YMCA East Surrey

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Lifeworks – Inclusive Activity Days

At YMCA East Surrey, we believe that everyone should be able to live a full and active life, regardless of their ability or health.

Our inclusive sporting and social activity days for people aged 16+ with disabilities support independence and offer the chance to learn new skills, whilst having fun!

Autumn term activities



Time Cost Venue
3 Sept – 17 Dec
(no session on 22 Oct)
Sports Award 09:00 – 14:30 £40 per session YMCA Sovereign Centre, Reigate, RH2 8HA
10 Sept – 17 Dec
(no session on 22 Oct)
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
For 14-18 years
15:30-17:30 £5 per session YMCA Sovereign Centre, Reigate, RH2 8HA
4 Sept – 18 Dec
(no session on 23 Oct)
Café Experience 09:00-14:30 £40 per session YMCA Sovereign Centre, Reigate, RH2 8HA
5 Sept – 19 Dec
(no session on 24 Oct)
Gardening 10:00 – 14:00 £20 per session YMCA Sports and Community Centre, Redhill, RH1 6JJ
& local area
6 Sept – 20 Dec
(no session on 25 Oct)
Café Experience 09:00 – 14:30 £40 per session YMCA Sovereign Centre, Reigate, RH2 8HA

7 Sept – 21 Dec
(no session on 26 Oct)

Arts Award

09:00 – 14:30

£40 per session

YMCA Sovereign Centre, Reigate, RH2 8HA

  • Free trial sessions available for all new participants
  • We can offer one-to-one spaces upon request
  • All activities have the option of working towards a recognised qualification in the relevant subject

Session information

Monday | Sports Award
An active and varied scheme. Attendees engage within a wide variety of physical activity, improve their sporting skills and prowess, and embrace the benefits of physical health and wellbeing. Occasional out trips encourage attendees to try new sports and activities in public settings building confidence within the wider community. Regular social time allows attendees to develop connections with each other and ultimately social confidence and esteem. Participants who attend regularly will be able to work towards a basic sports leadership certificate and/or recognised sports leadership qualification with Sports Leaders UK.

Monday | Duke of Edinburgh
Based Primarily from Woodfield school in Merstham for young people aged 14–18 years with disabilities. The DofE gives young people the chance to try new experiences, being active and healthy and pursuing interests. The DofE takes you into a place where you’ll push yourself and have amazing new experiences.

You’ll build confidence, resilience, skills and friendship groups and have a brilliant time doing it. It gives you the added benefit of gaining a competitive edge as employers regard a DofE Award highly so it will help open the right doors for you. Many of  the skills you gain can be applied to your studies as well as your personal and social development. 

Tuesday & Thursday | Café experience
A life skills focused scheme during which attendees learn café and hospitality related skills such as general cleaning, food safety, hygienic hot and cold food preparation, setting up a professional café operation, managing customer tables, taking orders, providing a full cycle hospitality service to customers and money management. Along with functional skills attendees also develop experience working within a team based environment, supporting each other to achieve common aims, whilst building social skills and confidence through engagement with a wide and varied audience consisting of peers, café customers and YMCA staff and affiliates

Wednesday | Gardening & Craft
This exciting session gets young people learning gardening skills and socialising in the fresh air at our allotment. As well as developing gardening techniques and finding out more about where our food comes from, the group is working towards becoming a social enterprise with an environmental mission to get out and use their new-found skills to brighten up community outside spaces. The group will also take part in craft activities if the weather is bad. Based at our allotment in Redhill as well as other sites around Reigate and Banstead.

Friday | Arts Award
Explore different art activities and produce creative work. Attendance can be used to work towards an Arts Award but this is optional. Participants will be able to create their own professional portfolio of art work to take home and will receive ongoing tuition from experienced staff in a range of different areas such as photography, drawing, pottery, painting, model making and much more.

Get involved

Our projects always welcome new and enthusiastic volunteers. To get involved, please email volunteer@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk

Other activities

We can also provide Rebound Therapy, additional one to one support within sessions and continue to offer activities on Friday evenings through Friday Night Project (Redhill) and Disability Sports Club (Caterham).

Book your place

To find out more information about any of our projects for people with disabilities or to book your place, please contact John Brunswick.

T 01737 222859
E john.brunswick@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk

Download our Individual Care Plan form