A year ago when she walked into a group environment she would have been reluctant to leave me - a year later she can’t wait to get me out of the door!
If you would like to explore options beyond Yellow Submarine, there are a number of service providers in the Oxfordshire area that may suit your needs:
Abingdon RDA Horse riding group for people with any disability.
The Camden Society Services and campaigns to support the human rights of people with learning disabilities. Runs person-centred services across Oxfordshire and London, supporting people to develop their lives in whichever way they choose.
Chiltern Centre Highly personalised services that provide a safe, homely and nurturing environment for children and young adults with disabilities in the Thames Valley.
Dimensions Buddies Oxfordshire Buddying scheme that provides fun and exciting holidays, activities and support for children with a learning disability or autism.
Down’s Syndrome Oxford Organised and funded by parents & supporters to provide information, help and activities for children with Down’s Syndrome and their families in the Oxfordshire area.
Go For It Facilitates social opportunities and personal development to young people aged 16+ with learning disabilities and/or autism in Oxfordshire.
Hft South Oxfordshire Offers a range of services, from supported living to jobs and volunteering, registered care to day opportunities and respite. Can also provide specialist services for those with specific syndromes or complex support needs.
Horsewyse Based near Long Crendon; provides horse riding lessons, hacks and polocrosse for all abilities of rider. Specialises in ground-based and riding activities for children, young people & adults with learning, behavioural and/or physical difficulties.
Independent Support provides FREE independent information, advice, and support to young people and their parents/carers associated with the change from Statements of Special Educational Needs to the new integrated Education, Health & Care Plans (EHCP).
MacIntyre Lifelong Learning Oxford-based lifelong learning service from a national charity supporting children, young people and adults who have a learning disability or autism.
Mates ‘n’ Dates Dating and friendship agency for adults with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire.
My Life My Choice Oxford-based self-advocacy charity, run by and for people with learning disabilities.
My World Autism Support Activity programmes run five days a week, providing employment support, academic holiday activity programmes, support with accessing education and training, and more.
OASIS (Oxford Autistic Society) Aims to create a supportive community through family events, informal coffee and chat groups, as well as evening speaker meetings and county-wide events.
Oxford Adaptive Rowing Aims to remove barriers to participation in rowing for anyone who has a physical, sensory or learning impairment.
Oxford Mencap Supports people with a learning disability, and their families, who live in the Oxford area. Services include a social club on Wednesday evenings, family events and various summer holiday options.
Oxfordshire Family Support Network Organisation run by and for family carers of people with learning disabilities, providing independent information, advice and support.
OXSRAD Based in central Oxford; aims to offer sports, recreational and leisure activities that are accessible to all.
Pathway Workshop Registered charity in Oxford, providing productive employment and training for disadvantaged adults aged between 16 and 80, with physical disabilities and/or learning impairment.
Sailability A group of friends who sail together on Farmoor Reservoir from 6pm every Tuesday evening, between the middle of April and the middle of October.
Style Acre Provides day opportunities, supported living, work development and community involvement for adults with learning disabilities, across Oxfordshire.
Thomley Centre Recreational facility in Worminghall, for children and adults with disabilities, as well as families, friends, schools and groups.
See here for additional links to services directed primarily towards children and young people.