Welcome to the kayaks!


Kayaks Parent and Carer Covid guidelines – welcome back.


Please read and follow the changes to our sessions while the covid epidemic is ongoing.

Sessions remain at the usual time of 1-4 and same price of £2 per child.

The entrance to the building has changed from the main entrance to the café entrance.
There will be a staff member ready to greet you, temperatures may be taken with a temp gun.
The childcare room is unavailable to use for the minute until told otherwise, Parents/carers will be told where to go after entering the building.
Please sanitise on arrival and throughout your visit.
There will be 30 people to one room at a time, please follow the staffs’ directions if asked at any time.
Please be advised the sports hall floor has just been resurfaced. Sensible shoes needed, no heels.
Forms will need to be filled in on arrival and handed to Anne Yorston (a committee member) a track and trace register will be on the door. I know we’re all familiar with that by now.
Please after signing in, move on from the reception area to keep it as clear as possible.
Masks or face coverings are required unless exempt. If anyone needs a mask or visor this can be provided on request, visors are to be returned at the end of the session to be sanitised.
There are 6 to a table only, families or family bubbles. Alcohol wipes and hand sanitiser will be provided for each parent/carer to use. Please make use of the alcohol wipes to sanitise equipment after you have finished using it ready for the next table occupier. 
There will be staff available with a spray bottle to clean all touchpoints for the duration of the session. Cleaning stations will be set up, please do not allow your child to pick up the spray bottles.
We are all aware of the social distancing rules, these will be applied inside Mortimer also.
Hand sanitisers will be available to use but obviously nothing beats handwashing. There are signs on the toilet doors indicating how many are allowed in at once.
The exit to the yard will be the double doors in the corridor opposite the toilet block.
Mortimer is a  no smoking  site. Please respect this.
The behaviour policy is on the notice board. All parents/carers to keep a close eye on their children, especially at this time. Mortimer is a big play area and extra vigilance needs to be made. Please treat other members with respect, Please do not bring your child if they are ill. Alongside the usual illness, don’t bring them or indeed if any members of the family have a cough, high temp or loss of smell. Any concerns please speak to a member of staff.

We appreciate your help in making these sessions as comfortable and safe as possible during this time. If there is anything that you would like to discuss personally, please speak to a committee member (black tee shirts-gold lettering).

Thank you all and once again, welcome back.


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South Tyneside’s Kids And Young Adults Klub - 

Special needs support group or The KAYAKS as we prefer 

to be known, is a weekend, voluntary run support group 

provided by a dedicated team of volunteers. 

We are an independent group who rely on donations and 

sponsors to provide a wide range of fun and recreational 

activities for special needs children, teenagers and young 

adults. While providing practical help, support and advice 

from personal experience on “special needs” related 

subjects for parents and carers.


Family fun every Saturday!

Advocating Change

Saturday 1.00pm - 4.00pm Mortimer Community College, Reading Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear NE33 4UG.

We do not charge a fee to attend KAYAKS. However

Mortimer C/A do charge a small fee of £2 per child to use the

centre, this is in no way associated  with KAYAKS.

KAYAKS is open to parents and carers who have a child or children

with special needs/disabilities as well as their siblings,

Children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. 

We are open to families from all over the North East of England.

For kids and young adults

  • Go karts

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Trampoling (Supervised by Fully trained instructor)

  • Go karts

  • Outdoor equipment

  • Wall Climbing

  • Sensory room

  • Football

  • Bouncy Castle

  • Residential Weekends

  • Group excursions

For parents and carers

  • Friendship

  • Practical Advice, guidance, information & support from personal experience on "special education/disabilities and needs

  • Representation at meetings

KAYAKS are shortlisted (finalists) for community champions award in the Best of South Tyneside awards. What an honour it is to be shortlisted this year 2021. I know how hard the team work to make sure we provide the very best support for children with special needs/disabilities and their families, how exciting!!




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