In Dudley there many useful places of interest and important things to consider when thinking about how to entertain or support your child. Sometimes looking for suitable environments to take your child can be quite daunting when you many things to think about in relation to your child’s needs. Here we have some useful information to help you find the support you require or places of interest for you and your child.
Firstly there are some schemes and offers to help you make going out more affordable for you and your child. Here is some of the provisions available
Options+ is a discount scheme that makes leisure activities in Dudley affordable for everyone. It offers significant savings to residents and non residents. Click Info below to learn more
What do I get?
- Public swimming and swimming lessons, Lifestyles gyms including induction, fitness classes (facility run) badminton, squash, table tennis and racketball, coaching courses, four day advance booking for selected activities. A 50% discount is also available when using the running track at the Dell Stadium
With Options+ you could also save 50% on the following:
- Tickets for a selection of live entertainment at Dudley Town Hall and Stourbridge Town Hall
- Admission to selected events at Himley Hall such as the Himley bonfire and under fives fun day
- CD and DVD hire at Dudley Libraries
Am I eligible to join?
You don’t have to live in the Dudley borough to benefit from Options+. If you fit into one of the concessionary groups listed below you can apply for the scheme, just remember you’ll need one of the eligibility proofs listed for your category.
Make note: In addition, the dependants of cardholders (partner, spouse and children under 16 years living at the same address) are eligible to join the scheme. Please note exclusions apply.
How long does the membership last?
The membership last 12 months, after which customers will need to renew.
Can I use my membership straight away?
How do I apply?
You can apply by calling into any of the leisure centres listed below during normal opening hours:
- Click on the Options+ Leisure Card Application Form (printable version), fill out and print off.Please note that the Options+ Application form produces a PDF to be printed and returned and that the PDF will not load if you are using a pop-up blocker – you may need to allow pop-ups for dudley.firmstep.com
- You will need to bring with you proof of address (i.e. a recent utility bill with your name and address)
- You will need to bring with you proof of eligibility.
Please note that photographs will be taken of you at the leisure centre that issues your card, therefore everyone applying for a card (including dependants) must appear in person.
Do not post the form as it as photographs need to be taken at the time of application.
Will my partner/children be eligible?
Dependants of the main applicant will be eligible under all categories except for full time students, modern apprentices and Armed Forces Veteran. Dependant children must be under 16.
Please complete the application form and bring it in to one of the leisure centres, together with associated documents, .
Please note that everyone applying for a card, including dependants, must appear in person to apply.
How much will it cost?
Adults £5 and Under 16’s £2.50 to join.
Where can I join?
You can join at any of the following leisure centres:
What is a Dudley Targeted Postcode?
These neighbourhoods have been classified as areas of deprivation within the borough. Those applicants whose postcode is in one of these areas will be eligible to Options+.
What is the Carers Network?
Social Services have a Dudley Carers Network for carers who provide care and support to a family member or friend who has a long term illness or disability. Those listed on the Carers network are eligible to the Options+ scheme.
Can I apply even if I live outside the borough?
Yes, for all categories except Child in Residential Care, Dudley Targeted Postcode and Carers Network.
Dependants of the main applicant will be eligible under all categories except for Full Time Students, Modern Apprentices and Armed Forces Veteran. Dependant children must be under 16.
Name Membership Advisor, Sport & Leisure Services
Telephone 01384 812924
UK Cinema Association CEA Card
The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed by the UK Cinema Association for UK cinemas.
The scheme was introduced in 2004 and is one of the ways for participating cinemas to ensure they provide a consistent voluntary approach to making reasonable adjustments for disabled guests when they go to the cinema. Around 90 per cent of UK cinemas are supporting the scheme from the large national chains to smaller independent operators.
Under the disability provisions of the Equality Act 2010, cinema operators have obligations to make reasonable adjustments in order to facilitate disabled people going to the cinema. For disabled people, this may mean a carer might be needed to assist them.
To apply for the Card, you will need to meet one or both of the following criteria:
- Be in receipt of the disability living allowance, attendance allowance or Personal Independence Payment;
- Be a registered blind person.
Full details of criteria and the initiative can be found in the CEA Card website FAQs.
Enquires about the CEA card:
If you have any questions relating to the Card, please:
Call The Card Network enquiry line: 01244 526 016 or
Read their Frequently Asked Questions.