Out of School Activities

Oldham offer a range of services to help to support families who have children with additional needs.

Local Offer

The ‘Local Offer’ has been designed to enable families who struggle to access universal services to have other options. The Local Offer is comprised of short breaks that are especially designed to meet the needs of children and young people with an additional and or complex need.


 Amy Taylor – info@mahdloyz.org – 0161 624 0111
Amy Taylor is Mahdlo’s ability coordinator. Mahdlo is a registered charity and state-of-the-art Youth Zone in the heart of Oldham for 8-19 year olds (up to 25 for young people with a disability). Open 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year, we offer an exciting range of activities and opportunities that all young people from across Oldham can access for just 50p as a member. Mahdlo runs inclusive Ability Zone sessions alongside the mainstream offer on Thursdays from 4:30PM till 6:00PM. These sessions are adapted for young people with additional needs, but are also fun and exciting for able-bodied young people.

Young people are able to access the sessions independently or if required they are able to come with carers or a family member. Additional staff are on hand to offer support to young people if and when needed to ensure the best quality experience.

Thursday Ability Zone (8-25yrs)

4.30pm – 6pm

This is great session for  new members who want to get used to Mahdlo in a quieter and more structured environment. We can see young people increase in their confidence and independence from attending this session.

Sunday Ability Zone

1.30pm – 4.30pm

Information and advice is on offer from local forum POINT (Parents of Oldham In Touch)

The session is specifically for families with children who have a disability aged 0-25yrs. We offer a range of activities in an inclusive and safe environment including, sports, arts, sensory room, music and gym.

Saturday Junior Zone (8-12yrs)

10am – 1pm

This is a mixed session which welcomes all young people. If 1 to 1 support is required, we welcome young people to bring their own PA or support worker. Again there is a wide range of activities on offer including sports, arts, sensory room, dance and gym.

To view the timetable for this half terms Ability Zone sessions please click here


Junior Disability Sports

0161 770 3676
An introduction to sport for young people, developing fundamental skills through a range of fun games and activities.


Starfish School of Swimming

0800 996 1760 nichola@starfishschoolofswimming .net
Small group swimming tuition for children with additional needs from the age of 3 years.


Wheels for All

0758 1306394
Wheels for All provides opportunities to access a wide range of adapted and universal cycles in Alexandra Park for the whole family.


Wheelchair Football

0161 770 6999
For young people with physical disabilities co-ordinated by Newbridge School, open to 7-18yrs old. For more information contact the school.