Providing sports, leisure & social opportunities for children and young people with disabilities living in Durham and the surrounding areas


Where we started

Durham Area Disability Leisure Group began with a group of parents disappointed by the lack of sporting and social opportunities for their children. Between them they organised several events and were amazed at the response from parents in similar situations.

Fast forward a few years and this small group went on to employ part-time staff to help  develop the group and provide even more events and activities for children and young people with disabilities to enjoy and have fun.

Where are we now

Durham Area Disability & Leisure Group is now a thriving registered charity with a growing membership base. It is powered by a small team of dedicated volunteers and staff who give up considerable time and expertise to ensure that the charity runs smoothly and continues to offer great value and opportunities to its members.

DADLG raises funds via events and the generous support of both local and national businesses and organisations. It is also occasionally the beneficiary of funds raised by members and their friends, family and employers and is the chosen provider for county-wide universal short breaks for Durham County Council.

30 years on and still going strong…

Our aims

‘To provide sports, leisure and social opportunities for children and young people with disabilities living within Durham and surrounding areas.’

DADLG have a fundamental belief that leisure is an important part every young person’s life and is vital to the process of human development. It provides a mechanism for individuals to explore the world around them and a medium through which skills are developed and practiced.

Disabled children and their families can find it difficult to access everyday activities and so DADLG provides a structured and supportive environment where everyone can get involved and try new things no matter what their difficulties.  DADLG events and activities offer a multitude of tangible benefits that reach far beyond the scope of simply having fun (although that’s allowed too!). The success of this strategy is evident in the growing numbers of families that seek out or are signposted to DADLG each year.