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Leisure time is an important part of life for people of all ages and abilities. Leisure time allows children and young people to find out more about activities they enjoy. Taking part in leisure activities can help people to develop skills and express themselves in a relaxed and fun environment.

In Bexley there are lots of organisations that offer activities where children and young people with learning difficulties or disabilities can be supported while they enjoy activities and socialise. These include arts and crafts clubs, sports lessons, youth clubs, music lessons and lots more.

You can search what is available in each area of the borough or select one of the buttons below.

Frequently Asked Questions

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    Permanent Quiet Hours in association with the National Autistic Society (LE-HE-0718-A006)

    Some chain stores have begun work with the National Autistic Society to introduce a weekly 'Quieter Hour' for those people who do or who have family that find shopping in a supermarket or store an anxious experience. 

     

    What do the stores do to create the 'Quieter Hour'?

     

    They will:

     

    • Dim the lights
    • Turn music and radio off
    • Avoid making tannoy announcements
    • Reduce movement of trolleys and baskets
    • Turn checkout beeps and other electrical noises down
    • Place a poster outside to tell customers it's Quieter Hour

     

    Which stores implement the quieter hour at the moment and when?

     

    Morrisons

     

    Morrisons stores quieter hours begin on Saturday 21/07/2018 and will continue every Saturday following this date. This will be in every store around the country and will be from 9am to 10am.

     

    Morrisons stores in Bexley are:

     

    • Sidcup, 1 Jenner Close, DA14 6BF
    • Welling, 71-79 Welling High Street, DA16 1QL
    • Erith, James Watt Way, DA8 2AH

     

    More information can be found here and the store finder can be found here.

     

     

    The Entertainer

     

    The Entertainer has been running 'Quieter Hour' since early in 2018. These are every Saturday for the first hour of trading.

     

    The Entertainer store in Bexley is:

     

    • Bexleyheath, Unit 17/18 Broadway Centre, Bexleyheath, DA6 7JJ

     

    The store finder can be found here.

     

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    The National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour (LE-HE-0718-A007)

    For autistic people, the world can seem full of too much information - and too little understanding. That's why we launched the Too Much Information campaign to challenge the myths, misconceptions and stereotypes that contribute to 79% of autistic people feeling socially isolated and 64% of autistic people avoiding going to the shops.

     

    More than 1 in 100 of the population have been diagnosed with autism. Along with their families, that's over 3 million customers waiting to be welcomed into your business. Over 99% of people have heard of autism, but only 16% of autistic people feel the public understand them.

     

    So, as part of our Too Much Information campaign, we're asking shops and businesses to organise an Autism Hour and take simple steps for 60 minutes that lead to a more autism-friendly world. . 

     

    What's involved in an Autism Hour?

     

    • Turning down music and other noise: Overwhelming noise is a common barrier to autistic people accessing shops. Where possible, in-store tannoy announcements and other controllable noise should be reduced.
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    • Dimming the lights: ??Lighting, particularly fluorescent strip lighting, can be overwhelming for autistic people. Wherever possible, whilst maintaining a safe premises, lights should be dimmed or switched off.
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    • Sharing information about autism with employees: We don't expect everyone to be an autism expert but we believe everyone should understand autism. We'll provide information about autism to help your staff make your customers' experience a positive one.
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    • Sharing information about our Too Much Information campaign: From the week of 6 October, we ask that you help increase the public's understanding of autism by sharing our Too Much Information campaign with customers.

     

    For more information please click here or download the poster below.

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