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We recognise that children with disabilities often miss out on those valuable experiences that should be abundantly available to all children. Consequently, we have set up Accessible for All which provides regular events such as soft play, drama and dance, music workshops, exclusive use of skate parks, swimming and watersports, and our own award-winning FA-registered football group. The list is forever growing as we respond actively to the needs of the children we represent, so welcome to our world of possibilities.
We are all experiencing tough times at the moment and we wouldn’t want any of our families to opt out of any of our activities and events due to finance. If you do experience any difficulties, please email Patsy in the strictest confidence and we would be more than happy to help.

We have a very relaxed approach to all the sessions we run. Children can join in with the semi-structured formats or observe, play separately or stand on the side lines until they feel comfortable enough to join in, with no pressure.
We have a buddy system and are happy to arrange to meet families outside any of the venues, as we all know how daunting it can be entering a room full of unfamiliar faces.

Please note that booking onto activities and events is essential and parents/carers must accompany their children at all times. To find out about our activities parents/carers will need to register their children by completing this short form. You will then be given access to our private Facebook pages and our regular emails which details our events diary and how to book.

Little Stars

This is a stay and play group for preschool children. These sessions will help your little ones explore, socialise and communicate, create and enjoy a lot of messy play. This group is ideal for those at the beginning of their journey and will really support parents whose children have just recently been diagnosed. Siblings are very welcome too. The group takes place on Wednesday mornings and is run by Nicola, who has 10 years’ experience teaching in specialist schools.

Email: nicola@thedcf.org

Football

We welcome all children up to the age of 16 who have SEN/disabilities and their siblings. We have a 2 hour slot on a caged outdoor artificial pitch and sessions are split into two smaller groups. As with all our activities, children can participate, observe, or stand on the sidelines until they feel comfortable enough to join in. We are set up to cater for wheelchair users with our large wheelchair footballs and will always do our very best to accommodate each child’s individual and behavioural needs.

We are a growing group of friendly families who will welcome you with open arms – an interest or ability in football is not a prerequisite as DCF FC is all about having fun.

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Saturday Club

Saturday club for PMLD wheelchair users. A fun club with a variety of activities from games to wheelchair dancing at Montacute School.
All the fun activities are designed for our PMLD wheelchair users, children will need a parent or carer with them all the time. Apologies, no siblings.

For more details, dates and booking please contact Paula: paulachuchill@hotmail.com

Comotion-Extra

Comotion-Extra is a fabulous, fun inclusive event for children of all ages and abilities. Siblings are most welcome too. These sessions combine music and movement in a semi-structured format and incorporates sensory props to give children an uplifting and energetic experience.

LoCoMotion

LoCoMotion is a movement, music and sensory session for all children and young people including those using a wheelchair. These sessions are designed with children in mind who require a more sedentary, calm and sensory experience, whether your child is wheelchair dependent or simply prefers a relaxed and serene atmosphere. This session is designed for you.

The sessions involve group and individual activities that engage the young person’s senses using a range of props and equipment, supported by a structured format of themed musical sections. Your child will be encouraged to develop skills in coordination, relaxation, body awareness, and fine and gross motor skill movement.  The session is very intimate, and numbers will always be kept low.

Along with the physical benefits to your child, this session is an opportunity to create a mindful state, and parent-child bonding.  During LoCoMotion, your child will remain in their wheelchair.

LoCoMotion is delivered by Linda who is a highly experienced dance teacher, who specialises in working with children with a range of disabilities.  Linda is passionate about this branch of her work and has a wonderful range of skills for parents to tap into.

Giggles

These are monthly sessions held in a safe space where children of all abilities can play, explore and develop friendships. There are quiet areas for children who prefer a more sedentary experience. Siblings are welcome too. Parents and carers find comfort in chatting over a cup of coffee, and with the sessions being pre-booking only, we ensure that numbers are kept low to ensure a safe and calm atmosphere.

Absolute Music

We have partnered up with The Absolute Music Trust to provide fun music sessions at a professional recording studio. There is opportunity to use drums, bass and electric guitars, keyboards, mikes, plus the help of Jamie and Mark who are experienced sound engineers.
The sessions last for 2 hours. Depending on the needs of your child, parents/carers have a choice as to which of the two sessions on offer is the best fit. Children of all ages and abilities are welcome, and from our experience children with profound disabilities can particularly benefit from these sessions.

‘We enjoyed the absolute music session so much, great that it was so tailored to our children’s specific needs. It has been the highlight of our half term. Thank you’.

Currently these sessions are being held during school holidays, but we are hoping to expand availability.

Prevail

This is a particularly great opportunity for children who use wheelchairs or specialist trikes to come along and take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Prevail Junior Skatehouse is an amazing indoor 650 foot pump track with a 60 foot tunnel, soft play area, along with quarter-, half- and full-pipes. The flowpark comprises a range of gentle and more challenging ramps, suitable for the most- timid of wheelchair and trike users, through to the adrenalin seekers on scooters and skateboards.

This is a great opportunity for children who use wheelchairs or specialist trikes to come along and experience some safe and exciting fun with the family.

We book the venue for our exclusive use and will be keeping numbers low for safe and controlled enjoyment.

Ramp Rats

Ramp Rats is a new indoor skate, scoot and ride facility for children up to the age of 10. Soft play is also available for younger children. Please bring your own wheelchair, scooter, bike, trike or skateboard. Siblings are very welcome. Please note there is a narrow staircase up to the venue and staff will be on hand to assist with equipment.

‘Thank you so much to the DCF. Emily really enjoyed it. My Harvey was in his element! And my two-year-old enjoyed the soft play area and trying out his new scooter with his big brother’.

Craft Sessions

We run very relaxed craft seasons where children of all abilities and their siblings are encouraged to explore their creativity.

We provide a wide range of materials, and have done activities such as Easter bonnet making, Christmas cards and foot painting. These are quiet and only semi structured sessions and a lovely opportunity for children and parents to form new friendships. Refreshments are provided.

Drama

A DCF group that develops imagination and creativity (formerly ‘Drama by Claire’)
If your child loves to have fun, enjoys music, enjoys using their imagination and is of primary age developmentally, then ‘Let’s Imagine’ will be perfect for them.

An informal session with seasonal and festive themes, that allows children to interact with others, to explore their senses and to conjure up fun along to music without any pressure to join in. We welcome both new and familiar faces. There is a café and a small sensory room.

Wetwheels

Wetwheels provides the opportunity for all disabled people, including those with profound and complex disabilities, to access the sea in a safe, stimulating and rewarding way on board a specially-built, fully-accessible powerboat.

The Wetwheels concept was developed and pioneered by disabled adventurer, Geoff Holt MBE DL, and is proven to be highly successful.
We are delighted that we have commissioned Wetwheels for 4 totally inclusive sessions departing from Poole Quay in August.
By offering the opportunity to experience the sea – not just as passengers, but as active participants – we build confidence and improve physical and mental wellbeing.

“There is something very special about being on the water. For someone with a disability, being at sea offers unparalleled freedoms. Your mind and imagination fill with things that once didn’t seem possible.”

Full details and booking forms will be released nearer the date.

Treehouse Theatre

We are delighted to work as Project partners with the amazing Treehouse Theatre. As partners we benefit not only from exclusive performances but our children can access their inclusive drama workshops. We love working with The Treehouse as they offer fully relaxed performances, with embedded sign language throughout and encourage audience participation within all their shows.

Many of our families recently attended The Elves and the Shoemaker and all were delighted at how their children were included.

Parents/Carers’ Activities

We have a growing list of regular activities for our parents/carers, such as coffee mornings, DCF Paddlers, beginners’ yoga and a sewing group. These activities allow our parents/carers quality time with people who really understand.

DCF Paddlers
We paddle board from Christchurch Quay on a weekly basis, weather permitting. Paddle boards can be hired and training given. Absolute beginners are welcome. Just wear shorts or leggings. Afterwards there is coffee, cake and a chat.

Beginners Hatha Yoga
Hatha classes provide an opportunity to stretch, unwind and release tension, providing a good counterpoint to busy stressful lives. You are welcome to stay for a cuppa and a chat afterwards. Classes run on a weekly basis through term time.

Sew Your Own
This is a DCF parents/carers sewing group. We have plenty of sewing machines available, so you are welcome to come along and sew whatever you need to make or learn how to make bibs and adapted clothing. Complete novices are more than welcome. Coffee/tea and a chat are supplied. Please bring your own lunch.

Coronavirus precautions: All events have been risk assessed and conform with current government guidelines which must be followed. Our Covid policy can be accessed by emailing Emily@thedcf.org.
Safeguarding is of the utmost importance and our policy can be viewed here (add link)

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