Family fun day is a big success

Activities Unlimited, an organisation that runs short breaks and activities for young people in Suffolk with disabilities or additional needs, welcomed over 170 people to its second annual family fun day.

Claydon based Activities Unlimited held the event at Kesgrave Community Centre on Saturday (November 10), which gave families with children who have additional needs the chance to meet its activity providers and celebrate the work carried out by Activities Unlimited.

Sessions were held throughout the day for the young people including therapy, soft play, art classes and face painting.

The fun day also saw the unveiling of the newly refreshed Activities Unlimited website and the launch of their new one-stop-shop – Access Unlimited – for families with children who have additional needs.

Councillor Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education and young people and Cheryl Sharland, Head of Inclusive Services at Suffolk County Council were both in attendance.

Councillor Newman said: “I was really delighted to see so many families making the most of the opportunity to meet with our team and the activity and short break providers.

“I am also grateful to the providers for coming along to engage with the people who use their services.

“Suffolk County Council is absolutely committed to ensuring young people with additional needs are provided with the same opportunities as other children.

“Our award winning team at Activities Unlimited works tirelessly to ensure this is the case.”

Leslie Nye, who regularly accesses the Activities Unlimited service for her son, commented; “Activities Unlimited provides an unrivalled service for my family.

“I am always impressed by the range of opportunities available, and also by the high quality of the activities we have accessed.

“AU has enabled my son to make new friends, learn new skills and above all else; have a great time.”

Activities Unlimited was established in June 2009 with the aim of creating a range of fun opportunities for children and young people with disabilities and additional needs.

Since then, the organisation has enjoyed rapid growth and currently has 2,500 Suffolk people registered for its service, as well as 350 providers of activities for babies to 25 year olds.

These include horse riding, archery, swimming, woodland adventures, themed residential trips, animation, arts and crafts as well as trips abroad.

For more information on the services provided by Activities Unlimited and to see their newly refreshed website, please visit

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