Inclusion information and events

We've brought together bits and pieces of information to try to help make Leeds events and activities for children and young people with additional needs that little bit more accessible. Scroll down to see our selection, and if you have anything to add, or any comments to make please email us at

Click to expandLeeds Local Offer

The Leeds Local Offer website helps you find services and information for families, children and young people with SEN and disability aged 0 to 25 living in Leeds.
There is information about council, health and voluntary sector services. The site has been specifically designed to look for information from Facebook, Wikipedia and many other sources on the web. The Leeds Local Offer website pulls everything together in one place for you.

Leeds Local Offer

Click to expandChildren and Families Act 2014

There are changes taking place to services for children and young people with special needs and disabilities. Some new laws have been agreed as part of the Children and Families Act 2014. These changes will start from September 2014 and should improve things for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
What do the new laws say?
Councils must make sure that children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities can get good information about fun things to do and services to help them. This is called The Local Offer.
Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities must get to have more of a say about the services they use. People in charge of councils and health services must listen to the views of children and young people and take them into account.
There will be a new assessment process and new Education, Health and Care Plans for some children and young people in future
An assessment is when people like teachers and health workers talk to you and your family to find out what support you need as you learn and grow up. An Education, Health and Care Plan is used to decide what support you will get, and write it down in one place.
Not everyone needs an Education, Health and Care Plan. They are only for people who need lots of support. If you have a Statement or a Learning Difficulty Assessment now, you may have one of the new plans instead in future.
Please get in touch if you would like to join a parent/ carer or young person user group and receive our regular newsletter, surveys and invitations to focus groups. There are lots of benefits to joining a user group including gaining new skills and experiences, sharing your views and feeling listened to and playing an active role in improving services for the children and young people in Leeds. Contact the for more information.

Family Information Leeds

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Click to expandPyramid of Arts

Pyramid run collaborative art groups for people with and without learning disabilities to come together to produce large-scale work for public exhibition and performance. We work in a wide range of artforms including visual art, music and drama.
We also offer 1:1 tuition for people with learning disabilities who have a specific area of artistic interest that they want to develop, either as a hobby or professionally.

Pyramid of Arts

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Buzz creative arts projects and workshops are designed especially for young people aged 14 to 25 with a learning disability. We have support workers in all our sessions but if you require one to one support, please bring a Personal Assistant or carer with you. For more information on Buzz, or to book a place on one of the projects or workshops, please call Maria Thelwell on 0113 245 5252 or email:

First Floor

Click to expandAccess Leeds Theatre

Access Leeds Theatre is a partnership between City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds Grand Theatre, Northern Ballet, Opera North, The Carriageworks Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse. We are proud to be the first regional collective producing a comprehensive newsletter for patrons using accessible theatre.
We aim to provide information about accessible theatre performances in Leeds, all in one place to make it easier for people wishing to use these services. We offer a number of services to help ensure that everyone can enjoy a high quality theatre experience in Leeds, including signed, audio described, captioned and relaxed performances.
The  latest newsletter details a fantastic selection of accessible theatre performances across Leeds.
To sign up to the newsletter or for more information, please email

Spring Newsletter (pdf)

Click to expandPurple Patch Arts

A ‘purple patch’ is a time in a person’s life where things come together and they excel. Purple Patch Arts’ work is all about inspiring creative adventure; improving the lives and life chances of people with learning disabilities, mental ill health and / or dementia, and creating as many purple patches as possible! Purple Patch Arts is a not-for-profit social enterprise.

They have been operating in Leeds since the company was founded in 2009 and are based in Bradford. They run lifelong learning programmes for adults with learning disabilities across Yorkshire and the North West alongside holiday activities for young people, wider social inclusion projects and training.

Purple Patch

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Phoenix Dance Theatre offers free creative dance classes for young people with additional needs aged between 9 and 18 years.
Designed to be fun, creative and highly energising, these sessions will give young people the opportunity to meet others interested in dance, learn new skills and perform.
We are located on Quarry Hill, near West Yorkshire Playhouse. We are a short walk from Leeds City Bus Station.
Young people may come along on their own or attend with a family member / carer. If you would like to bring someone with you, just let us know when you book your place. All staff are very experienced in dealing with both physical and behavioural needs.
These classes are FREE to attend but please note that places are limited. For more information or to book your place, please call our Education team on 0113 236 8130.

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The Verve projects provide a great opportunity for young people aged 10-15 with Asperger’s Syndrome to take part in creative musical activities; allowing them to develop a range of compositional, musical, performance and social skills through interactive workshops. .
If you would like to talk further about Verve  please contact Jo Bedford by email or on 0113 3993202.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Email: Jo Bedford

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Prince Philip PHAB Club
A free  integrated youth club for physically handicapped and able bodied young people ages 11 – 25, Fridays at 6pm – 10pm. At Prince Philip CC, Scott Hall Avenue, Scott Hall Road, LS7 5HJ.
Further information from David Scholes/Tony Knight on 0113 214 5842.

Creative Fun
Healthy eating, sports, games, arts and crafts. A weekly social club for young people with Learning Disabilities in partnership between People in Action and Leeds Youth Service.
Fridays 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Ages: 11+ Kentmere Community Centre, Kentmere Avenue, Leeds LS14 1BW.  Contact Philip Spellacy 0113 214 1456/7 or 07891 274344.

Accredited Learning for NEET young people with Learning Disabilities
Joinery project involving the construction of wooden planters for the Youth Hub in partnership between People in Action and Leeds Youth Service with support from ‘Jimbo’s Fund’.
Ages: 16+, Denis Healey Centre, Foundry Mill St. Leeds LS14 6RD

Contact Philip Spellacy 0113 214 1456/7 or 07891 274344.

Click to expandME2 Inclusive Dance Company

For young people aged 11-24 with and without disabilities. Come and join us every Friday 6.30-8pm during term time at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 4BH.

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We organise these events so that your children and family can meet and spend time with other people and families who have similar experiences. Please come along and support us and, more importantly, have lots of fun!
You find out more about what we do by emailing Louise and Sam on or or by text on 0794902567  We look forward to seeing you very soon!

Click to expandIn Motion - Northern Ballet

Developing creativity and dance skills for wheelchair users aged 7 upwards in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. Move in a way entirely new to you and play an active role in the entire creative process too.

For more information contact Leanne Kirkham at Northern Ballet at

Click to expandAutism Friendly Film Screenings

For the latest information on Autism Friendly Film Screenings and participating cinemas

The Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card -  national card that can be used to verify that the holder is entitled to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema.

Autism Friendly Film Screenings

Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card

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Click to expandThe Family Information Service

The Family Information Service offer a great disability section for families with lots of information about what is going on in the city and what support is available. Take a look at some of these links

Family Information Service

Disability information

Learning for Life

Click to expandDisability Sport

Sports programme, useful website links, club info and more

Disability Sport

Click to expandChanging Places in Leeds

Changing Places are toilet facilities for people with profound and multiple disabilities. They are fitted with specialist equipment, such as a hoist and changing bench, and provide sufficient space for up to two carers to support the person with a disability to use the Changing Place.

Changing Places in Leeds