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21st October 2021
SEND Community Offer
Wythenshawe Sensory Room

For the first time, SEND families living in the city of Manchester can have free use of the Sensory Room at Benchill Community Centre in
Wythenshawe. It has various sensory stimulation, including a waterbed, interactive sound wall, infinity tunnel, bubble tubes and animated
projections. Each slot is for 45 minutes and on the hour, Monday 25th to Friday 29th October 10am–7pm. Up to five family/group members
per session. Call 0161 946 9520 to book, using the code ‘SEND Community Offer’. There’s free parking at the venue and the 103 bus stops just
outside. The Sensory Room is upstairs but there’s a lift. 

 Redbank House Sensory Rooms

The popular Sensory Rooms at Redbank House in Cheetham Hill are back for the October half term! Free slots are available at various times during the week from Monday 25th to Friday 29th October. Manchester
families only and booking essential – call 0161 214 5959 or email 
info@redbankhouse.com.  

Autumn Forest School

Many families enjoyed their time at the Manchester Bees Forest School in the summer. There’ll be Forest School drops in at Platt Fields Market Garden on Monday 25th, Thursday 28th and Sunday 31st October 10am-3.30pm, including a free lunch between 12 noon-1pm. 
These Stay & Play sessions are a special place where Manchester SEND
children and their families can be themselves and use the space however they like. Enter the park at Mabfield Road and come through the main
Platt Field Market Garden gate by the car park. See the website for more
information. 

Inclusive Sports Taster Day

There’s a free Inclusive Sports Taster Day for SEND families at
Denmark Road Sports Centre on Thursday 28th October 10am-1pm.
There are lots of sports on offer, including netball, boccia and rugby – just drop in. Tea, coffee, juice and refreshments provided and Manchester
Parent Champions will be around to chat to parents. More information
about the venue here, including parking and buses.   

Autumn Bike Programme

Manccyles and Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) are offering
young people aged 12-16 with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) the chance to take part in a weekly cycling project until the end of the year. There’ll be a weekly bike ride on Saturdays 11am-3pm,
including equipment, road safety and bike maintenance. 
Meet at Procter’s Young People’s Centre, Hulme Street, M15 5EF. Contact Euan Davies – 07534 466607, euan.davies@gmyn.co.uk 
SEND-friendly Halloween Party
Join Manchester Parent Carer Forum (MPCF) for a free SEND-friendly Halloween celebration!

It’s on Friday 29th October, 12.15-1.45pm at Longford Park Athletics Stadium in the Chorlton area. It’s an outdoor event with lots of unique,
quirky, all-ability bicycles and tricycles available at the track with
 Simply Cycling, plus cupcake and cookie decorating, drawing and
colouring activities, and a table with nibbles and light snacks.
All the children will have treat bags to take home. Halloween fancy dress optional but encouraged! This event is for Manchester families with
children with special educational needs and disabilities but you need to be a MPCF member to take part – join for free, then book on the event
 here.   
Other Stuff To Do
Wheelchair Basketball

There are now free Junior Sessions 5 years upwards, Sundays 1-2pm
at the National Basketball Centre. Basketball wheelchairs supplied for
the session and siblings welcome to join in. For more information,
contact Dean Cavanagh at dean.cavanagh@ntlworld.com,
07739 831835.  

Aleiah’s Adventure

Booking Information Aleiah’s Adventure is a children’s play about
the journey of a young black girl with a hearing impairment who is
introduced to the stories of inspirational black historic
Mancunians. 
Suitable for families with children ages 7-11+ years but BOOKING
ESSENTIAL as places are free but limited:Monday 25 October 2pm Forum Library call 0161 227 3770 to bookTuesday 26 October 2pm 
Central Library call 0161 234 1983 to bookSaturday 30 October 2pm
 Longsight Library call 0161 227 3706 to book
Part of Manchester Libraries Black History Month programme. Find out what else is going on in libraries in the Children & Families newsletter

 Loads To Do

Find out about free events across Manchester in Loads To Do, including
lots of free Halloween activities in the city’s parks. 
Free Travel Training For 14-25s 
In response to the voice of young people, Manchester City Council has commissioned free travel training for young disabled people aged 14-25 living in Manchester. It develops confidence and skills in being able to
travel independently on public transport or by walking and is being run
through Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN). Contact psamphire@icloud.cominfo@gmyn.co.uk or 07429 351627. See the flyer here.