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. The project is part of our Bright Futures service. We offer two programmes - Springboard and Fit2gether:

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
  • Meals out
  • Afternoon tea
  • Bingo
  • Arts and Crafts sessions
  • Day trips such as Thorpe Park, Brighton
  • Quiz nights


  • Theatre trips
  • Museum visits
  • Cultural evenings
  • Exhibitions


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

To view a recent past flyer, please click here.

Fixation Dance and Drama

Whilst our Curtains Up and Showdown dance and drama groups aren't running at Finchley Youth Centre at the moment, they are offering online sessions instead. The first session, starting on Monday 27th April, is FREE, and from then on it will be £4. Showdown is 1-2pm and Curtains Up is 5-6pm. To sign up, book now and complete the first page of the signup form.

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 have recently included Zumba, Martial Arts, Yoga, Football, Sailing, Golf, Badminton and Swimming Sessions.

View a short video on the service.

To view a recent flyer from the Fit2gether project, please click here.

Dance and Drama

Whilst our Curtains Up and Showdown dance and drama groups aren't running at Finchley Youth Centre at the moment due to Covid-19, they are offering some online Easter Masterclasses! These are a great way to stay active in your own living room, from professional actors and teachers including musical theatre workshops from the West End's Jodie Steele. All Barnet Mencap service users can get a 20% discount for Week 2 by clicking here and using the code 'FixBarnetMencap'.

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 020 8349 3842

They will arrange for one of the COPs team to meet with you and talk about Springboard and/or Fit2gether. You can choose to join one or both programmes. 

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.

There is a membership fee to pay (which decreases over the course of the year) and your membership would need to be renewed every year. Please note that as well as free activities, some of our activities do incur a small cost.  This amount depends on the activity and is separate from the membership fee.

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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