Within West Lothian, there are several organisations and groups specifically for young people with additional needs. Some of these can be found in our leaflet (contact us for a copy) or see details below.
Any club or group should be able to welcome a young person with additional needs, so it is always worth approaching your local clubs to discuss whether your child would enjoy being a member. Do not limit your search for clubs to ones which are specifically for additional needs. For example, many Boys’ Brigade or similar groups are happy to welcome children with additional needs.
Signpost holds details of many more clubs and activities than we can show here. Contact us to discuss your specific requirements.
No Limits Sports Club
No Limits is a West Lothian based sports club for all children and young people from 5 years upwards. Siblings are welcome. Parents/carers should accompany the participant. Members can try football, hockey, table tennis, polybat, badminton, short tennis, curing, boccia, carpet bowls, relay races, assault courses and basketball.
For more information email email@example.com
Swimming – No Limits Squad/Livingston & District Dolphins
This swimming club is run as part of the No Limits Sports Club for young people with disabilities. The Club coaches children at all levels from complete beginners, and swimmers can progress to galas and competitive swimming (the club has Special Olympians and potential Paralympians within its membership).
Boccia (pronounced Bot-cha) is similar to bowls where the aim of the game is to score as many points as possible by one competitor/pair or team getting their balls closer to the jack ball than their opponents. Boccia can be played at every level, from school or club to Paralympic competition.
Boccia is played from a seated position and non-disabled as well as disabled participants can play it.
The club is open to people of all ages and disability. The Boccia Club meets at Bathgate Academy Sports Centre every Friday, 6-8pm and Saturdays 1-2pm in Linlithgow Leisure Centre.
The Boccia Club is run as part of the No Limits Sports Club. It can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
RaceRunning – Recreation & Disability Sport
A running bike is a very effective way of improving overall fitness, strength and well-being. The running bike is a three wheeled bike with no pedals which supports you as you walk or run. They can be used by all ages at a variety of levels. It is predominantly suitable for those with cerebal Palsy, although it is also suitable for those with Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinsons Disease and other disabilities that affect mobility and balance. This sport is available via Forth Valley Disability Sports Club.
Who: Age 3-4 upwards
Where: via Forth Valley Flyers, Grangemouth
Contact: Ann Finlayson by email: email@example.com
FOOTBALL – Autism Specific Football Programme
Football is used as a way to engage young people in social activities and learning beyond the game itself.
Who: age 10-14 yrs
When: Football Thursdays 5pm-6.30pm, social clubs 1st & 2nd Thursdays of each month
Where: Albyn Park, Broxburn
Contact: Aidan Forbes, Sports Development Officer 07792 751 774
If you are aged 16 or over and fancy playing basketball with an option to play in a league, call Andrew Smyth on 01506 774745.
The Basketball Club meets on Thursday nights, 7-8.30pm at Bathgate Academy. A club in Broxburn will be opening soon. Call Andrew Smyth for details.
Riding for the Disabled (RDA)
Riding is a great way to help your child with confidence building. It is often used as a therapy session as well as a fun activity. Places are limited so there maybe a waiting list for this activity. Depending on your child’s ability, ordinary riding stables may also be happy to offer lessons.
The RDA website has a list of local groups – just put in your postcode to find the ones nearest West Lothian.
Edinburgh Acers for children with additional special needs
Edinburgh Acers is an active club for 5-18 years old, for exercise, recreation and sport. Activities include basketball, football, Boccia, dance, and Multi-sport. The Club is held at Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh, Mondays 4-5.30pm. For more details contact Stewart Houston, Club Secretary 0780 250 0150 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Yellow Teapot Club
email – email@example.com
call – 07938 814188 (answering service, please leave voicemail)
FABB provides a safe space where young people both disabled and non-disabled can meet socially. At the club young people are given the opportunity to experience a variety of activities which help build confidence, promote independence and develop an understanding of the needs and feelings of others. Young people are the driving force behind the club, and choose the activities, though they have the help of experienced youth workers.
Who: 2 groups on alternating Thursday evenings, for ages 14-18 and 18-30, to allow age appropriate activities and aid in the transition from youth to adulthood.
When: usually 7-9pm, may vary on trips out.
Where: Club activities are based within Bathgate Partnership Centre, Bathgate, or various“out” activities, using the centre’s minibus.
Contact: For more information, and to add your child’s name to the waiting list, contact Claire Carbray on 01506 283045 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Autism Initiatives – Autism Evening Group
Social Club for teens with Autism. This group will offer the opportunity to meet like-minded people for a wide range of activities decided by the members. They have a number of resources at Almond House including computers, a fully functioning kitchen, art equipment and musical instruments which people can access during the sessions. As the group develops they will produce an on-going calendar of activities. The group will be facilitated by sensitive, enthusiastic and experienced support workers from our Outreach service and volunteers. As such it is our expectation that members will travel to and access the group independently or with their own support arrangements as required.
Who: 16 years and over with Autism
When: Friday evening, 6-8pm
Where: Livingston Resource Base, Almond House, 12 Quarrywood Court, Livingston EH54 6AX
Contact: Joyce Ferguson, Senior Support Worker, Autism Initiatives on 01506 431695
Cozmic Club and Motiv8
Social clubs for teens with Asperger’s Syndrome/High functioning Autism who attend mainstream school, intended to be a ‘stepping stone’ to other social activities. Run by parents and community staff (parents are expected to help with the running of the club). Provides a variety of trips and activities chosen by the young people themselves. There is a waiting list for these clubs.
Who: Children with Asperger’s who attend mainstream school, age 12 upwards
When: Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm – Cozmic Club; Monday evenings, 7-9 pm – Motiv8
Where: Cozmic Club – The Chill Out Zone, Bathgate; Motiv8, The Lounge, Linlithgow
West Lothian Drama & Mime Group
Drama Group for young people with and without disabilities who aim towards an annual Christmas Production. Fees £15 x 2 yearly sessions
Who: Aged 14+
When: Mondays 7-9pm weekly during set rehearsal times
Where: Whitburn Community Centre
Contact: Elaine_Haggarty@sky.com or Tel: 01506 873976 for waiting list referrals
Brighter Days Club
Brighter Days run 2 clubs which cover the primary and secondary school age.
Please contact Brigther Days directly for more information on either club.
Who: Kids Club – 5yrs-12, Teens club – S1-S6
When: Saturday mornings, 10.25am for a 10.30 start. Finish time is 12noon sharp
Contact: Brighter days
Autism Family Support
Autism Family Support offers 2 Clubs, these are:
After School Programme Street Dance – with Hip-Hop and more. We are offering a small grouped weekly club designed for children ages 5-11 and run by an experienced coach. This activity is on Saturdays from 12-1pm at NuMoves Dance Studio, Deans, Livingston.
A varied Youth club with activities, crafts, pool, and outdoor trips for youth ages 12-18 is held at Armadale Youth Space on Monday evenings 7-9pm.
Please do not hesitate to contact Emma or any of the Team at Autism Family Support for more information.