Family Drop-in

Covid-19 Update 2: Family Drop-in returns

  • Breaking News: Our Swimming Programme is now re-starting. At this stage places are limited and have already been allocated.
  • Our Family Drop-in continues, but the sessions will look a little different to pre-COVID-19
  • Our SALT programme continues to run un-interrupted
  • Our Sensory Music programme has temporarily joined the Family Drop-in, while we gear up for it’s return

We thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Please continue to watch this website and our Facebook pages for further updates.

COVID-19 and Variant Precautions

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (and its variants) pandemic, we ask that you do NOT attend this event if you feel unwell. If you can, please take a Lateral Flow test before coming and don’t attend if the result is positive – even if you feel well. If in doubt, test or stay away. Thank you.

Our Drop-ins

The Family Drop-in meets once a month (almost always the 2nd Saturday of each month). Each session is open to ALL families with children with special needs. Our Drop-In is a chance for the family to relax and play in a welcoming, non-judgemental atmosphere. Parents get the chance to chat with other parents, make new friends and share experiences. For children we have plenty of sensory toys and equipment, plus Arts and Crafts, ending the afternoon with a music session.


As part of the drop-in, we offer an informational stand that contains more information about the various services we offer as well as information about other groups and services.

We also occasionally have a visiting professional or visitor from another support service who is announced ahead of time (see individual calendar entry) so that you can prepare any questions you might have.

Arts and Crafts

We have an arts and crafts table, staffed by dedicated volunteers who assist the children with their creativity. Each month, the arts and crafts table is focused on a “make & create” theme that is usually based on the season, just before Mother’s Day, we made 3d Mother’s Day cards and tissue paper flowers! Safety is paramount at the arts and craft table, with all equipment being of the safety variety and any glues are non-toxic. The arts and crafts table isn’t just for children with extra needs, it’s proving to be very popular with siblings too!

Lending Library

Our lending library has a wide variety of books on offer, bought with a generous grant from Tesco’s Community Fund. Various diagnoses and conditions are covered, as well as one or two books that are aimed at the young person or their siblings to help them understand. There is also an iPad available – only for use at the Drop-in, which contains a variety of applications and games.

Play Equipment

At the drop-in, we feature a range of play equipment, purchased with a grant for £9,625 from the National Lottery’s Awards for All scheme Fund. These items include specialist trikes, a soft play train, a trampoline, a large ball pit and lots of crash mats! There are other toys on the crash mats including the colourful step leading up into and away from the ball pit and smaller toys.

Chilled Zone

In the main hall is the book and dressing up corner, which features a host of reading material for all abilities, a dressing up box containing dressing up items and uniforms for both girls and boys and the award-winning “story phones” – robust wire-free mp3 players for little ears, equipped with various stories and nursery rhymes.

All of these are surrounded by a host of cushions and beanbags, ideal for quiet reading or listening to a story.

Baby Corner

Many thanks go to the Seaford Martello Rotary Club, who have helped us start our Baby Corner. We aim to increase the equipment and facilities as time goes on to include more suitable toys for our youngest members in a sectioned off area that is safe from the larger members!

Gaming Corner

Gaming corner is popular with quieter children and siblings, with Dance Party being a huge hit with all ages, the added bonus is that no controllers are required and up to six children can play at any one time.

Sensory Music

Each month, towards the end of the drop-in, is music time. This enables the volunteers to quietly start to pack up the drop-in session, whilst keeping the children focused on a fun activity. The actual music activity varies, with regular visits from Ruth Whitelaw and member parent Kevin Tant (whom some of you may know).


The Mercread Center is on Mercread Road, where there isn’t any parking. Instead, head for one of the town’s car parks or for Cornfield Close (shown on the map below), (A259 to Highlands Road, then as close to Cornfield Close as you can) where there is plenty of parking. At the end of Cornfield Close is an alleyway that will bring you out directly opposite the Mecread Centre (You can see the alleyway if you examine the map below carefully).

Next Family Drop-in

  • July 9, 2022  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Mercread Youth Centre, Mercread Rd, Seaford, East Sussex BN25 1AB, United Kingdom

    At the Drop-in this month, we have the 

    • Lending Library
    • Arts and crafts table (2:00 - 2:45pm)  
    • Music time with Ruth Whitelaw (3:30 - 4:00pm)
    • Kicks Count recycling box - don't forget to bring your recyclables (no coffee pods pls.)

    (please note these details are subject to change - for more up to date information, please contact a member of staff, and/or our facebook page

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