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Activities

Programme

For a full list of all activities taking place in June, download the TouchBase Pears  Activity Programme.

Activities for everyone

People with and without disabilities are coming together and connecting differently through our wide range of inclusive activities. From pottery and film-making, to singing and drumming, there’s something for everyone. These sessions are open to everyone with and without a communication disability.

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Play activities

TouchBase Pears provides play and activities for children and young people.

  • Messy play
  • Story time
  • Sensory play
  • “Transport time” – playing with toy trains
  • Family crafts and pottery for young makers (6-14 yrs)

Download the TouchBase Pears activity programme to find out when our play activities are taking place.

Singing and Signing Choir

Whether you speak fluent BSL, are a beginner, or are brushing up your skills to support others, join our fun signing and signing choir, where you’ll learn songs as part of a social group.

Download the TouchBase Pears activity programme to find out when the next Signing and Signing choir session is taking place.

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Introduction to British Sign Language

Learn the basics of British Sign Language (BSL), or brush up your skills.

These introductory BSL classes are open to all, aged 12 and over.

Download the TouchBase Pears activity programme to find out when the next BSL class is taking place.

Pottery and ceramic sessions

We offer pottery and ceramic classes for children and adults. Whether you’re looking to learn new skills or want a new hobby, or if you’d like your child to develop their creative side, there’s plenty of classes happening.

  • Starter pottery classes for adults.
  • Ceramic and wheel-work sessions for adults.
  • ‘Young makers’ pottery classes for children aged 14-19.
  • ‘Young makers’ pottery for children who receive home education, aged 6-14 years.

Download the TouchBase Pears activity programme to find out when the next pottery class is taking place.

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Inclusive film making for young people

Young people aged 14-19, can take part in this series of inclusive film-making classes.

This is a fantastic chance for young people to not only learn the basics of film-making, but also understand about accessibility, and how films can be made for everyone, no matter how complex their communication needs.

Download the TouchBase Pears activity programme to find out when the next inclusive film making class is taking place.

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Drumming and percussion workshops

In these workshops you’ll learn the basics of percussion, playing a range of different percussion instruments.

This drum group offers a unique chance for people to connect through the sensory experience that drums provide. From  learning new rhythms and patterns, to feeling the vibrations of different drums.

Download the TouchBase Pears activity programme to find out when the next drumming and percussion workshop is taking place.

‘Food Fusion’ inclusive cookery classes

For all people aged 16 and over, you will learn new culinary skills at these inclusive cookery classes in our fully accessible kitchens.

Download the TouchBase Pears activity programme to find out when the next ‘Food Fusion’ inclusive cookery class is taking place.

For people supported by Sense

A range of personalised day service opportunities are available for children and adults supported by Sense, the national disability charity for people with complex communication needs.

If you, or your child, are not currently supported by Sense, please contact us to find out more about the support Sense may be able to offer, and the activities available to you.

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Activities for people with complex communication needs

At TouchBase Pears, a suite of fully equipped specialist rooms, designed to support people with additional needs, act as ‘base’ from which individuals can choose how to spend their time.

There is a range of art, sport and wellbeing activities for people that Sense supports.

  • Dance, theatre, art, pottery and music
  • Massage
  • Cookery
  • Sensory experiences
  • Life skill courses
  • IT access and learning
  • Outdoor activities
  • Work-based experiences

For young people preparing to leave school

TouchBase Pears has a lot to offer a young person with additional needs who is leaving, or planning to leave school. Do get in touch early to discuss the young person’s transition needs and how activities at TouchBase Pears can support them.