Supporting children and young people with special needs and their families to be happy, have fun and feel included.

Our sessions

Swings & Smiles is open seven days a week, providing a place to play and support for children with special needs and their families. Find out what's on offer and how you can book to come along.

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Sibling support

We understand just how different life is when you have a brother or sister who has a disability or special needs. We run three sessions a month for siblings which are free to attend, as well as offering a 5 week course in schools.

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Book a session

Once you've completed our assessment form you'll be told which sessions you can attend at Swings & Smiles. You can book online via the website or email - we hope to see you soon!

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Our impact

4422

Individual visits from families in 2018

920

Hours of support provided to families last year

800

Number of siblings who accessed our SIBS support in 2018

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Latest events

  • Garden Sessions at Swings & Smiles

    We are really excited to be able to use the garden at Swings & Smiles again. All sessions will need to be paid for in advance. Read more

  • NEW DATE - Swings & Smiles Summer Ball 2021

    We are excited to announce that we have rescheduled our Swings & Smiles Summer Ball, taking place on Friday 18th June 2021. Early bird offer now available so get your tickets before 28th February 2021 for a discount! Read more

Latest stories

  • Welcome Sangeeta

    Swings & Smiles welcome ITV Meridian News Presenter Sangeeta Bhabra as a patron. Sangeeta is an adult sibling carer and has written an article for carers week, illustrating some of the challenges she faces but also the many positives she experiences from having a disabled brother. Read more

  • COVID-19 Update from Swings & Smiles

    The latest on what the COVID-19 outbreak means for Swings & Smiles. We are still here to support you, even if we're not able to open. Read more

  • Thank you, Sian!

    Chair of Trustees and Founder of Swings & Smiles, Sian Cook, will be stepping down after more than 13 years and stepping into a new role as Founder and Patron. Read more