Service Details

Venue Address

Address 1
Woodside Road
South Gloucestershire
BS15 8DG

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About the Service

About the Organisation

Woodside is for children who have vision impairment, hearing impairment, multi sensory loss, have deaf/blindness and/or complex needs. We support the families and offer a facility that is specially designed to stimulate the senses in a variety of learning situations. We offer friendship, support, outings, courses, toy library and fun all year round.

We have:

- An Activity room - This provides a tailor-made environment offering many ways to stimulate the senses to motivate children to play, explore and learn.
- A Creche - This is where families come together to sing and play during our weekly sessions. There is also a large assortment of toys and activities for making music, story and picture books to share, messy fun in the sand and water tray, plus dressing up or pretending in the home and shop corners.
- Parent Room and Toy Library - This is a relaxing area for families to sit around and have a chat. We also have many sensory toys for parents to borrow. The toys in the library are jointly owned by Sense Avon Parents Resource, Look West and the Woodside Family Centre.
- A Sensory room - Our special sensory (Snoezelen) room is a relaxing environment in which children and their parents can enjoy discovering new sensory experiences. There are high levels of visual contrast in the room and it can be set up to offer just one light source at a time which encourages the use of vision. Similarly, children with a hearing loss are encouraged to vocalise by using light sources that move in response to sounds. We also have a Soundbed which transfers music to vibration.

We hold a weekly pre-school group for deafblind / multi-sensory impaired children and their parents / carers and siblings, called Twiglets.The group runs every week on Fridays between 10.30am and 2pm.

There is a weekly drop-in group for pre-school children – Woodpeckers - which runs every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm.
There is also a Saturday Club which is run by parents on the first and third Saturday of every month.

The Children’s Specialist Service team run several Family Days each year, at a range of venues. View a list of all our Family Days.

Woodside Family Centre is also used as a base for us to conduct holistic assessments.

Opening Times
MondayFrom 09:00To 17:00
TuesdayFrom 09:00To 17:00
WednesdayFrom 09:00To 17:00
ThursdayFrom 09:00To 17:00
FridayFrom 09:00To 17:00
How do people access your service?
They can drop in They need a referral

Service Details


Cost: Free to Sense members, non members £3 per child.

Type Of Service
Activity Provider Friendships, Relationships and Community
We support the following age groups:
0-5 Years 5-11 Years 11-14 Years 14-25 Years
Who can use your service?

Infants, Children, Adolescents, Young adults, Adults.
If you think your child, or a child you are working with, could benefit from the specialist support provided at the Woodside Family Centre, please contact us. One of our team will call you to tell you more about what we do and how that might help your deafblind child.

Inclusive Services

Additional and Special Educational Needs

Conditions we support
Hearing Impairment Visual Impairment


Physical Environment Accessibility

Is there accessible parking on site?
Is there a pedestrian route?
Is it smooth and with dropped kerbs?
Are doors 900mm or more wide, with flat thresholds?
Do you have external ramps?
Do you have a lobby / porch area?
Can wheelchair users clear the outer door prior to opening the inner?
Are there interior automatic doors?
Are there wide unobstructed corridors (minimum 1200mm)?
Do you have a lift for wheelchair users?
Do you have internal ramps?
Do you have internal steps?
Do you have a visual / flashing fire alarm?
Do you have accessible toilets?
Do you have an accessible changing room with a changing bed and a hoist?
Do you have an induction loop and / or radio mikes?
Do you have a quiet room or a quiet area?
Do you have an outdoors play area?
Is this safe and enclosed?
Are the outdoor areas well lit (for evening activities)?
Do you have a soft play area?
Do you have a sensory room or area?