Woodlands Secondary School

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Out of School Services for Students

Out of School Activities and Services for Students with SEN

This information is provided to give parents/carers a glimpse to some of the services being run for SEN students within Luton.


Families United Network - (all ages up to 40)


Families United Network (FUN) is a registered Charity and membership organisation which works to support children, young people and families living with disabilities throughout Bedfordshire. 


Membership registration is now FREE and enables families to access all of our clubs and activities. Families must be registered members to access our services.

Families United Network can offer you and your family a support network and leisure activities, outings, school holiday clubs etc. 


The Clubs and Services that we currently run are as follows:

Holiday Club during May half term.

Tuesday 29th May, 31st May, 1st June

Times:  10.00am – 4.00pm

Users:  Children and young people with any additional need or disability aged from birth to 25 years; and their parents, carers and siblings.  Parents/carers remain onsite with their children and young people during the club.


Saturday Club

Alternate Saturdays during term-time.

Times:  10am – 4pm

Users:    Young people with additional needs or disabilities aged from 10 to 17 years. This is respite service and the young people attend without their parents or carers.  The club can cater for both MLD and SLD young people, who can be provided with one-to-one support as needed.


Youth Club

Monday evenings during term-time

Times:  6.30pm – 8.30pm

Users:  Young people with any additional need or disability aged from 9to 17 years.  The young people attend without their parents or carers.


Young Adult Club (18-40)

Tuesday evenings

Times: 6.30pm – 9.00pm

Users:  Young adults with any additional need or disability aged from 18 to 25 years.  Some of the young adults attend with their carers but this is not required. More information 


Autism Bedfordshire - Exclusive Hire John Bunyan Soft Play (Ages 0-12)


A great place for children to meet new friends & be active in an entertaining and safe environment.


9:00 am to 10:30 am Sunday

  • 29th April Sunday
  • 27th May
  • 24th June

Call 01234 214871 to book & pay for your place.










Autism Bedfordshire (ages 3-17)


Autism Bedfordshire is an independent charity providing information, advice, emotional and practical support to individuals with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, (A.S.C.) their parents/carers, families and associated professionals throughout Bedfordshire and Luton.

Information, Advice and Carer Support 


Autism Bedfordshire provides a suite of short break and respite care services with trained support for the children in safe, secure environments


Summer Activity Schemes

These hugely popular schemes run during the first few weeks of the summer holidays in Bedford and Luton, providing social, educational and play experiences for children with A.S.C. aged 3 to 17 years.  Ours are the only schemes in Bedfordshire & Luton specialised to support children with A.S.C. through having trained staff and volunteers and safe, secure and risk-assessed environments.   We offer a wide range of onsite activities and visiting entertainment as well as trips out. More information 


Cineworld - Autism Friendly Avengers Infinity War - 6th May 2018 11:00am


Autism friendly cinema screenings social story template

Autism Friendly screenings are special performances of recently released films which have subtle changes to the cinema environment that means people who have sensory differences may have a more positive experience than they would in a traditional cinema setting. 

These differences are:

  • The lights will be on low
  • The volume will be turned down
  • There will be no trailers at the beginning of the film
  • You'll be able to take your own food and drinks
  • You'll be able to move around the cinema if you like but not run

For more information on these screenings and to sign up for the autism-friendly newsletter please visit the Dimensions website.


Kids in Action


Kids in Action is a charity providing sporting/social activities, day trips and holidays for children, and young adults with special needs.

















Friendship Scheme - Disability Project (ages 13-25)


This project is open to all young people town wide who have some form of disability. The project has been running for over seven years and is getting bigger and bigger every year. 

The age range for this group is 13 to 25 years old. The group meets up every Friday from 7.00pm to 9.30pm at Lea Manor Youth Centre in marsh farm. The project brings together young people with disabilities and mainstream young volunteers and we try to offer 1 to 1 support for these young people. The activities we offer range from pool/ snooker, indoor sports, art n crafts, healthy cooking, cyber café and x box/ Nintendo Wii.

Young people can benefit from attending our club in many ways. Young people can build on their social skills, communication skills, improve confidence and motivation. Young people will have the opportunity to try new experiences and learn about a variety of young people issues.

There is no cost for attending our Friday evening sessions however we do offer a school holiday provision. During the school summer, October, and Easter holidays we offer a three-day a week play scheme from 9.30am to 3.30pm. This provision cost £6 a day for young people. During these periods we provide outdoor trips for the group to places like bowling, theatre and theme park trips.

The project is funded by the Integrated Youth Support Service and is managed by qualified youth workers. We also provide a qualified BNA nurse for the duration of the play scheme.

More information


Baylands Horse Riding for the Disabled - Stockwood Park (ages 8-18)


Baylands has joined forces in order to provide a discounted introduction to horse riding for disabled young persons.


Cost: £48 for a six week course (1 hour per week). Sessions are available for 8 to 18-year-olds. 


Ongoing discounts are awarded to all participants once their course has been completed. Participants may only attend one six week course, as spaces are limited. To apply for a place please contact us - website


Friends of Bright Eyes - (ages 8-18)


Friends of Bright Eyes provide after-school activities, day trips and school holiday playschemes for ages 8 to 18 years. 

Our weekly Short Break activity clubs provide an inclusive space for disabled children and youth to have masses of fun. Staff and volunteers care-workers provide support for the children to engage in enjoyable activities and encourage them to push their boundaries. Activities range from the ordinary to the downright bizarre including crafts, drama, story time, sports, cooking, painting, messy play, sensory play and much much more.

Many children form close bonds with staff and show great improvement in self-esteem and confidence having formed friendships outside of the family. We pride ourselves on helping our children develop their social skills and independence, we believe by befriending them we are supporting them in being all they can be - Website


The Inclusion Project - Luton and Dunstable (ages 16+)


The Inclusion Project is an innovative initiative that promotes a healthy, social and active lifestyle for young adults with learning difficulties. The emphasis is to be included in the happenings of the community. Post education can be an abyss for people with learning difficulties, it can be difficult to find activities during weekdays that will facilitate the lifestyle that young adults desire. The Inclusion Project aims to solve this issue. Evenings and Saturdays available - more information


Access Disability Project - CYCD


Access Disability Project (ADP) aims to change negative attitudes towards disability within the South Asian Communities by focusing on each young person’s abilities, by giving them opportunities to develop to their full potential and by demonstrating that each child or young person is valued.

In the weekly sessions, the young people have an opportunity to do a range of activities including board games, painting, poster making, watching films, playing computer games & play-station, using the internet, football, cricket, basketball and the opportunity to make new friends.

In addition to the normal weekly sessions, the project also runs holiday play-schemes during ALL school holidays. This provision is a mixture of daytime and evening activities including trips to various educational, recreational and adventure centre - more information 


Other groups can be found here