Disability Advice & Information in Peterborough

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Leisure, Sports and Hobbies

You can contact the Community Services Department of Peterborough City Council either as an individual or as a group and ask for information on a particular sport or leisure activity in which you would like to take part or would like to initiate. There may be funds available to buy any special equipment which might be necessary.
Contact Disability Sports Development Officer on Tel: 01733 863774

Vivacity Card Gives discounts on activities for the whole family e.g. swimming, tennis, fitness, allotments, restraints, shops, family days out etc.

To apply contact Peterborough City Council Leisure Services on Tel 01733 747474


The Blind Bowls Club meets weekly and can be contacted through Peterborough Association for the Blind

Address19 Burton St, Peterborough PE1 5HA

The Bowling Centre, Bretton has facilities so that you can bowl from your wheelchair. Mention your disability when making your booking so that the end lanes can be reserved. The centre is fully accessible. Discounts are available to disabled people Tel: 0844 8263027 www.amfbowling.co.uk

AddressSturrock Way, Bretton, Peterborough PE3 8YF

Bushfield Sports Centre , Bushfield, Peterborough, PE2 5RQ has a Pulsestar Fitness Studio which can accommodate disabled people at almost any time but it is advisable to telephone first. There is a cost per session. Discounts are available for disabled people. Tel: 01733 864656

Address10 Bushfield, Peterborough PE2 5RQ

 Early Years Centre, Cavestede Nursery has a toy library which is for families who attend Cavestede Nursery or live in the Walton Community Area   Tel 01733 571742

Jack Hunt School hosts the Friday Night Club  This is a swimming group for disabled and sensory impaired people and their families, which aims to equip you to be able to go into mainstream swimming.   Tel: 01733 264644

Peterborough Association for the Blind: Home – PAB

For more information please contact

Peterborough United Football Club has room for 10 wheelchair users and carers, and walking disabled people. If you are in a wheelchair you pay half price and the carer is admitted free. If you need to park close to the entrance, phone early on the day of the match to reserve a parking space. Tel:01733 563947

Disabled Fans – Peterborough United



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Phab UK is a national Charity dedicated to promoting the integration of people with and without physical disabilities, at all levels of society.

All volunteers have to undergo a DBS check via Phab (Phab will pay all costs).

Where The Phab Club meets in Peterborough

Pyramid Community Centre, Watergall, Bretton, Peterborough,PE3 8JT
Ann Deane 01733 333125

Our Joining age is now 15 years there is no upper age limit


Riding for the Disabled | Peterborough Information Network


Special Needs

 Lynch Farm cater for riders with special needs covering a wide range of conditions.
“Horses as vehicles for rehabilitation, therapy and equine facilitated learning.”

The ancient Greeks were already aware of the therapeutic effects of horses some 2600 years ago.
These benefits are being re-discovered and increasingly used in our times.
There are numerous studies showing clinical evidence of the benefits of interaction with horses.
This is for a wide range of people with Special Needs be they physical, mental health or special educational needs.

Members with special needs have a wide range of conditions.  These range from Autism, Tourettes Syndrome, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and a range of other conditions including recovering Stroke Victims.


Typical charges for Special Needs riders are £ 19.00 per session during off peak hours.

To make your booking, please contact us

Riding for the Disabled Horse riding is available for disabled children up to the age of 16 years and is available Monday to Friday term times only.  At RDA, our horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities.

Grasslands West Street Helpston Peterborough PE6 7DU
For more information please contact

01733 254254


RNIB Holiday and Leisure Service

Le Torri, Training and Holiday Centre of the Italian Union of the Blind and Partially …. Seable specialises in sensorial leisure active holidays for blind and partially …. and respite breaks at their Rainbow Court accommodation in Peterborough.

has information on a wide range of leisure pursuits is available from,


Sailability is one of the very few sports in which able-bodied sailors and disabled sailors can participate on equal terms. Sailability encourages and supports disabled people to take up the sport. Peterborough Sailability meets every Tuesday from April to October at Ferry Meadows,

Tel: 07948 262919 for details.

Swimming Both the Regional and Jack Hunt pools have hoists to help you into the water and prefer prior notification so that they can make sure that the appropriate help is available when you need it. For Regional Pool Tel: 01733 551474

or Jack Hunt Pool Tel 01733 264644

Werrington Sports and Recreation Centre, Staniland Way, Werrington, Peterborough, is open to people with any sort of disability, from the age of five with no upper age limit. The centre is fully accessible and there is a lift. Tel: 01733 576606

Young People’s Activities – Vivacity Peterborough

Disability Sports · Inclusive Sports Programme; FINS Swimming Lessons; Sharks …. The Katsu Academy of Shotokan Karate (KASKA) has been teaching traditional … A perfect opportunity to have fun, meet like-minded people and learn new skills.

Fun Instructional New Skills (FINS) Swimming Club runs every week during term time and is a swimming club for young people with a range of learning, sensory or physical abilities. Contact  Community Sports Development Officer on

Tel: 01733 863760 for details .

Unity Superstars Special Needs Cheer leading Squad | Peterborough Unity Superstars is one of England’s first ever competitive Cheer leading squad for young people with a range of learning, sensory or physical abilities. Cheer leading combines dance, gymnastics, stunting, jumps, cheers, chants and having fun! Contact Amee Garala on amee@unityallstars.com for details. https://fis.peterborough.gov.uk

Peterborough Sharks Inclusive Basketball Club for all ages runs every Saturday during term time. Sharks is a disability club open to all ages and abilities. Currently all of our players are 14yrs+ and adults with learning disabilities.

Peterborough GOALBALL

Goalball is a fun sport specifically designed for blind and visually impaired people. It is a fast paced turn based sport, in which an audible ball is thrown to score goals past defenders. It is great fun and by wearing blindfolds, sighted players can play too.

For more information please contact


Netherton United Disability Football train every Friday evenings at the Grange playing fields during the summer, and at an indoor venue through the winter months. Contact for details.Telephone

E-mail joyce.seddon@ntlworld.com

Website www.nethertonunited.co.uk/…/Home

Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) is the major provider of sporting opportunities for people with a learning disability and provides equality of opportunity for all athletes regardless of ability or degree of disability. waiting for an up date

North Cambs Special Olympics is the local group. Sports that train regularly under the Special Olympics banner include Equestrian, Athletics, Swimming, Gymnastics, Power lifting and skiing. For more details, contact group Chair Amee Garala Tel: 0794 102 4082 waiting for an update

Peterborough Libraries Members can borrow books, including large print, CDs and videos. Spoken word tapes and CDs are free to borrow, as are subtitled videos and DVDs. All libraries have microphones at reception to aid people with hearing difficulties. The Central library offers, on request, Clear vision children’s books in Braille with accompanying text. Also available is a PC with accessible software and magnifiers. The Central library is fully accessible to wheelchair users. The lecture theatre has an induction loop and neck loops are available for use in the main library. An adapted mobile library with easier steps and a wheelchair lift, which visits residential homes and sheltered housing on a monthly basis. Peterborough Libraries also operates the Doorstep Service taking books and spoken word cassettes. This service also pays the subscriptions for people using RNIB’s Talking Book Service and is the local agent for Wireless for the Blind. Any enquiries Tel: 01733 747474

Local Theatres and Cinemas

The Key Theatre has four wheelchair seats L8, L10, L29, L31 each has a carers seat beside. There is an infra red hearing system, with five loops and five headsets, which are available from reception also. Carers concessions are half price admission, the disabled person also gets half price admission. When booking your seat state any special requirements. Tel: 01733 552437

The Showcase cinema complex is fully accessible to wheelchairs. Some films are available with sub titles (check for details). They have loop systems, accessible toilets and carers accompanying disabled people will not be charged an entrance fee. Tel: 01733 555636

The John Clare Theatre has spaces for three wheelchairs and there are four disabled parking spaces at the side of the building. The lecture theatre has an induction loop plus a small number of remote receivers for the induction loop. The Cresset offers disabled parking bays, induction loops, and a wheelchair accessible theatre, carer’s concessions are available. Tel 01733 265705 Disabled facilities at Peterborough Parks and Recreation Grounds Central Park has a DDA compliant garden developed to provide stimulation for the visually impaired. The park also has a sensory garden adjacent to the rangers hut.


Central Park has a sensory garden, Bowls Green, Croquet greens, Tennis Courts,

Itter Park also has a sensory garden that is currently being modernised.

Westwood Grange allotment site has put some allotments on raised beds to make them accessible to disabled people. The allotments also have adjacent car parking.

Play parks, most of the Peterborough play park have some equipment that is fully accessible.

For further details or questions on any of the above contact the Peterborough City Council Tel 01733 747474

Books and Magazines

You can buy large print books direct from Chivers Press Tel: 01225 335336

Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd,

Address1 The Cl, Bradgate Rd, Anstey, Leicester LE7 7FU

National Talking Newspaper and Magazines provides tapes national papers and magazines. There is a flat-rate subscription for which you can take as many titles as you wish. Tel: 01435 866102

RNIB have an extensive choice of books and magazines catering for a variety of customers. They cover topics ranging from music, current affairs and celebrity gossip to education, employment and vocational support. All are available in a range of formats and are chargeable. For information contact customer services

AddressMidgate House, Peterborough PE1 1TN

Torch Trust for the Blind

Torch Trust’s aims can be summarised as enabling people with sight loss to discover Christian faith and lead fulfilling Christian lives.

Towards this end we provide Christian resources and activities for blind and partially sighted people worldwide. Our services are offered to all who experience sight loss, of all faiths or none, and including those with sight loss who have other disabilities.

AddressTorch House, Torch Way, Market Harborough LE16 9HL

‘Disability Now’ is a monthly newspaper of SCOPE, which features a wide range of news, arts reviews, an advice column and classified advertisements. The magazine also has a personal column for disabled people looking for friendship.

‘Readers Digest’ is available in the library in a large-print version.

For subscriptions and product questions, change of address, payments, and more:

Tel: 0330 333 2220  or  customercare@rd.com

Many disability organisations produce their own magazines and bulletins.

Out and About

English Heritage welcomes and encourages everyone to visit the historic properties in their care. They recommend that if you are disabled you contact the property a few days in advance for details about particular aspects of your visit. A free copy of their Access Guide to their services and facilities is available by calling 0370 333 1181 

Or talk to us via web chat.

Ferry Meadows/Nene Park There is disabled access to most of the park including the bird hides. Powered scooters and wheelchairs are available on free loan for use in the park but it is advisable to telephone in advance to check if one is free. There are accessible toilets at the visitor centre and the water sports centre. A Braille map is available for blind visitors.

For more information and to pre-book wheelchairs Tel: 01733 234443

Natural England has some of the country’s key wildlife sites and provide opportunities to experience wildlife at first hand and to learn more about nature conservation. Natural England believes that these opportunities should be available to everyone including visitors with physical disabilities or special needs. Accordingly Natural England has adopted the principle of ‘Access for All’ on its National Nature Reserves. However many NNRs, by their very nature are difficult to access due either to their remoteness. For information on accessibility telephone:

Tel:Phone0300 060 3900

AddressUnex House, Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough PE1 1NG

Wheelyboat Trust is a registered charity dedicated to providing disabled people with the opportunity and freedom to enjoy waters large and small all over the UK. Wheelyboats provide their disabled users with the dignity of their own independence: they make the entire water accessible, are simplicity itself to board via the roll-on, roll-off bow ramp and the level deck provides access to every corner of the boat including the helm. To find out locations and further information Tel: 01798 342222

Nene Valley Railway – There is disabled access at all stations. You can be transported in your wheelchair in the special carriages. Only Wansford station has disabled friendly toilets. All facilities at Wansford station are accessible, including the museum and the buffet. A wheelchair is available for use at the station

Tel: 01780 784444

Peterborough Cathedral – There is a ramp at the main entrance and a second access point at the south transept door. The cathedral has a touch and learn centre.

Tel: 01733 343342

Peterborough Museum – There a lift all exhibits. There is an accessible toilet. The museum provides a ‘See by Touch’ tour of exhibits with information available on tape and in braille. Tel: 01733 343329

Personal Relationships

Having a disability can make you feel less confident about yourself, especially if physical constraints make it hard for you to meet new people and gain confidence. There are people who can help you in all these areas and you aren’t alone in having these feelings.

Listed below are some groups:

  • Disabled Christians Fellowship provides fellowship for disabled Christians, through running accessible holidays, supporting local branches and providing inspirational tapes. They operate Through the Roof that is a Christian disability ministry working in partnership with churches and other organisations to promote access and inclusion of disabled people in every area of church life. Tel: 01372 749955
  • Discern promotes the understanding that people with disabilities or learning difficulties have a right to a sexual identity which is acknowledge, respected and supported. Services include: personal counselling, training, group work, and a telephone service 01623 623732
  • Outsiders – The Outsiders Club – Disabled Dating
Outsiders is a social, peer support and dating club, run by and for socially and physically disabled people. Our members have a wide range of impairments, .
  • Sex and Disability Helpline if you want to speak to someone in confidence about intimate matters, call them on Tel: 0707 4993527. http://www.outsiders.org.uk/outsidersclub/helpline/
  • The Prince’s Trust is dedicated to helping disadvantaged young people aged 14-25 to enable them to participate in activities with their peers. You can apply to them for financial help for all sorts of activities.

Alternatively, if you have a question about one of our programmes, you can call us on 0800 842 842. We’re open from 9am-9pm, seven days a week.

Activities for Children

Get Kids Going! Gives disabled children and young people the opportunity of participating in sport. They help promote sports for disabled children by providing them with specially built sports’ wheelchairs so they can do marathons, triathlons, tennis, athletics, mountain skiing, rugby, basketball etc. They also help and encourage British disabled children to compete by supporting them with their sports; training, physiotherapy, travel, design and development of sports’ wheelchairs.

Tel: 020 7481 8110

Donkey-Assisted Therapy programme is specifically for vulnerable children and adults.

Donkeys have an innate emotional intelligence that can help to develop the psycho-social and emotional skill set of humans. We allow our donkeys the freedom to work with our clients on the same level to develop an empathetic relationship, which is mutually beneficial for the client and donkey.

One of the key aims of this programme is also to raise the status of the donkey to be recognised as a sentient, intelligent being, with a huge capacity to teach us about ourselves.

The Donkey Sanctuary
Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU

Telephone +44 (0) 1395 578222

Kith and Kids’ overall aim is to empower families living with disability to overcome their social isolation and access the services they need. Throughout the year they provide a variety of volunteer-supported projects and services, which include social development projects, weekend clubs, a residential summer camp, long term friendship scheme and person centred self-advocacy projects. Tel 020 88017432

The National Holiday Fund takes chronically or terminally ill children, temporarily or permanently physically disabled children, on a unique international adventure to Florida, USA. The holidays are for the children only, the charity provides support workers.


For an application form Tel 01493 731235

Variety Club their work ranges from providing Sunshine Coaches and funding major hospital appeals to providing basic items that will improve the lives of individual disabled children. Each year they donate electric wheelchairs, specialist beds, car seats, sensory equipment, standing frames and many other items that can change the life of a child in need.


For more information Tel: 020 7428 8100

British Amputee & les Autres Sports Association aims is to provide sporting opportunities for people with disabilities, particularly for those people who are involved in competitive sport and who are entitled to compete for Great Britain under the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) rules and classification system.

IWAS HQ, Aylesbury College, Oxford Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 8PD, UK

Tel:  +44(0)1296 780212


British Blind Sport: Home

Welcome to British Blind Sport A visible difference through sport. The work of the charity enables blind and partially sighted people to have the same opportunities as sighted people to access and enjoy sport and recreational activities in the UK.

01926 424247 

British Deaf Sports Council Ltd an organisation aimed at ensuring that sports and leisure opportunities are available for deaf people in parity with their hearing contemporaries.

British Disabled Angling Association (BDAA) is a national registered charity helping to ensure there are inclusive opportunities to access the sport of fishing. The organisation offers tuition, demonstrations, special equipment, group visits, access consultancy, advice, events and much more. The structured organisation has 9 regional managers supported by 60 regional representatives who can supply information or help to those with an interest in angling

British Disabled Water Ski Association aims to introduce newcomers to the sport who, due to their disability, would not have considered the challenge possible. The Association has fully qualified instructors giving expert guidance and assistance to help people take to the water and learn to ski, whatever their disability .

AddressHeron Lake, Staines TW19 6HW

British Wheelchair Sports Foundation

Contact information for The British Wheelchair Sports Foundation, which exists to provide, promote and develop opportunities for men, women and children with disabilities to participate in recreational and competitive wheelchair sport

01296 395 995

Stoke Mandeville Stadium
Guttmann Road
Stoke Mandeville
HP21 9PP

Calvert Trust is an outdoor pursuits centre providing activity courses for people with disabilities, their families and friends. The activities available include: Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, Windsurfing, Climbing, Abseiling, Hill walking, Horse riding, Trap driving, Orienteering, Cycling, Handcycling Paragliding and Archery. The centre also runs specialist courses such as: individuals weeks; families week; sailing course; canoeing; off shore sailing and horse riding courses. Tel: 01768 772255

CP Sport Cerebral Palsy Sport promotes and seeks to increase sport and physical recreational opportunities for people with a disability and especially those who have cerebral palsy. Tel: 0115 925 7027

AddressHealthcoat Building, Nottingham Science Park, University Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 2QJ

Disability Snowsport UK provides the opportunity for people with a disability to participate in winter sporting activities’. Anyone with a disability is eligible to participate. The Club organises group winter sport trips to Scotland and overseas. Each activity is supported by volunteer helpers, qualified ski instructors and medics. They offer advice on type of trip, location, accommodation to suit you best. Costs are comparable to brochure prices from ski holiday companies. There is no surcharge for any of the special facilities, equipment or volunteer personnel. Tel: 01479 861 272

Flyability aims to promote and provide opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in the sport of hang gliding, paragliding and other related forms of flight. Flyability does not simply take people with disabilities flying, but strives to motivate people with disabilities to become involved in the sport of hang gliding and paragliding and to train as pilots.

email: Contact@Flyability.org.uk

Handigolf Foundation is for physically disabled people who have to be seated to play all golf shots. Specially designed buggies transport golfers to all parts of the course. Swivel seats enable the golfer to play from any side of the buggy.

AddressWhite House, Copthorne Ave, Bromley BR2 8NN

National Association for Bikers with a Disability (NABD),

The NABD operates a system of financial grants to help with the cost of special adaptation work to motorcycles, scooters, motorcycle/sidecar combinations and trikes; necessary to suit the needs of disabled riders.

NABD Unit 20, The Bridgewater Centre Robson Avenue Urmston, Manchester
M41 7TE

Tel: 0844 415 4849

Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB) is the major provider of sporting opportunities for people with a learning disability and provides equality of opportunity for all athletes regardless of ability or degree of disability. For details Tel: 0 20 72478891

Tallington Ski & Snowboard slopes have facilities for disabled people to take part for information  Tel: 01778 347000

The British Ski Club for the Disabled provides skiing on artificial ski slopes throughout the UK and organises group skiing holidays on snow. Skiing gives an opportunity to develop the self-confidence that comes with the shared experience of participating in a sport. The BSCD helps people with a range of disabilities including those who are blind, paraplegic, have MS, or special learning needs.

tel:020 8410 2015


The Scuba Trust Helping those with disabilities, their family and friends experience the joy and freedom of scuba divingScuba diving with a disability is more possible than you think.

Address3 Boxted Cl, Luton LU4 9HN

Phone: 07922 557155

The UK Sports Association For People with Learning Disability (UKSA) is the national charity supported by the UK Sport (formerly the UK Sports Council), which co-ordinates, promotes and develops sport for people with learning disability at UK and international level.Contact

WheelPower – British Wheelchair Sport – is the national organisation for Wheelchair Sport in the United Kingdom and exists to provide, promote and develop opportunities for men, women and children with disabilities to participate in recreational and competitive wheelchair sport.

Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Guttmann Road, Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire
HP21 9PP
United Kingdom