Our Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below a selection of frequently asked questions about OJ’s events which we provide for children and young adults who have autism, associated disorders or learning difficulties.

If you are unable to find the information you require please contact us via our contact form or contact details which are located on the home page.

Can siblings attend?
Yes, siblings can attend and are very welcome. All our events are for the whole family.

Can we bring our own food?
Yes, we understand that many of our children have their own strict preferences when it comes to food. There is a microwave available if you need to heat up any of your own food.

Is there food or drink available for me to buy?
We do provide a tuck shop in the main building where you sign in, with hot and cold drinks and a limited selection of tuck shop treats on offer, such as chocolate, small biscuits, Pringles.

What activities are available?
We provide safe indoor and outdoor areas for activities that are exclusively for OJ’s families. The general public has no access to any of our services.

At the Family Club (on Saturdays and mid-week during the school holidays) we have a selection of individual rooms with a range of activities on offer eg. sensory rooms, general toys, quiet areas, sensory toys, music room, exercise balls, bubbles, colouring, etc. You are welcome to move around all areas at your leisure with your child/ren.

There are many safe outdoor areas where you can enjoy general running around and playing, exercise equipment, climbing frames, a low rope course, safe walled garden area, swings, lots of outdoor play equipment, ground-level trampoline, wobble boards, large playground area.

Children are the responsibility of parents and carers at all times.

Our mid-week adult sessions include a warm-up, Mega Move To Music, cool down and we finish with fun songs and dance. Please see our dedicated page for this session.

What age does my child have to be?
We have different age groups attend and at the moment it is more children and young adults. If what we provide is right for your family member or child who has autism, associated disorders or learning difficulties then you are very welcome to come along and give us a go! Please just bear in mind that we do have younger ones attending as the whole family are welcome.

I am a carer, can I bring the child I look after?
Yes, absolutely. We are a safe place you can attend and we have PAs who work on the Direct Payment system for families, who attend with the child they are looking after.

We are a care agency, can we use your services?
Yes, that is fine. Again, we are a safe place you can attend with children who your carers are looking after.

I don’t live in Longridge or surrounding areas, can I still use your services?
Yes you can. If what we offer is right for your child or family member who has autism, associated disorders or learning difficulties then regardless of where you live, you are welcome to attend. If we can help you, we will be happy to see you at OJ’s.

If you have any further questions, please visit our contact page to get in touch.