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Useful organisations for fun & support

Looking for something fun to do? Looking for some support? This is our growing directory of organisations that may be useful to you.  

Use the tick boxes and filter button to narrow down what you're looking for, then click an organisation to find out more about them and also see a list of any upcoming events that we know about.

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  • Bikeworks all ability cycling

    Bikeworks believes that cycling should be accessible and possible for everyone, regardless of age, disability or experience and to enable this run All Ability Cycling Clubs.

    The clubs are open to all and have a range of adapted cycles including tandem tricycles, side-by-side and platform tricycles.

    The charity runs clubs in three different locations, so there is provision across London at a time which will hopefully work for you.

    They also run improver sessions for people who want to take their cycling a bit more seriously. 

    The clubs are completely free and open to anyone. 

  • Dimensions

    Dimensions provides services for people with learning disabilities and autism. Alongside supported living and residential care, we also offer vital specialist services including sector leading Positive Behaviour Support.

    The organisation also works wth Odeon, Cineworld, Vue and Showcase cinemas to put on monthly autism friendly film screenings - you can find the details here

  • The Engine Shed

    A monthly ‘train club’ for children on the autistic spectrum and their families in the North East London area.  The club has  Model Hornby railways & train sets for all abilities will be set up and a range of train-related resources for children to play with.

    Train-loving children who are not on the spectrum also welcome. and there is no charge. 
    If you would like to come or want more information contact Gill:

    The organisation aims to:

    • Provide a unique special interest facility for children on the autistic spectrum and their families.

    • Provide an opportunity for families to share and learn new strategies for promoting the learning and social skills of our children, using their love of trains as an entry point.

    • Create a friendly and supportive atmosphere in which all children, siblings, parents and other family members can feel comfortable and relaxed.

    Where and when

    Meetings usually  happen second Sunday of each month 11.00-2.00pm  at:

    St Francis Church Hall,

    Hawkswood Crescent,


    E4 7RS 

  • Forest Flyzer

    Waltham Forest Hockey Club has been running sessions for disabled people, of any level or experience since 2011. There’s lots happening throughout the year at Forest Flyerz. As well as our award-winning coaching sessions, there are lots of club events to join in with (e.g. Open Days, Xmas and Summer parties etc), and Flyerz members also have the opportunity to play competitively if they want to (sometimes against international teams, and often with the support of England hockey stars!).

    We’re always keen to welcome new members into our Flyerz family; contact Hannah at

    If you’d like to attend, or simply turn up to any session.


    IPSEA is a registered charity that offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.

    IPSEA has a suite of free downloadable legal guides and resources available,  a free Advice Line which provides legally based information and next step advice on any educational issue that is a result of a child's SEND. IPSEA’s Tribunal Helpline gives next step advice on appeals and disability discrimination claims to the SEND Tribunal and is also the gateway to their Tribunal Support Service where a referral can be made for more extensive casework support from a volunteer, including representation at the hearing. Their advice services are delivered by a national network of around 200 highly-trained volunteers, supervised and supported by IPSEA’s Legal Team members.



  • Metro Blind Sport

    Metro Blind Sport is a London based Charity, which opens its doors to sport for all vision impaired people, regardless of age or sporting ability. Their aim is to encourage participation and to create opportunities to take part in a wide range of activities.

    Below are some of Metro Blind Sport’s members most popular Sports.

    • Archery
    • Athletics
    • Bowls
    • Cricket
    • Football
    • Tennis
    • Swimming

    They also work with other organisations to promote many other sports, Including Tandem Cycling, Goalball – links to clubs, Sailing and Skiing.


    Metro Blind Sport was founded in 1973 by an inspirational group of young blind and partially sighted people who were not prepared to accept the expectations and restrictions of the day – chess and country walks were not enough for them! Metro is determined to keep alive this spirit of adventure, challenging barriers and opening doors to all sports for its members.


  • Picturehouse Cinemas

    Picturehouse Cinemas run autism-friendly film screenings on a monthly basis. 

  • Redbridge Information Advice Support Service

     The Redbridge Information, Advice and Support Service (RIASS) offer free and impartial support to children and young people (aged 0-25) parents and carers, in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
    The Service provides legally based, impartial, confidential and accessible information, advice and support.

    They provide:

    • telephone and email information, advice and support
    • face-to face meetings
    • information about all aspects of SEND, including health, social care and education
    • support to enable you to prepare for meetings
    • information and support to parents in regards to Education, Health and Care Plans including Annual Reviews
    • help to prevent disagreements from developing into major disputes by encouraging and facilitating early discussions between those involved
    • support to prepare for tribunal
    • information and support for parents/carers of children who have been excluded or are at risk of exclusion from school
    • information about the parent forum - helping to influence and shape services for disabled children
  • RNIB

    The  RNIB offers support for everyone affected by sight loss. 

    Support and advice is available for both people with sight-loss and friends and family. One Helpline is all you need to reach all the RNIB services

    You can also check out the RNIB's online shop to find products to maintain your independence and keep doing the things you love.

  • RSBC (Royal Society for Blind Children)

    The RSBC provides a range of services in London and across England and Wales for blind and partially sighted children and young people, their families, and the professionals who work alongside them.

  • Scope Face 2 Face

    Would you like to talk to another parent who understands what you are going through and can offer emotional and practical support?

    Face 2 Face schemes operate across the UK. Any parent of a disabled child may use their local scheme, even if their child hasn't been diagnosed.


  • Talking Therapies

    Everyday life can be tough for anyone. Waltham Forest Talking Therapies IAPT is a free NHS service that can help with a range of problems such as depression, anxiety, stress and bereavement.

    • Panic Attacks
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Excessive Worry
    • Social anxiety/shyness
    • Phobias
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Agoraphobia
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • Health Anxiety
    • Stress

    Operating hours are:

    Monday through Thursday 8.00 am to 8.00 pm and Friday 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.


    Telephone : 0300 555 1271

    WF IAPT offers the following therapies:

    Low intervention therapy (LI) is CBT based and is guided self-help in the form of therapy, psycho-education groups and workshops and may involve sign posting to other services. LI therapy is up to a maximum of 8 sessions.

    High intervention therapy (HI) is provided in the following modalities ranging from 8-16 sessions:

    •    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    •    Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
    •    Behavioural Couples Therapy (BCT)
    •    Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)

    You can refer yourself by calling the above telephone number where a member of our admin team will take your details and give you the information on the next steps. Alternatively, you can self-refer via the website or via your GP.

    We will offer you a telephone assessment appointment  usually within 2-5 working days. Following the assessment you will be offered LI and HI intensity interventions depending on your identified needs at the time of assessment. There is no waiting list for LI and a short waiting list for HI. The majority of patients usually have LI before having HI therapy.

    Please contact us it is good to talk.

  • The Limes

    The Limes is a small community and children's centre in Walthamstow. It  provides opportunities to play and participate for disabled children and young people. Its  team of Trustees, Volunteers and Staff work together to support disabled children and young people, along with their able-bodied peers. Through a range of services and activities, as well as special projects they enable children and young people to reach their full potential socially, emotionally and educationally.


  • Waltham Forest Local Offer

    The local offer is a guide to all the services that are available for children and young people in Waltham Forest with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged from birth to 25.

  • Waltham Forest Parent Forum

    Waltham Forest Parent Forum is a friendly, formal voluntary group of parents and carers of disabled children and young people aged from 0 to 25 in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. 

    It aims to provide feedback on the development and direction of services for disabled children and young people in the borough to key policy makers in the borough and to support families through sharing experiences and building networks.

  • Waltham Forest SENDIASS

    The Special Educational Needs Disability Information Advice and Support Service provided by Citizens Advice Bureau in Waltham Forest is a confidential service and that can:

    • Listen to parents concerns and queries
    • Can offer contact with an independent supporter
    • Signpost to other sources of help and information
    • Help you to get your views, the views of your child or young person known, understood and valued
    • Help you prepare and go with you to meetings
    • Help with paperwork and writing reports and letters
    • Help you to look at all of the options
    • Look at ways of overcoming differences

    CAB is available to all parents resident in Waltham Forest whose children have special educational needs. We aim to promote partnership between parents, the Local Authority (LA), schools, early years settings, health, social services and specialist children's services. Parents know their child better than anyone and have a key role to play in their child's education.

  • WFPF Dad's Group

    The Dads' support group is provided the Waltham Forest Parent Forum and run by Danny Herbert.  The group is for dads, grandads, extended family and friends who support families who have a child with a disability or special need. The aim of the group is to help dads to meet and share experiences with each other.

    Dads group meetings are held in cafes or community rooms around the borough once every half term and speakers often attend sessions to  share their experiences of working within the field of special needs. The speakers can be anything from social service workers, teachers, SENCOs, local politicians or parents.