Things to do for Teenagers York

Additional Needs

Does your child have any degree of deafness? Lollipop offer free activities for children and young people aged 0 – 25 in York and North Yorkshire who have any degree of deafness from mild to profound.

Lollipop HQ

Become a member of Lollipop for free and come along to Lollipop HQ, our monthly drop in session on the second Saturday of each month. HQ is a great place to meet new people, catch up with your Lollipop friends and join in with fun and varied activities. There are sessions for various age groups throughout the day with space for parents to stay and chat over a tea or coffee.

Lollipop Activities

Activities include specialist creative workshops, art and craft, music, dance, wall climbing, swimming and go-karting. We organise monthly trips for each age group to theme parks, bowling, water parks, theatre shows, trampolining, go karting and more!

The activities provide members with a deaf peer group to help build confidence, self esteem and promote a sense of belonging. Many activities involve the whole family and provide opportunities for parents and carers to socialise and meet other families and professionals working with children and young people with deafness.

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

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

01904 652286


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


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 Apprentice Programme gives young people the chance to train to become workshop leaders. And the IMPs Committee makes sure that young people have 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

When: Mondays during term time, 6pm – 7:30pm
Where: York High School, Cornlands Road, York YO24 3WZ
Cost: £5 per session (subsidised places available)

01904 626965


Choose 2 Youth

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 either the 68 Centre or 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

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

Based at Friargate Theatre, in central York, we run courses for young actors aged 11-24. We run three courses taking place throughout school term times:

Juniors: School Years 7 – 9 (Monday)
Seniors: School Years 10 – 13 (Tuesday)
Acting Up! (for those with additional needs or disabilities): Ages 14 – 24 (Wednesday)

Sessions are welcoming, friendly and open to people of all abilities.

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

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.

Saturday scheme 5 to 18 years Runs from 10 to 3.30pm each week for 43 weeks each year
Senior Snappy 17 to 25 years Runs from 7pm to 9.30pm each Thursday
Easter Scheme 5 to 19 years Runs throughout the Easter school holidays 10 am to 3.30pm
Summer Scheme 5 to 19 years Runs for the full school holidays 10am to 3.30pm

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

‘Check out S.N.A.P.P.Y social groups they organise lots of great things for youngsters with additional needs x’

SM, Oct 2018

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

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

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)