Connect and Play: free play sessions for disabled children

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Our free children’s play service, Connect and Play, offers families with complex disabilities, including deafblindness, the chance to come together to develop, communicate, and connect with others.

Play isn’t just fun – it’s important for a child’s development, too. It helps disabled children learn communication skills and form connections with others.  Our expert team of play leaders understand that and run targeted support programmes, drop-in sessions and holiday programmes, that are designed to develop children’s skills through a range of play-based activities.

Fill in the form below to register your interest and find out more about our upcoming sessions near you, or read on to learn more about our service, locations and how we’ve helped other families.

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What activities do we offer? 

We run a wide variety of sensory sessions which include messy play, crafts, sensory stories, Forest School skills and much more! All our sessions help children find new ways to connect, communicate and play with their parents and carers, and with other children. 

We provide support during term time through targeted support programmes and standalone weekly play sessions so families can choose what support works best for them. We also run Family days throughout school holidays to enable families to have fun together and experience new opportunities.  

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Who’s Connect and Play for?

It’s open to children with complex disabilities between the ages of 0-8 and their parents and carers.

Is your child older than 8? Don’t worry, we also have lots of other services for children and young people – get in touch if you have questions.

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Where are we based?

We’re based in Birmingham, Loughborough, Bristol and North Wales. Our facilities and equipment are designed to provide a supportive environment for children with complex disabilities.

Don’t see your town there? We also offer a virtual service and we’re expanding into new locations. Tell us where you live to learn more and receive updates.

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Meet the team

Our expert team has years of experience in helping children with complex disabilities, including deafblindness, to learn, develop and communicate.

What people say about Connect and Play

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 “We love the fact every activity that is set out is accessible to my child. We also love how friendly, welcoming and engaging the staff are. The sessions are also very fun, stimulating and educational at the same time.” 

Sonia, Siyana’s mother

Learn why play is important and discover ways to play with your child at home

At Sense, we have 65 years of experience in helping children with complex disabilities, including deafblindness, to live their lives to the full. We know how crucial play is in helping children engage with their surroundings, develop self-awareness and connect with others. 

On top of our play service, we provide information and resources for parents and carers to play with their children. Read our guide on how to play with your child.