For Children

For Children

MAIN is a safe, fun and welcoming haven for children with disabilities in Middlesbrough and across the region. We run a range of different sessions throughout the week for various ages groups and levels of need. Children from 5 – 18 are welcome to come along to a session that suits them and enjoy the fantastic activities we organise. Some weeks this might be crafts and games in our purpose-built centre, other times it could be outdoor play at one of the great parks or attractions in our region.

All of our sessions are managed and run by our experienced team of service coordinators. Each member of staff receives expert training in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Behaviours That Challenge. You can rest assured that your child will receive the best care, and there is no need to stay. As a result, parents and carers get some time for themselves, for other siblings and for all the other tasks to be done.

Take a look at all our fantastic services for children below. If you’re interested in booking a place on any of these, please contact us and we’d be glad to help you.


Monday-Thursday: After School Club (term-time only)

Activities include: soft play, sensory room, arts and crafts, games, cooking, outdoor play and gardening. Transport from Beverley School and to home provided.

Age: 5 – 18 years
Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: The MAIN Centre


Mondays: SportMAINia (all year round)

At SportMAINia you will enjoy a variety of sports and games which will improve general fitness / help lose weight, have fun and make friends. Optional qualification available. Transport to and from home included.

Age: 11 – 18 years
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Middlesbrough


Fridays: Youth Group (all year round)

Activities include: games, soft play, sensory room, cooking, arts and crafts.

Age: 5 – 18 years (siblings welcome)
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: The MAIN Centre


Fridays: The Sound of MAIN (all year round)

For children wanting to sing, dance and perform whilst having fun, making friends and building confidence. Transport to and from home available.

Age: 5 – 18 years
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Middlesbrough


Saturdays: Youth Group (all year round)

Activities include: games, soft play, sensory room, cooking, arts and crafts.

Age: 5 – 18 years (siblings welcome)
Time: 9.40am – 11.45am
Venue: The MAIN Centre


Saturday Adventurers Group (fortnightly alternate Saturdays term-time)

This higher staffed group is aimed at children who would benefit from sensory exploration activities. Children need to bring a packed lunch.

Age: 8 – 12
Time: 12 noon – 4.00pm
Venue: The MAIN Centre


Sundays: Soft Play and Swim (all year round)

Includes a swim session, at Splash and soft play and games. Transport between venues included. Children need to bring a packed lunch.

Age: 5 – 12 years
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm & 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Venue: Splash and The MAIN Centre


Tuesday Fun Club (every Tuesday during school holidays)

Have fun in the holidays enjoying soft play, computer games, sensory tunnel, sensory room, cooking, outdoor play, gardening and arts and crafts. Places may be available for siblings depending on availability. Children need to bring a packed lunch.

Age: 5 – 12 years
Time: 10.00 – 2.00 pm
Venue: The MAIN Centre


Thursday Soft Play and Swim (every Thursday during school holidays)

Includes swim session at Splash and soft play and games at the MAIN centre. Transport between locations is included. Children need to bring a packed lunch.

Age: 5 – 12 years
Time: 10.00 – 3.00 pm
Venue: Splash and The MAIN Centre


Friday Holiday Soft Play and Swim Centre (every Friday during school holidays)

Includes swim session at Splash and soft play and games at the MAIN centre. Transport between locations is included. Children need to bring a packed lunch.

Age: 5 – 12 years
Time: 10.00 – 3.00 pm
Venue: Splash and The MAIN Centre


MAIN Personal Assistant Service

MAIN provide a Personal Assistant (PA) service which enables people to access community based social opportunities with the support of one of our highly skilled and experienced staff. The purpose of this will increase their confidence; improve their wellbeing; give them opportunities for independence and the likelihood of reaching their full potential. Resulting in them being less likely to be dependent on the social care and health care services in the future.

MAIN promote a person centred approach in providing this service to make the “best match” of service user to our member of staff to ensure that we foster a positive and supportive relationship to enable their outcomes to be best achieved. The needs of the individual are always put first.

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