FTM DANCE We offer both children’s and adult services, as well as dance, drama and music and creative therapies and summer playschemes. Contact – 07543 068872 or email: [email protected]