Leisure & Learning


Leisure and Learning

Meet new people, try new experiences and learn new skills.

Community Opportunities project (COPs) is a service providing social and leisure opportunities for people aged 16 and over with learning disabilities and/or autism. We offer a wide range of activities, so no matter your interests there is something for you.

This is a monthly programme of community-based social, cultural and educational activities. We regularly run the following activities inclusive to all, plus many more over the year.


  • Pub visits
  • Afternoon tea/ tea dance
  • Day trips such as Thorpe Park, Brighton
  • Quiz nights


  • Theatre trips, recent trips include Wicked and Mamma Mia
  • Museum visits
  • Cultural evenings
  • Exhibitions


  • E-safety courses
  • Relationship & Sexual Health courses
  • Health workshop, e.g. Dental Hygiene & Cancer-screening
  • Wellbeing and Keep Calm & Sing workshops
  • History Series: Barnet through the Eras

The Fit2gether project gives you lots of chances to try new sports and physical activities whilst having fun and making friends. It is very important for us to do some physical activity each week as this keeps us fit and healthy and can boost our mood. All activities can be done at your own pace!

Activities are rotated throughout the year depending on the season and instructor availability. Activities include Zumba, Martial Arts, Yoga, Sailing, Golf, Badminton, Latin American dancing and Swimming Sessions.

View a short video on the service.

Over 50s
This group is for people aged 50 and over. We have a regular Art Group that has produced artwork which has been displayed at exhibitions, won awards and made into greetings cards.
We also host a monthly supper club where the members get to socialise with friends, have a meal and take part in games.

How do I join?

If you would like more details or would like to join email Project Support on projectsupport@barnetmencap.org.uk or call 0208 349 3842.  They will arrange for one of the COPs team to meet with you and talk about COPS and/or Fit2gether. If you decide you would like to join, you can take (or send) the completed application form and the payment to the office. Details of activities will then be sent to you every month.

Social Support
A 1:1 worker can support you or your family member to activities of your choice such as cinema trips, theatre visits and spa stays. An hourly fee applies, please contact Project Support on projectsupport@barnetmencap.org.uk or call 020 8349 3842  for more information.

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