Activities for People with Disabilities in the UK

Having a disability does not mean that you cannot go out and enjoy some different activities. With a little bit of planning, you can enjoy many different types of activities around the UK, with many of them being free or at a very low cost.

Learning Disabilities


People who are living with learning disabilities often have a hard time expressing their creative side. Without being shown how to do an activity or allowed to try different expressive activities, many people with these types of disabilities can feel frustrated. The need for expression is present in everyone.

There are many community-based programs that allow you to enjoy arts and crafts for free or for a small fee. Many of these programs are made to accommodate those with disabilities. These are great places to help your loved one learn how to express themselves through art.  As a bonus, they may also be able to make some friends or just socialize while they are at the classes.

Limited Mobility Disabilities

There are many national and historical places that you can visit for free or at little cost that are accommodating to those with mobility disabilities. You can get out and explore the many wonders around you that you may not have known were even there.

Another great opportunity for those who have mobility disabilities are clubs that are held at the local library. The library is designed to accommodate those with mobility limitations.  So entering and getting about will not be an issue. Many clubs hold meetings there or they have classes to teach different hobbies or crafts. As a bonus, nearly all events at the library are free.

All Disabilities


Music calms the soul. At least that is what they say. You can find a variety of different musical events around cities that are a great way to spend the afternoon or evening. Broaden your world by visiting different types of music so that you can experience more than what you are used to listening to regularly. Many of these music events are free, and most are in places that accommodate those with disabilities.

Sporting events can also be a fun thing to watch or participate in for an afternoon. Many sports now have versions that are disability-friendly, and many play areas have been converted to accommodate disabilities. Even if you want to be a spectator, an afternoon out in the fresh air is always good for you to enjoy.

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).