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Sport and leisure

For more information on individual sports bodies please see HemiHelp’s Getting Active (children) and Staying Active (adults) leaflets

Amateur Swimming Association - Tel: 01509 618 700 Website: Website with a section on disability swimming

British Association of Drama Therapists Tel: 01242 235 515 Email: Website: Find out about drama therapy and find a practitioner.

Chickenshed - Tel: 020 8292 9222 Website: An inclusive theatre company for children and young people of all abilities and disabilities. It is based in North London and regularly tours to theatres around the UK. It also runs workshops, courses and outreach projects.

CP Sport England and Wales - Tel: 0115 925 7027 Email: Website: Promotes and seeks to increase sport and physical recreation opportunities for people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

Disability Martial Arts Association – Tel: 0208 245 2383 Website: Has contacts with clubs throughout the UK.

Disability Sport Wales - Tel: 0845 846 0021 Email: Website: Government organisation for the development of sport and physical activities for disabled people

Disability Sports NI - Tel: 02890 387 062 Email: Website:

Disabled Photographers’ Society - Email: Website: Encourages disabled people to take an active interest in photography as a therapeutic and creative pursuit. Has a quarterly competition for photography.

English Federation of Disability Sport - Tel: 01509 227750 Website: Advice, guidance and information on how to participate in all manner of disability sport.

Film: Most national cinema chains are members of a scheme where if a disabled person buys a ticket a carer goes free. Forms can be downloaded from to apply for a plastic card. This is not free but will pay for itself after one visit. Conditions apply.

Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy - Website: A method of swimming instruction that focuses on people with a physical/learning disability.

NASCH - Tel: 01329 833689 Email: Website: Produces a directory with all the swimming clubs for people with disabilities within the UK.

Playmatters - Tel: 020 7843 6000 Email: Website: In Scotland: Part of the National Children’s Bureau, this is a national network of Toy Libraries which provides information, support and advice about choice of toys which are sometimes specially adapted to your child’s needs.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) - Tel: 0845 658 1082 Email: Website: Locally run riding groups all over the UK.

RYA Sailability - Tel: 023 8060 4100 Website: Bringing boating to people with disabilities.

Zinc Arts - Tel 01277 365 626 Email Website: An educational arts charity that works with disabled people 

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