Leisure and your free time

 

Sometimes it can be hard to decide what to do in your free time.  We have provided some links to help give you ideas for what's on in Milton Keynes at the moment and you can always visit us on Facebook for all the latest groups, events and activities that you might like to join!

If you have a education, health and care plan (EHCP) you are eligible to apply for Milton Keynes short break vouchers. You can use your vouchers at all the locations in this brochure.

You can also sign up to our SEND newsletter where share local events and activities for young people and their families.

Travel and getting around

Applying for or renewing a blue badge - Blue Badge parking for people with disabilities: who can get a badge and how to apply.

Disabled persons bus pass - free off-peak travel on local buses anywhere in England

Disabled persons railcardsaving you 1/3 of the cost of travel and includes discounts and offers on days out.

Beach wheelchairs for hire - a map to show you the beaches with wheelchair hire availability. 

'Please offer me a seat' (Transport for London) - If you struggle to stand while using public transport, there is a free badge and card available to help you alert fellow customers that you need a seat

Discounts

Short break vouchers - if you have a education, health and care plan EHCP you are eligible for short break vouchers to use on different activites in Milton Keynes.

CEA Card - The card enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema.

My Uni Days - discounts on fashion, technology, food/drink, lifestyle beauty and more for students at University.

Access card - The card informs providers quickly and discreetly about the support you need and may gain you access to things like extra ticket prices and complex reasonable adjustments without having to go into loads of personal detail.

Max Card -  Making days out more financially accessible for foster families and families of children with additional needs.

National Trust essential companion card - The Essential Companion card makes it simple to bring one or two carers or companions with you, free of charge

Public toileting

The National Key Scheme - (sometimes known as RADAR) offers disabled people independent access to locked public toilets around the country.

Find an accessible toilet near me - enter your location and see where the nearest accessible toilet is.

Just can't wait toilet card - Helps quickly explain that you need to go to the toilet first, without having to explain yourself. (Card or app available)

Get involved with the Local Offer

It is important that everyone has the chance to have their say and that people listen to you, especially when this is about you. Do you:

  • want to change your community?
  • feel passionate about something?
  • like to help others?
  • know how to get your voice heard?

If so, we want to hear from you! 

We are currently looking for young people with a passion to change and support our team in developing our SEND local offer and our Milton Keynes Local Offer Facebook page. If you'd like to know more about what you could help us with, message us directly via Facebook.  

Sports and physical activity

Get active and get involved!

Taking part in a sporting activity can can lead to many more benefits than just keeping fit and healthy, such as:

  • a sense of achievement when learning something new
  • the chance to make new friends
  • helping you get over the barrier of going somewhere new 
  • the possibility of making the team and playing competitively in your chosen sport

You may be interested in:

Caldecotte Experience.

MKDons SET

Climb Quest

Gravity SEN sessions

For more sports ideas keep an eye on our Facebook page, if you're looking for something specific why not email us and we will see if we can help? local.offer.feedback@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Music

Milton Keynes music hub is an organisation led by MK Music Faculty consisting of schools and key partners that are responsible for music. The Hub ensures that all young people are able to receive an excellent music education and that they have opportunities to develop their music skills through high quality instrumental and vocal tuition as well as progressive wide-ranging musical experiences.

Ragdolly Annas are high energy, feel good, music sessions in Milton Keynes for young adults (and younger children) with additional needs.

Art

Stretch you mind and senses, or just relax and enjoy your surroundings!

Many local organisations provide special events or special support, so they are accessible for all. For example, theatres might have signed performances or autism-friendly environments.

Here are some ideas:

  • your local children's centre have regular art events and courses
  • MK Gallery host specific events for families with access requirements
  • your local library - libraries run all sorts of events as well as lending books, for example, the Shelf Help scheme uses books to help you understand and manage difficult situations
  • community learning - MK Youth Faculty
  • destination MK - What's on

As well as this, Interaction MK host events such as Groovy Gecko parties at Popworld, Milton Keynes - a night club event for adults with additional needs.

Online

There are many fun things you can do with your computer, console or phone if you are connected to the internet (this is called going online).For example, you could:

  • play games
  • find information using search websites like Google or Bing
  • send messages to friends and family using emails or using social media websites like Facebook or Twitter
  • listen to your favourite music or watch videos on websites like iTunes or YouTube
  • talk to friends or family using Skype
  • go shopping - sometimes the best deals are available online
  • pay bills or manage your bank account - online banking

Being safe online

It is really important to stay safe online so remember:

  • be careful who you chat to - you never really know who you are talking to online
  • be careful about sharing information about yourself or sending photos of yourself
  • keep your passwords a secret
  • keep your bank details a secret - especially if someone asks for these details in an email
  • if someone makes you feel scared or uncomfortable online, tell someone you trust

Download an easy read guide to internet safety. There are lots of organisations that can help you stay safe online too, including:

  • BullyingUK - advice on what to do if you are being bullied on social media
  • ChildLine - advice on online bullying and keeping your devices safe
  • SaferNet - advice for staying safe online if you have learning disabilities

You might also want to look at our online safety resources.

SEND Team

SEND Team contact information

Civic, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ

SENDIAS Service

SENDIAS contact information

Civic, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ