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COVID 19 - SEND updates and resources

Activity and other fun suggestions

Portage activities

Our Portage Team have recorded some video stories for young ones. They have also filmed some activity ideas to do in the home. 

Portage story videos (opens a new window)

Portage activity videos (opens a new window)

Other activities


Kingston Parent Carer Forum came across this document that contains a wealth of advice and a range of activities for families to try at home.  It has been adapted for use within Kingston, and our thanks to Cardiff and Vale University Health Board for their permission to do this.



Local groups are offering online activities for children and young people. Please check websites for details. Here are some links to groups that we know are offering this:

Skylarks (opens a new window)

TAG (opens a new window)

Richmond Mencap (opens a new window)

Activity Station (opens a new window) are continuing to host interactive online Art, Music and Drama sessions.  If you are interested, please email them at or call us on 07444 881962 and they will send you an invitation to join these sessions.

Mencap TV

Click to subscribe to Mencap TV on their YouTube channel (opens a new window)

BBC Bitesize - Parents' Toolkit: SEND (opens a new window)

SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) resources, activities and support to help you and your family during lockdown.

Soundabout Live!  - interactive music-making session for people of all ages with SLD and PMLD. Sessions will run at 2pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays led by different members of the Soundabout music practitioner team. 

Visit the Soundabout Facebook page (opens a new window) to join in.

Visit the Soundabout YouTube channel (opens a new window) for more content online.

Visit the Soundabout website (opens a new window) to find out more about what they offer.


Dramatize (opens a new window) have fun oline sessions on their website.
Every day there will be both a live stream and video uploaded at the following times (please be patient if they are running a bit late)…
The videos can be found via this link (opens a new window) or here Facebook page (opens a new window)

DanceSyndrome - are an inclusive arts charity. They are offering online dance sessions via their Facebook (opens a new window) and YouTube (opens a new window) channels.  

The sessions will be adapted so that people can take part safely from the comfort of their own home (even your armchair) and will be suitable for EVERYONE! People with a range of abilities and disabilities will be able to participate, including children who are off school and elderly people who are social distancing. It will be a great way to keep active, boost your mental health and take your mind off the outside world!

Downs' Syndrome Association - Keeping fit and healthy at home

The Down's Syndrome Association have put together some videos of exercises you can do at home with everyday objects, including a chair, cartons and some tins.

Exercising at home (opens a new window)

Singing Hands (opens a new window) from Monday 30 March will be holding Makaton fun sessions on Facebook (opens a new window)YouTube (opens a new window) and Zoom (opens a new window) at 10.30am Monday - Friday. 

Thanks to Metro Blind Sport for these links:

Dom Thorpe is a personal trainer who specialises in working with disabled people to help them get fit and healthy - Top 10 Home Exercises for disabled people with varying abilities! (opens a new window)

Eyes-Free Fitness® audio exercise programs (opens a new window). All programs are completely free. These programs allow you to stretch, strengthen, condition, and tone your body, all without the benefit of eyesight.

These were kindly given for free for use from Mel Scott, who created a website called, Mel who is blind, brought together a team of fitness instructors, musicians, and audio editors in order to provide a variety of exercise programs for people who need or prefer non-visual cues while exercising. –  Now they are all free to download and share.

Story Massage (opens a new window) offer positive touch activites for home, schools and communities. The Story Massage Programme offers a fun and interactive way of combining the creativity of story with the benefits of positive touch. Everyone can join in, whatever age or ability. It is suitable for children and adults. During the lockdown period they have free resources on their website and are offering live ‘follow-along’ sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm on their Facebook page. Each day there is one short nursery rhyme and one longer massage story making it suitable for all ages and abilities. 

Shabang Inclusive Learning (opens a new window) is an award winning, specialist charitable arts organisation delivering projects to children with additional needs and their families.

They create and deliver events for families and perform accessible shows with music and songs which they sign in Makaton (communication sign language for people with additional needs). They are offering activities digitally on Youtube (opens a new window) and Facebook (opens a new window).