Leisure activities

The Heathway Centre

The Heathway Centre runs a range of groups for children and young people with special needs where they can come with their brothers and sisters, including pre-school activities and youth clubs.

Youth centres

There are four youth centres around the borough and young people who are disabled are welcomed from 9 to 25 years old.

The Sycamore Trust

The Sycamore Trust runs a range of social activities specifically for children and young adults with Autism and Learning Difficulties.

Patch Kids Club

Patch Kids Club offer one-to-one support for young people aged 5 – 18 and include activities such as ball pool, group activities and games, sensory room and arts and crafts as well as trips including swimming and park visits.

Ab Phab Youth Club

Ad Phab is a youth club for 11 to 25 year-olds an inclusive youth club which enables young people with and without disabilities to come together on equal terms by bringing them together at youth sessions and going out into the community to establish new friendships, communication skills and self esteem.


New Rough Guide to Accessible Britain 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 attractions, what their disability.

Children’s centres

Children’s centres provide a range of activities for children.

Family Information Directory

Our Family Information Directory provides information of activities, services and support groups for carers and young children with learning, physical, sensory disabilities and additional needs.

Max Card

The Max Card is a national discount initiative for children and young people with additional needs (sensory, physical or a learning disability) aged 0 to 18 years.

Families of eligible children living in Barking and Dagenham can apply to receive a free Max Card, via the council, using our application form.

Max Card enquiries

020 8227 5500