Summer Holidays - Stuff To Do Everyone has had to be extra creative this summer! But in true Mancunian style, there are some great things planned for SEND families in the city – and all for free! We’ll be sending out more newsletters than usual to let you know what’s happening. Whilst we’re making every effort to give you the correct information, we’re in a situation where some details might change. So keep an eye out for updates!
Here’s some of the fun stuff coming up:Some activities need to be booked and you’ll start to get information about how to do this from next week. Bee Family Friendly 4CT will be running online family support bubbles throughout the holidays, facilitating families to do stuff together. More info to follow. Summer Ceramics This exciting project with Venture Arts will provide boxes for over 100 families to create ceramics over an 8 week period, including firing times. There will also be an opportunity after the summer to display pieces in an exhibition alongside the work of Dominic Bennett and Louise Hewitt, the local disabled artists who have co-designed the project. Booking info to follow. Park Fun There are lots of fun, inclusive activities in the city’s parks this summer that SEND families can access for free. This includes Tree Top Trek and boating at Heaton Park, cycling and dance at Alexandra Park and animal fun at Wythenshawe Park. Booking info to follow. Many facilities are starting to re-open in our parks. This includes children’s play areas, toilets, cafes and ice cream vendors, as well as multi-use games areas, BMX and skate parks, and tennis courts. Keep up to date with this information from Manchester City Council.
Pedal & Picnic Join two Simply Cycling staff for an all ability guided ride and picnic on Manchester’s green routes, off-road trails and parks. The activity is for two families at a time (max. 10 people) and the routes will be geared around families’ needs and abilities. Booking info to follow. School Play Spaces Two special schools are opening spaces for play. It’s the same as if you were going to your local park but these spaces are especially for SEND families. You’ll be able to book 45 minute play sessions at The Birches in West Didsbury from Tuesday 21st July to Monday 3rd August. There’ll be juice, milk and biscuits, and toilets available. Melland High School’s playing field in Gorton will be open to families for three weeks - Monday 27th July to Friday 14th August. It’s a huge field, but enclosed, so ideal for energetic children to run around safely. You’d be welcome to take a picnic, just be aware that toilets aren’t available. Booking info to follow. Don’t forget, there are all kinds of things across the country that you can get involved in virtually, like music making and storytelling! See the ‘Stuff To Do’ section in our Local Offer Coronavirus Information & Advice.