Things to do and places to go
We all want to have fun, enjoy our hobbies and follow our interests. We want to relax with friends or go out for a day trip with our family.
These pages include useful information about:
- safe travelling
- disability related discounts
- local and national things to do
There are a range of activities and events already listed on our database. Let us know if there is something else you would like to see on here.
SCIP (Special needs Community Information Point)
SCIP (Special needs Community Information Point) is an information and advice service for families with children/young people from birth to 25-year-olds with a disability or additional needs. By joining SCIP you get:
- SCIP Card
- Activities Passport
- Email updates on local events and activities
- Request information specific to your child
Find more information on the SCIP page.
Activities and support for disabled children (short breaks)
In Cambridgeshire there are a range of opportunities for disabled children and their families and carers to support with getting out and about, doing things and having fun. Some are activities that disabled children can attend (with proof of diagnosis) without the need for a social care assessment and others will be following a social care assessment of need.
Find out more about the SEND Information Hub (Local Offer) | Short Breaks offer page.
Cambridgeshire Libraries is committed to providing a service to children with special needs and their families, so that they can enjoy the pleasure of stories.
Our service includes:
- Access2books Braille books: these are combined giant print and braille picture books. Our main collections are at Central Library Cambridge, Huntingdon, Ely, St Neots and Arbury, but they can be requested from any library.
- Bag Book packs (multi-sensory storytelling kits): available for loan to parents of children and young people with profound/multiple disabilities, as well as to Special Schools. Collections are held at Central Library Cambridge, Ely, Arbury Court and Huntingdon, but may be requested at any library.
- Barrington Stoke: fiction for dyslexic children, as well as reluctant readers. The publisher's website lists titles of books for different ages and reading abilities, which may be requested from your local library.
- Bookshine: free pack of books for deaf and hard of hearing children
- Booktouch: free pack of books for blind and partially sighted young children
- Bookstart Star: free pack of books for children who have a disability which impacts on fine motor skills.
- ClearVision braille books: a collection on loan to Central Library Cambridge, which can be borrowed in the usual way.
- e-books and e-audio books: available to download for free.
- Giant print (24 pt type): picture books and fiction. The main collections are held at Central Library Cambridge, Ely and Huntingdon, but titles may be requested from any library.
- Large print: fiction collections at several libraries, including Central Library Cambridge, Huntingdon, Ely, St Ives, Rock Road and Milton Road.
- New Experience: our New Experience collections include books aimed at explaining special needs to young children.
- Stories on CD: available in all Cambridgeshire Libraries, often with an accompanying large print book Any book not available at a particular library may be requested free of charge by children
Guide to inclusive cycling
The Guide sets out the basic principles of inclusive cycling and features real-life case studies, technical recommendations and policy suggestions. As well as providing a comprehensive definition of inclusive cycling, the Guide has four main themes, looking at how cycle infrastructure, cycling facilities and cycle networks can be made fully accessible, and how recognition and awareness of cycling by Disabled people can be improved.
The Guide is a ‘live’ online working document which is intended to be continually updated. The latest edition replaces our original Guide, which was published in November 2017 as part of Wheels for Wellbeing’s 10th birthday celebrations.
Adapted cycles make cycling accessible to all, whatever your personal challenges. There are a wide range of special cycles that suit people with a variety of learning and physical disabilities, as well as health issues. Here is a brief overview of what bikes are available.
This information is available on the Cycling UK website on the adapted cycling webpage
Safe places schemes run in part of the county and help vulnerable people if they feel scared or at risk while out and about. Safe places display stickers in their windows to tell people they are taking part in the scheme.