Contact Leisure is a charity that organises and runs social events for adults with learning disabilities, providing great opportunities to meet up with friends and go out socially in the community.
What We Do
Our members are 13 years or older, have learning disabilities and live in the borough of Bury. We aim to provide a service that people of all ability levels can be a part of. We particularly welcome people who have only limited support in their lives. The emphasis is very much on fun, participation and social interaction. Within Contact there are small friendship groups. Each group has its own regular members, volunteers and at least one paid worker responsible for the safety and enjoyment of the group. Activities include: –
- Social activities (decided by members of each group) include meals out, cinema nights, 10 pin bowling.
- A gardening activity at a local allotment, giving members the opportunity to grow their own vegetables.
- Day trips, weekends away and other activities suggested by members may also be available.
If you or someone you know meets this criteria, and would like to do more community-based activities, meet friends and gain greater independence, please get in touch! We will be happy to discuss Contact’s leisure opportunities. Please call us on be 0161 797 9302 or email us on [email protected]
How We Started
CONTACT (now Contact Leisure) was set up in 1985, in response to requests from people with learning disabilities, for more opportunities to meet up with friends and go out socially in the community. Remaining locally-based in Bury, it operated continuously as an independent charity, until the merger with BuryILD in January 2013 to form Contact Leisure Division.
The core aim of Contact is has always been to provide a network of small leisure groups for adults with learning disabilities.
From the late 1980’s, Contact relied substantially on core funding from Bury Council. However this funding ended in 2010 due to local government cuts. From 2010 onwards, Contact has obtained income from various grants and fundraising to meet its yearly costs. There is an on-going challenge to raise enough funds each year to allow Contact to continue with the level of services provided.