Happy Hands Afterschool club
What is Happy Hands?
Happy Hands After School Club is one of our social development programmes for primary age children diagnosed with autism, who have language and intellectual difficulties.
We have a high ratio of staff to children and use a range of tools in a social and play setting. Just click on the links below for more information on the tools and techniques we use...
Around 8 children attend per session. Our activities include arts , one-to-one educational games (learning how to tie my shoes, matching, social cooperation games etc), gardening and sports. We also have regular visitors including Libraries NI, Open Arts, Live NI, wildlife sanctuaries and the Cats Protection society.
In 2018 we added our own polytunnel and sensory playground to our site, meaning the children can do gardening and play in the comfort of the Sólás premises.
Why is the programme needed?
The club gives primary-age children with ASD the opportunity to socialise and integrate with their peers outside of school in a safe and supportive environment. It also provides parents with a few hours respite for an afternoon or two per week.
When do we run the programme?
The programme runs five afternoons each week during term time. This programme does not run during July/August. Instead we run a summer scheme for children with Autism.
Where is it located?
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 1.30 - 4.30pm at Donegall Pass Community Centre &
Monday to Friday 2.45 - 5.45pm at our premises at 284a Ormeau Road, Belfast and Rosario centre, Ormeau road.
For child space enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call the office on the number below.
If you are interested in volunteering on any of our 'Happy Hands' afterschool clubs please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Jeanne via for an application form.
What our parents say...
John, afternoon club parent “Thanks for everything guys, would be lost without you!”
Belinda, afternoon club parent “My son enjoys after-school club so much, the staff are great at it. He had great fun with the musical pads especially. Thanks for all your help and support”.