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Whatever type of leisure activity you want to get involved with in your community, we can make it happen. We’ll work in partnership with local community groups, organise activities ourselves or support people with learning disabilities and their families to arrange their own.


Sports and fitness
Fancy fly fishing? Love lawn tennis? Want to try surfing? Perhaps you’re keen to get fit and lose weight with a fitness group?  We can support you in whatever sport or fitness activity you’d like to try.

If you’re not the active type, we’ll support you to go and see your favourite team, or join a local fan club.

We’ll support you to attend a dance class at your local leisure centre, or dance the night away at a club. Many of our resource centres offer dance classes too. Some of the people we support organise and DJ at club nights for people with learning disabilities.

Music & Drama
Some of our services have drama clubs and put on their own productions – perfect for budding actors. For those that prefer to be in the audience, we can support people to visit the West End or a local theatre to see a show.

Singers will love the Karaoke nights hosted by some services, while music lovers among you might prefer to see one of your favourite bands on tour.

If you’d like to make your own music, we may be able to help you learn an instrument. Some of the people we support in Bedfordshire use computers to make music – they’ve even won competitions for their creations.

Making friends
Our national friendship and dating agency Luv2meetU organises events for people with learning disabilities in a number of locations.

There are also lots of local groups and clubs which organise everything from Laser Quest with the lads, to meeting up with a few friends in a pub for Sunday lunch.

From group holidays to weekend breaks, we can organise long or short holidays for you. This might involve working with a local supported holiday provider, or we might support someone to go on holiday with family or friends.

Whether you want a few weeks, or a few days, a bit of luxury, or getting close to nature in a tent, we can help you organise the right break for you.

Staying in
If you fancy a night in with some friends, we might be able to help you organise it. You could have a Karaoke evening in on Wii or an evening of pampering with some girlfriends.

Learning new skills
We can help you develop skills in arts and crafts, reading and using Skype or Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family. In fact, Hft's Safeguarding group recently produced an easy-read guide to keeping safe online in conjunction with a member of our Speak Out Group, who acted as a consultant on the project.

Perhaps you’re interested in photography and want to learn how to use a camera properly and take good pictures. We can be entirely flexible in supporting you to learn the skill you want.

Get in touch with your local Hft service to find out how we can support you in your area.

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