Hobby Ideas for Disabled People

Having a disability does not mean that you have to lead a boring life. In fact, having a disability may even give you an opportunity to try things that you may have never tried. Limited mobility or decreased strength may allow you to finally try that hobby you were always interested in but never had time for in the past. 


Different Hobbies and Their Benefits 


Puzzles – Any Kind 


It may seem a little boring or too quiet to sit and put a puzzle together, but it does not have to be that way. Buying or borrowing a large puzzle gives you the perfect opportunity to invite someone over for a visit. Socializing is good for your health, and building a puzzle is good for cognitive skills.  


Get Crafty 


Learn a new craft. Ever want to try watercolors? Have you always wanted to knit a duvet cover? Do you like to design jewelry? Why not carve something or build a model? There are many different crafts you can learn or master when you are looking for a hobby. Many people do not start a hobby until they have retired.  You’ll be ahead of the game! 

Try A Sport 


Yes, there are many different sports that you can try when you have limited mobility. Many clubs are now offering wheelchair versions of some of their sports, including games like lawn bowling.  Do some research, and get involved in a sport! 


Trace Your Family Tree 


Genealogy is a fascinating hobby that can help you learn about your family through the ages. The Internet has become a wonderful resource of information, and many councils have library sections dedicated to local family histories that you can research and enjoy.  




Craft beer has become one of the biggest industries in the world as everyone strives to create the right tasting ale. You can start home brewing with a very basic kit at low cost and soon master how to handcraft different beers. If you’re not a beer fan, you can also learn how to make wines and champagne. 




Everyone loves a good biscuit or cake with their tea, so why not pull out your grandmum’s old cookbook and learn how to master her recipes? You and your friends will enjoy the results of this hobby. 


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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).