Social and leisure opportunities at RNIB Pears Centre

Find out about the social and leisure opportunities available to children and young people with multiple disabilities and complex health needs who are blind or partially sighted at RNIB Pears Centre

Relaxing and having fun

At RNIB Pears Centre for Specialist Learning we provide many opportunities for blind or partially sighted children and young people with multiple disabilities and complex health needs to relax and have fun. A wide variety of community facilities are within easy reach.

We support children to access a wide range of leisure activities, both on and off site, individually and alongside other young people. Typical activities include baking, DVD nights, playing with games consoles, toys, gardening, painting and discos. Offsite trips include visits to bowling alleys, cinemas, restaurants, swimming pools, parks, shops, sports events and concerts.

Young people are involved in planning their leisure time activities. This enhances their self-esteem and social skills. Family members can also get involved in activities if they would like to.


Children and young people who live at RNIB Pears Centre also have the opportunity to go on holidays with friends and enjoy new challenges and experiences. They are accompanied by staff who are familiar with their routines, wishes and needs.

Here we share reviews of four holidays which have taken place.

Holiday 1: Lake District

Young people went to Calvert Trust in the Lake District to experience an 'outward bound' activity holiday. They all tried challenging activities such as horse and carriage riding and sailing. Staying over in an unfamiliar environment is a huge challenge for most of our young people, which they all faced and conquered with the support of a team of skilled social care workers.

Holiday 2: Yorkshire

During the summer holidays, a group of young people went to Beamsley in Yorkshire. The group enjoyed a trip to SPACE in Preston with the swing, ball pool and water bed to test out. The young people also had a fun time on a canal boat trip and on a steam train. This was a first trip away with us for one of the young people and she coped really well.

Holiday 3: Lancashire

A group of young people went to Ribby Hall, near Blackpool in Lancashire. The young people enjoyed swimming, days out on the beach at Blackpool and bicycle riding in the resort. The group also managed a little sunbathing time, in one of the best weeks of the summer,

Holiday 4: Sherwood Forest

The young people stayed at Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest, Nottingham. One of the girls went on holiday for the first time and faced a lot of new experiences in a very busy environment. The team enjoyed the bike riding and playing on the beach. They also managed to try out the swimming facilities.

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