Things to do and places to go.

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Having a child with Autism can be very isolating but there are places you can try.
Not all places will suit everybody, but here are a few tried and tested activities.
Sometimes it may be appropriate to explain your child's special needs to give people a chance to understand your child.

Fun For Kids. Parkside Road, Kendal. This is a large soft play area where parents can have a coffee and watch their children. Tel: (01539)735556.

The Agility Club. This is an all inclusive youth club for children with or without disabilities, aged between 4-16 held at Unit 9, Dockray Hall Ind Est, in Kendal.
You are able to leave your children for the appropriate length of time.
For further information contact Tel: 01539 721793.

Young Riversiders for 5 - 11 years, Steps for 11 - 18 years, Riversiders for Adults.
 These groups are run weekly by The Oaklea Trust in partnership with Westmorland Mencap. They offer a variety of activities including, planned trips, organised holidays, meals out and many other choices. These groups also give people the opportunity to meet up with friends. For more information contact The leisure manager at The Oakley Trust on (01539) 735025.

The Station Inn, Oxenholme. There is a large enclosed outside play area attached to this pub where you may have a drink or a  meal whilst watching your children.

Rocky Rambler. If your child is active and can walk safely with guidance this is a child's walking guide book which lets the children take you on an exciting walk. This book is available at most book shops.

Brockhole. This is located between Windermere and Ambleside and offers a variety of things to do including a large park, gardens to walk in and an exhibition about Beatrix Potters’ life.
Entry is free but there is a charge for parking, however, people with blue parking badges are able to park free of charge.

Fellfoot Park. This country park is located on the Windermere Road at Newby Bridge.
This Park backs onto Lake Windermere and offers a large play ground, boating on the lake, large gardens and a tea room.
Entry is free but there is a charge for parking, members of the National Trust are able to park free of charge. Carers of disabled people are eligible to free entry to all NT properties. (Proof must be shown)

British Conservation Trust. This may interest older
people who have an interest in nature and enjoy working outside within the community. For more information
contact (01539) 742612.

The National Trust are always in need of volunteers (gardeners, room stewards etc) Contact the regional volunteer co-ordinator. The Hollins Grassmere (01539) 35590 or your nearest property.

Horse Riding /Carriage DrivingThe Westmoreland Riding for the Disabled Group welcome children and adults with many disabilities. For more information call Sheila Larking (01539) 821636

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