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image of friendly group members smiling. Clubs & Organisations

In this section you will find information on the various inclusive clubs and organisations which run within the local area. For more information on each listing please click on the individual links.

Accessible Arts and Media logo

Description:

We are a community, arts and media provision based in York whose primary aim is to create accessible and inclusive opportunities for young people and people with disabilities to participate in high quality and affordable activities.

Age UK

Description:

Age UK York organises day clubs offering older people and attractive social meeting place, hot lunch, refreshments and interesting activities.

Get Cycling

Description:

For people with disabilities cycling offers exercise, fun, mobility and indendence: but too many cycles are bought without imparitial expert advice, and without the chance to try a range of options out. As a community interest company we see it as our role to help individuals, charities and local authorities to make the right choices. There is no need to buy inappropriate cycles when better and often cheaper solutions are available. To book this service or activity, please contact the organisation using the details provided.

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Description:

Brunswick is an organic nursery which offers work opportunities for adults with learning difficulties. The nurseries grow a wide range of seasonal organic vegetables and plants, they also sell a range of handmade crafts.

Brunswick Social Club friends

Description:

Workers at Brunswick with learning difficulties have set up Brunswick Social Club to support members to get out in the evenings and weekends. Brunswick Social Club is run by people with learning disabilities for people with learning disabilities. Please note that events are constantly changing and are not on a regular basis.

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CATALYST aims to inform, support and provide opportunities for socialising for residents of Bishopthorpe or nearby areas. There is a helpline 07743 743825 where enquirers will  be contacted and any queries will hope to be answered. the group has ccollected a great deal of information from Age Concern, York Council, etc.

Choose2 Youth

Description:

Choose2 Youth is a newly registered not for profit Social Enterprise working with Children, young people and adults with disabilities and additional needs in York and North Yorkshire. We are keen to hear from you about what is needed to support you & or your young people.

Our aim is to support and enable disabled people to reach their full potential by working with them and for them in a variety of ways. Actively involving them in creating opportunities which focus on their personal and social development. This includes settings such as youth clubs, after school clubs, short breaks and social events. Volunteering opportunities, alternative learning projects which can be accredited and work experience.

Rachel, Steve & Zoe all come from a youth work background and have over 50 years of experience of working with young people and adults with disabilities and additional needs and want to use this to create purposeful opportunities that meet the individuals needs.

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City of York AC is a local grassroots Athletic Club catering for beginner and elite athletes, newcomers and veterans alike. We offer quality and friendly coaching in a supportive environment providing opportunities for all participants to try all track and field events and cross country running. We have an established disability athletes group and run weekly athletics training sessions in York to cater for all ages from 5 for levels of ability.

York City Council

Description:

Information, advice and guidance about community opportunities including local interest and social groups. Signposting to other agencies and support groups. Support for existing community initiatives and the development of new ones. Community based Advice & Information Sessions. To book this service please contact the organisation.

Converge

Description:

Converge was established in 2008 by Nick Rowe and Gemma Alldred after they had taught an ‘Introduction to Theatre’ course at York St John University. At that time, both realised the potential of developing an arts education for mental health service users, delivered by students and held on a university campus. It was to become the key principle which, today, remains at the heart of Converge. Borne of a unique collaboration between the North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust and York St John University, Converge continues to deliver educational opportunities for people with mental health problems.


Edible York

Description:

 

Edible York wants to make York a better place to live by running edible gardening activities and horticultural initiatives.

We believe this will result in local residents who are:

Healthier – through eating better food and exercising more

More skilled and knowledgeable – through growing and food preparation

Engaged with their communities, environment and common interest groups

Edible York is entirely volunteer-run and the impact we have depends on the number of people involved.

Some of our volunteers have run Edible York seed swaps, others have established veg beds in their community, others still support funding applications and build websites!

Want to become part of our micro-revolution? Of course you do!

Friends of St Nicholas Fields

Description:

Friends of St Nicholas Fields is York’s leading organisation promoting sustainable living. We started by transforming a former landfill site into a thriving St Nicholas Fields Local Nature Reserve.

Group of mixed ability cyclists

Description:

Yorks Cycle Hire Centre, only minutes from Yorks major tourist attractions: City bikes, Family Options, Multi-Seat Cycles, Fun Bikes, Folding Bikes, Adult and Childrens Tricycles, Tandems Also available are a large number of cycles accessible for people with a wide range of disabilities and learning difficulties. For people with disabilities cycling offers exercise, fun, mobility and independence: but too many cycles are bought without impartial expert advice, and without the chance to try a range of options out. As a community interest company we see it as our role to help individuals, charities and local authorities to make the right choices. There is no need to buy inappropriate cycles when better and often cheaper solutions are available.

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Description:

Several small beds for use by under 18's with disabilities. Gardeners must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Some help may be given to maintain the plot from members of the Allotment Association.

Healthwatch York

Description:

Healthwatch York’s aim is to put local people at the heart of health and social care services in York. Every year we run a survey to ask people to vote for the topics they want us to work on, with the top two topics making it onto our work plan for the next year.

50% of people who responded to our 2016 survey this year put the closure of Bootham Park Hospital in their top 3. This topic is already on our work plan – our report on the closure and its impact on local people will be published soon. We are committed to working with Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust and the other organisations involved over the next 12 months to follow up the recommendations we have made. We will make sure all the issues people have raised are taken into account when the plans for the new hospital are being drawn up.

Lives Unlimited

Description:

Lives Unlimited is a family and user led group of people, all volunteers, who are actively working towards enabling disabled people and older people in the York area to:

• Have more control over their lives

• Be included as equal citizens and

• Enjoy the same choices and opportunities as anyone else in their community.


Lollipop York

Description:

Lollipop was established in 2004 to help combat such isolation and to offer social support to children & young people with hearing loss and their families.

It is a surprising fact that 9 out of 10 children with a hearing impairment are actually born to families with little or no previous experience of deafness and most of them attend their local mainstream schools.

Inclusion into local schools means the deaf children and young people have local friends who provide good language models and help with language development. However, for many they are the only child with a hearing loss in their school or family environment and this can therefore lead to isolation and problems with deaf identity.

This is where Lollipop can benefit such children and their families.

York Carers Group

Description:

Weekly group for carers to get together, enjoy refreshments and share their stories. Carers can bring the person they care for and will get information about a variety of topics. The group alternates between a carers cafe and a planned activity session.

Osbaldwick Sports Club

Description:

Osbaldwick Sports Club is a friendly volunteer run local sports and social club. We are CASC recognized and have both Clubmark and Charter Standard status. Sport has been played in the Village of Osbaldwick since the 1880s and on our current site in The Leyes since the 1970s. Our Social Club is open Wednesday to Sunday Evenings from 8 till 11. In addition the club is open on match days in both the football and cricket seasons. The Club is available for non members to hire on Monday nights except the second Monday of each month and also on Tuesday evenings. Members can hire the club on Fridays and subject to availability and committee agreement on certain Saturdays. Non members are always welcome and membership subscriptions are only £6 per annum with concessions to youngsters and seniors

Qwell Counselling

Description:

Providing online counselling services for free for the residents of York. The site is completely anonymous and safe to use, and there are qualified counsellors online from 12pm-10pm during the weekdays and 6pm-10pm on weekends. The site also has resources which people can access any time.

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Description:

SNAPPY provides play and recreational activities for children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities in York. They run several activity schemes and projects throughout the year aimed at children and young people varying in age and ability. Chidren can take part in organised and safe play activities, as well as going out on trips.

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Description:

Senior SNAPPY is a club for young people between the ages of 15 and 25 who take part in social activities, nights out and workshops in life skills.

Special Olympics City of York

Description:

Special Olympics Great Britain is part of the world's largest programme of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with learning disabilities. It currently serves over 8,000 athletes who participate in local sports programmes, then regional, national and international competitions. The National Games are held every 2 years alternating between summer and winter games and then World Games every 4 years.

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Equality matters to everyone. Do you have an idea, issue or concern relating to a matter of equality that you'd like to share?

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Description:

The Hut (Clarence Gardens Association) was established to provide a space for people with enduring mental health issues and learning disabilities to come along and take part in informal learning sessions, socialise and develop new skills.

The Island

Description:

The Island is a registered charity that has been operating since August 2007. It offers support to vulnerable 8 – 13 year-olds in York who are struggling to cope at home, at school, or in the wider community, or who are experiencing difficult transitions in their lives.

York Advocacy

Description:

York and District Mind and subsequently York Mind have delivered a successful advocacy service to the residents of York since 1997. We have in the past provided Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA), Informal Advocacy for patients in in-patient settings, Community Advocacy and facilitated the Self-advocates and family carers forums.

Whilst we have previously worked within the mental health sector we have as part of our work supported a range of vulnerable people including those with learning disabilities, older people and people with physical and sensory impairments, autism and Asperger’s and young people.

We have developed a service which delivers high quality advocacy support on a range of issues from housing, complaints, access to services and benefits.

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York CVS

Description:

The Forum for Learning Difficulties brings together voluntary and community sector organisations who are working to improve the quality of life for people with learning difficulties.

The Forum recognises that organisations and individuals face barriers to work effectively: isolation, blocks to communication, access to key information, complexities in representing this diverse sector effectively. The Forum aims to offer a way of addressing these difficulties.

In order to promote its aim, all members joining the Forum are expected to listen to each other, speak up, share their opinions and experiences and to recognise when there are opportunities to work more closely together.

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Background: Our group started to get going formally following meetings of our 3-21 Saturday Club which we started as a trial in April 2012. Now firmly established, this club is a Saturday morning gathering for all members of the family what ever their age. So far most of the families attending the group have younger children, but everyone is very welcome. It's a very informal gathering with at bit of singing and signing, refreshments, kids play things and other families to chat to. Please get in touch if you would like to know more.

Like to join? We have an email contacts list through which we send out information about "What's on" and our monthly newsletters. Please get in touch if you want to be added.

York Independent Living Network

Description:

York Independent Living (YILN) is a disabled people-led organisation, enabling and empowering disabled people to have our voices heard, we influence the services we receive and we get the most out of life.

About 40,000 people with a disability or long-term health condition live or work in York.

Through YILN, disabled people will:

Have an authentic voice with greater representation of our views through influencing and campaigning

Achieve greater inclusion in education, work, health, social activities and economic independence

Be able to access information, advice and guidance

Live in an accessible and culturally understanding city

Have choices about how we life our life.

York Independent Living Scheme

Description:

Our aims at the Independent Living Scheme are to promote and encourage Independence Choice Control over your lifestyle Independent living means all disabled people having the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens at home, at work and in the community.

It does not necessarily mean living by yourself or fending for yourself. It means rights to practical assistance and support to participate in society and live an ordinary life. Definition of independent living developed by disabled people.

If you would like to arrange and control your own support package, ILS can support you with this.

York Mind

Description:

 Supporting children with a disability/additional need and thier families in the York area

 

York Ausome Kids:

For parents/carers of children on the autistic spectrum.

 

York Hemi Kids:

For parents/carers of children with hemiplegia

 

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York Racial Equality Network

Description:

York Libraries offer the following services (although these may vary by location):

• Free broadband internet access and wi-fi • A childrens area & young peoples area • Fiction and non-fiction for children, young people and adults • Large print books and audiobooks • Reference books • Books to support your learning •Information about local services • Adult Education course information • A reading group • Weekly storytimes for under 5s • Family and local history • Newspapers and magazines

Please note that all York libraries are closed on Bank Holidays, and additional closed days are advertised on our closures page.

York Mind

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Providing various support options for Young People with mental health issues in York.

People First members.

Description:

People First is York's first advocacy organisation run by people with learning difficulties for people with learning difficulties. One of the most important thing the group does is raising awareness within York and North Yorkshire (and increasingly nationally) training the police, staff working in community education, social care managers, student nurses and student occupational therapists.

York Racial Equality Network

Description:

York Racial Equality Network (YREN) is a voluntary organisation and registered charity and has been in existence since 1992. We aim to promote awareness of the needs of black and minority ethnic people in the York area by developing links with appropriate voluntary and statutory agencies and by encouraging a multi-agency approach to race justice issues.

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Yorvik Gateway Club is a social club for adults with Learning Disabilities. We provide a weekly club on a Monday Evening from 7pm to 9pm, where we enjoy working together in a group activity, whilst getting to know each other. We meet at Oaken Grove Community Centre Reid Park Oaken Grove Haxby.
Membership is available to anybody with a Learning Disability, enablers are also welcome to join in and get involved with the fun

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Description

York has a wide variety of sport and physical activity opportunities for anyone with a disabilities or additional needs regardless of the impairment. From Goalball to Boccia, from Wheelchair Basketball to Cycling on our fleet of adapted bikes. York can offer something to suit everyone's interests and help you achieve your 30 minute of physical activity to boost your health and happiness.