Activities across Wiltshire accessible to the SEND community.
This page contains links to all kinds of activities to enjoy in your free time, from sport programmes to volunteering and youth clubs. If you think we might be missing something, please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking to grow and improve the local offer collaboratively, so if that interests you, visit Getting involved for even more ways to make your mark in your community.
Wiltshire offers a range of support for young people with learning disabilities and autism. Our team work closely with individuals and their families on a personalised plan that starts with their existing skills and interests.
Day opportunities are for people with a learning disability who wish to be independent in the community but require additional training or assistance. The services aim to enable community members to join in activities, work or volunteer, to meet up with friends, and make new ones!
More information about day opportunities can be found by visiting the adult care website:
The Ability Sports programme provides opportunities for adults and young people with disabilities to access a sport of their choice. On the following page you can also find links to coaching and club development.
For more information please visit:
Short breaks are accessible activities and leisure opportunities that children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can participate in. Wiltshire's Short Breaks Scheme, has been designed in consultation with parents and carers, it is open to children and young people aged 6 to 18 years old with an EHCP.
For how to apply and information about the scheme please visit:
The Wiltshire Parent Carer Council (WPCC) also hosts information on Short Breaks and publishes regular Short Breaks Bulletins about what is available and the application process.
Every day adults, children and their carers struggle to access their community and local area because they are unable to use standard accessible toilet facilities - something that many of us take for granted. Wiltshire Council is committed to enabling everyone within the community access to our vibrant towns, services and local amenities. We are proud to support the national Changing Places campaign.
Locations and access
- Olympiad Leisure Centre, Chippenham
- Leigh Delamere Services (M4 - westbound), Chippenham
- Springfield Campus, Corsham
- Tesco, Calne
- County Hall, Trowbridge
- Hillworth Park, Devizes
- Devizes Leisure Centre
- The Vale Community Campus, Pewsey
- Pewsey Library
- Warminster Civic Centre
- Tesco, Tidworth
- Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Amesbury
- Nadder Centre, Tisbury
- Fiver Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre, Salisbury
- Queen Elizabeth Gardens, Lush House, Salisbury
- Melksham Community Campus, Melksham
Changing Places facilities can be accessed by Radar key.
The Radar National Key enables access to disabled toilets for people with disabilities and can be purchased from Disability Rights UK and some tourist information points.
For further information please visit:
For information about Wiltshire leisure facilities and where they can be found please visit:
For their page on specific SEND supportive activities please visit https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-ability-sports.
Many of the leisure sites have Changing Places facilities which can be accessed during opening hours. Information can be found above, in the Changing Places section on this page.
Full accessibility information about specific locations can be found on their facilities accessibility page.
Wiltshire has libraries across the county, including mobile spaces. There are many ways these services are adapted to improve access for those in the SEND community.
Find out more about library services for those with additional needs please visit:
Full accessibility information about specific locations can be found on the facilities accessibility page.
FUEL is the holiday activity and food programme is funded by Department of Education and aims to provide children from reception to year 11 who receive benefit related free school meals (FSM) with free access to enriching activities, nutritious meals and healthy eating information during the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays.
The HAF programme is delivered in Wiltshire using the brand FUEL (Food, Unity, Energy, Laugher) and the programme is a direct response to the growing issue of holiday hunger.
The FUEL programme a bespoke provision for school aged children from reception to year 11 who receive benefit related free school meals.
The FUEL programme is also available to children that meet any of the below:
- children that are refugees
- children that are currently in the care system
- young carers
- children that are referred into the programme by a professional service (eg. Local authority, schools, social service)
For more information please visit:
Community events and activities
The following website provides a place to share activities with others or find things to do within the community.
The digital platform that connects people, groups and organisations in Wiltshire to their community. You can list support, volunteering, groups and relevant events.