two friends at playscheme

KCA

We provide services for children and young people with learning disabilities aged 5 to 25 including those with physical disabilities, autism, complex communication, and behavioural needs.

We want to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people with disabilities and their families and aim to enhance their life opportunities by providing play, outreach, short breaks, after school clubs, counselling and family support services to support children and young people to be active and contributing members of their community.

Our vision is to provide engaging, inclusive, and innovative play and experiential opportunities, which enable learning disabled children and young people to develop their social and emotional resilience in readiness for an active and fulfilling adulthood.

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child playing in accessible swing

“I have a daughter with severe autism who attends the schemes at KCA during the holiday periods and on Saturdays.  These services are very helpful to me because it allows me to spend more quality time with my other daughter who often feels left out because my autistic daughter requires constant attention when she’s at home.

The weekends and holiday schemes not only provides my  daughter with the opportunity to engage in fun activities which she enjoys but it also enabled me to develop a better relationship with my other daughter. I am very grateful to the team at KCA for all the wonderful things they do. Without their support things would be very difficult for me’’

Emilia, parent

young person making music

“My son Patrick who is 7 and has global developmental delay goes to KCA on a Saturday and during the school holidays.  Patrick really enjoys attending KCA. It means he can socialise with other children and take part in fun activities in a safe environment.

Patrick does not walk and has a much younger mental age than 7, so it is very difficult to find activities for him to participate in over the weekend and during school holidays. He gets bored and frustrated at home which can be stressful for us, his parents, so it’s wonderful that he can attend KCA and be stimulated. He is always happy when we pick him up and the staff are really friendly and supportive of his needs.

Places like KCA are so valuable to children with disabilities and their carers. The children enjoy themselves and the parents get a chance to have a break and/or spend time with their other children.”

Mary, parent