Kidz to Adultz North Event – Thursday 17th November 2016

‘Kidz to Adultz’ events are organised by Disabled Living. Five of the largest, FREE UK exhibitions totally dedicated to children and young people with disabilities and additional needs, their parents, carers and professionals who work with them. 

Kidz to Adultz North

Thursday 17th November 2016,
9.30am – 4.30pm
Barton Dock Road,
Manchester, M17 8AS

Free Entry, Accessible Parking

Kidz to Adultz

80-150 exhibitors offering advice and information on funding, mobility, seating, beds, communication, access, education, toys, transport, style, sensory, sports and leisure and more…

A full programme of FREE CPD seminars will run alongside each exhibition.Children are welcome to come along, try out the equipment and products, join in the fun and features and participate in the sporting activities sessions taking place throughout the day.

Topics include: Moving & Handling, Sleep Issues, Continence Issues, Finance & Budgets, Parental Experiences, Transition, Legal Advice, Managing Behaviours that Challenge and more!

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Paralympic event at Lee Valley White Water Centre attracts over 50 people

A special  free Paralympic Event at Lee Valley White Water Centre for people with disabilities has proved a roaring success, with over  50 people taking part in a range of water sports.

Individuals and groups from London, Hertfordshire and Essex as well as Coventry, Ashford, Kent and Sussex, tackled the centre’s white water rapids in a raft or tried out kayaking and canoeing on the lake.

Inspired by the Paralympic Games in Rio and supported by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s Community Access Fund, the day enabled people with a wide range of disabilities to get out on the water with the support of the centre’s fully qualified and experienced raft guides and staff.

Water Sports

The groups had a chance to experience speeding down the 300m long Olympic course where Team GB won gold and silver in the London 2012 canoe slalom event or to have a go at rafting down the centre’s 160m Legacy Course. They could also choose instead to paddle on the flat water lake in kayaks and canoes.

Following the special day at Lee Valley White Water Centre, enthusiasts who wish to continue with watersports have a chance to try out a full course with brand new Paddleability sessions for children and young people with special educational needs.  

Sponsored by Epping Forest District Council and Lee Valley White Water Centre, the new five week course at Lee Valley White Water Centre, in Waltham Cross (  starts on 29 September from 16:00 – 17:30  every Thursday and is aimed at those wanting to get into paddlesports for the first time. For those aged 8 and over, the five week course costs  £40. To book, or for more information, call 01992 564 561; or email:

Paskell Blackwell, Lee Valley White Water Centre’s General Manager said: “We firmly believe that everyone should be able to access all our activities and services and this special event shows how activities like this can benefit a variety of different  groups, promoting health and fitness and boosting confidence.  Everyone had a great day and many tried sports they had not done before.”

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority has invested £113,000 into the Community Access Fund, a programme that is currently being piloted to offer financial support to access the sports, outdoor learning and activities available in the park.

Working closely with local authorities across London, Hertfordshire and Essex, the Authority is providing community and education groups the chance to experience a wide range of activities, from white water rafting, cycling and playing tennis in London 2012 venues to horse riding, ice skating and orienteering. The programme is working directly with 16 local authorities in its first year.