Disability Groups
Details of clubs/groups for people with a disability in the Harlow area


U.First is a small independent local charity which aims to promote equality and inclusion. Specifically we work to create opportunities for our clients and members to meet in an accessible, safe and welcoming social environment. Our membership is open to all, and some of our members may have physical or sensory impairments, learning difficulties and or mental health problems. As well as clubs, trips and social activities, we provide one-to-one community support for a few individuals and a Gardening Scheme.
Contact Details: Chris Rumens, Registered Manager – U.First Care Limited
Tel: 01279 27 60 27   Mobile: 07990 812296


Mike’s Den
Fun & Friendship Together
PHAB Club – Registered Charity No. 283931

Mikes Den of Harlow is a meeting place for adults aged 16+ promoting equal opportunities and social activities for both disabled and non-disabled people.

It is a haven of fun and friendship for adults with learning disabilities in West Essex and Harlow!
Meet:  Every Wednesday Night
Venue:  David Livingstone Hall, Potter Street, Harlow
Activities:  Pool room, Art & Craft room, Games room plus a big hall.
They also open once a month and have disco’s and live bands play.
Contact Details:  Neil Crouch  07757159558
Email: neilcrouch.81(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/mikesdenharlow/?fref=ts


The Harlow Deaf Society
Meet: The first Saturday of every Month
Venue:  The Women’s Institute, Garden Terrace Road, Old Harlow CM17 0AT
Times:   7-10.30pm
Admission:  Starting from £1
Details:  A family friendly club that is open to all ages to provide local deaf and hearing (with interest) people a social gathering.
For more information, please follow Harlow Deaf Society’s Facebook or Twitter page or email harlowdeafsociety(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com


Harlow V.I.P Club
First Tuesday of each month 10.00 to 12.00 midday.
Great Parndon Community Association, Abercrombie Way, Harlow
Maureen Spicer  Tel: 01279 639561 or email maureen.spicer(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)talktalk.net
A club for people who have a sight problem who can meet with other visually impaired people. Enjoy activities such as games, quizzes, bingo, speakers, help with computer skills using speech recognition software or just socialise with other members. Annual outings to various locations.  Information on how to cope with sight loss available. Carers and Guide dogs welcome. 


The David Livingstone Club
Meet:  Mondays 7.00 – 9.00pm
Venue:  Behind the Livingstone House Hostel in Potterstreet
Contact:  yvonnebutler(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)btinternet.com  for more details
Details:  Social club for people with special needs.  Wide age range.
Games Room with 3 pool tables, Main hall has a disco every week. Quiet Room for board games or cards, arts/crafts, knitting.  Sitting Room to chat and chill.  Kitchen to buy hot dogs and drinks.  Shop to buy drinks and sweets.  Run by volunteers.  £1 donation entrance fee.
Anyone is welcome to come and look around.


High Street,
Chipping Ongar
Essex CM5  OAD
01277 365626
An arts organisation, which exists to advance & promote the creativity, culture and heritage of disabled people and socially excluded groups for the benefit of all.


Youth Plus
Ongar Thursday evening plus activities on other days
Voluntary social group established for young people
Aged between 14 and 25 years with learning disabilities
Or no disabilities to develop a circle of friends and to be
Able to access social activities in the Community.
Contact: brenda(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)youthplus.net
Website:  www.youthplus.net


Local Links
Bishops Stortford
Local Links is a charity which runs a club for all people regardless of age of disability which aims to promote independent and healthy living encouraging people to become active in the community and to build stronger social bonds.

Local Links wants to enable individuals to develop their skill sets to benefit themselves creating projects and opportunities that generate a sense of self-worth.

We provide a hot meal; a tiffin (afternoon tea), exercise, activities, games, theme days, day trips, guest speakers, computer training and art and crafts.

Local links aims to avoid exclusion to possibly our most over looked in society.

We hold the club at Havers Lane Community Centre, Bishops Stortford on a Monday 1-4pm and Parsonage Lane Community Hall, Bishops Stortford on a Friday 12.15 – 3.15pm.
We provide specialist transport with a carer in attendance targeting the isolated areas.
Contact:  Michelle on 01279 755875 ex. 301 or michelle.iizukka(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)localwithus.org
‘Local Links With Us’ charity no. 1144478


Canal Boat Project
PO Box 5768
CM20 2XB
Tel: 01279 424444
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Disability and Community Boating Activities

The mooring is at the Harlow Outdoor Centre near Harlow Town Station.

Most of our boats have been designed or adapted to allow access for wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility.

Stort Challenger and Stort Daybreak have wheelchair access to all parts of the boat, via one or more wheelchair lifts.

Most areas on Red Watch and Dawn Trader are accessible but see individual boat descriptions available from our website for further details Email: admin(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)canalboat.org Website: www.canalboat.org

Whether you want to relax and get away from it all, or get involved in the operation of the boat, a Canal Boat Project trip will have something for you.

Either sit back and watch the river quietly drift by, or have a chat with other boaters and anglers as you pass by, on the tranquil and picturesque rivers of the Stort and Lee. For the more active, why not have a go at steering the boat and operating the locks? Its not difficult and some of our craft are specially adapted to allow those with limited mobility to control the boat, by joystick.

Hirer’s Information

Hiring our boats is easy.  Our friendly team are at the end of the phone and are happy to discuss your requirements, assess your needs and recommend the most appropriate boat.

Remember, our boats are not only available to formal groups from Care homes, hospices, support groups, schools etc, but are also available to informal groups of families and friends that include someone with a disability.

(Terms and conditions apply)