Things to do for Teenagers York

Additional Needs

Updated 16/09/2020 – Sessions restarting soon.

For children aged 3-16 with special needs/disabilities.

Free Sunday sports and games sessions during term time with DBS checked volunteers.

1-2pm, University of York, Heslington West.


Updated 22/09/2020

Does your child have any degree of deafness? Or are you a deaf parent of a hearing child? Lollipop offer free social activities for children and young people aged 0 – 25 in York and North Yorkshire who have any degree of deafness from mild to profound, or who have parent/s who are deaf.

Lollipop exists to give members access to a deaf peer group to help build confidence, self esteem and promote a sense of belonging. Activities can involve the whole family or different age groups and provide opportunities for members to socialise and meet and professionals working with children and young people with deafness.

Become a member of Lollipop and join us online for activity sessions. Meet new people with the support of our Activity Leaders, catch up with your Lollipop friends and join in with fun and varied activities. There are sessions for various age groups and communication support is always available (BSL and/or live captions).

When Covid-19 restrictions allow we will be resuming our in-person group activities including specialist creative workshops, art and craft, music, dance, wall climbing and swimming.

Contact us for more information and to join our friendly and welcoming community.

Lollipop Minster Building, Door 84 Lowther Street, YO31 7XL

01904 624770


Every Saturday 9am-10am we are making all stores a calmer and quieter environment designed help customers who currently struggle with music and the other noise associated with supermarket shopping.

01904 633365


Updated 22/09/2020

Senior IMPs is for young people aged 11+ who love making music. IMPs members include young people with a range of disabilities, siblings and friends of disabled members and young people who simply love making music with friends.

You don’t need any previous musical experience and we support everyone to get involved and express themselves in the way that works best for them.

Music-making is a fun way to build confidence and develop skills. The IMPs Trainee Programme gives young people the chance to train to become workshop leaders. And we make sure that everyone has a say in how the project runs.
Some young people come to IMPs independently and others come with a carer or support worker. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your individual support needs.

At Senior IMPs you can:
•Learn to sing and sign
•Learn to play instruments and use music technology
•Write your own songs and music
•Take part in public performances
•Train to be a workshop leader as one of our IMPs Apprentices
•Work towards your Duke of Edinburgh Award or Arts Award

Due to Covid-19 we’re not currently running our face-to-face sessions, but we are running activities online. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more about joining our sessions.

01904 626965



Choose 2 Youth

Updated 16/09/2020

Choose2Youth is a not for profit social enterprise supporting children, young peoples & adults with disabilities and additional needs.

We provide educational and social care personalised learning packages:
Monday to Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm.
Holiday provision in most school holidays 9.30am – 3.30pm.
Youth clubs on a Wednesday and Thursday evening 7pm – 9pm
Youth club specifically for young people with Autism & Asperger 1st and 3rd Friday of the month 6pm – 8pm.
Inclusive Duke of Edinburgh

We run our provision from Moorlane Youth Centre

Helen Jefferies Dyslexia Services

Fully qualified specialist dyslexia teacher (PGCE, MDG, APC)
Full diagnostic Dyslexia Assessments with recommendations.

Find me on Facebook.

T: 07928402691

Jorvik Boccia Club

Updated 22/09/2020 – In line with Boccia England all activities including SuperLeague are cancelled for this season.

Do you have a physical disability and would like to play in the Boccia England’s regional / national competitions? (Ages 8-99)
For further information please contact:
T: 07742 886883  (Liz Moulam)

Riding Lights Youth Theatre

Updated 16/09/2020

Based at Friargate Theatre, in central York, we run courses for young actors aged 11-18. We run three courses taking place throughout school term times: juniors, seniors and additional needs sessions.

We offer a free trial session for anyone interested in joining us, simply give our Youth Theatre Director, Abi Oscroft a call.

T: 01904 655317

Snappy Regular and Holiday Schemes

Last updated 07/09/2020

Snappy offer play and recreation opportunities to Children and Young people (aged 5-19) with disability, learning and other additional needs. We operate in all school holidays and Thursday evenings & Saturdays.

We also run in half term but this would be specialist arts or drama groups  (and depends on funding)

York Boys Club, 84 Lowther Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO31 7LX
T: 01904 640562

Special Olympics City of York

Our mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual (learning disabilities), giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of skills, gifts and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Find us on FB:special Olympics city of York

We Are Theatre

Updated 21/09/2020 – Only running online but new members still welcome.

A Yorkshire-based theatre company creating theatre with people of all abilities and ages. They also specialise in working with people with learning difficulties and disabilities. Check out their website for weekly groups and upcoming productions.

T: 07521 364107

York Inspirational Kids Saturday Club

We provide a group of activities designed for disabled young people, their siblings and families

Saturday Club is a fortnightly club that meets term time from 10.30-12 noon and features activities such as arts, theatre, puppets, film, craft etc. The cost is £2 per child and siblings are welcome. These sessions are aimed at 0-12 years and parents/carers are asked to stay. These sessions are held at the Wiltshire Suite at Joseph Rowntree School.

T: 01904 780880

York Sharks Wheelchair Basketball

Updated 16/09/2020 – Group not currently meeting.

Tuesday 6-8 (Serious Session)
Thursday 6-7 (Fun Session)

All ages and abilities are welcome. Our  youngest player is 6 years old and we have some mature players, we also have a lot of able-bodied players so as long as you can push a chair, everyone is welcome.

Fulford School, YO10 4FY

T: 07521827365 (Sarah)