Local links –

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Learning Disabilities

Advocacy for Croydon – Community Learning Disability Advocacy (non-statutory)
Community advocacy for people with a learning disability
telephone 0345 310 1812 (option 1)


Club Soda
Club Soda create opportunities for people with learning disabilities to be happy and social, creative and productive
telephone 07309 750 283


Croydon Adult Learning and Training (CALAT)
ALDD (Adults with Learning Difficulties or Disabilities)
Do you have a learning difficulty and/or a disability? CALAT have an exciting range of courses for you to help you to gain qualifications, develop English and Maths skills and enjoy yourself. Learn new skills, make new friends, get fitter and move towards independence and employment.
telephone 020 8726 7777 (option 3 then option 2)
email calat@croydon.gov.uk


Croydon Council Active Lives
day and evening support opportunities for adults with: learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism
email ActiveLivesReferrals@croydon.gov.uk


Croydon Joint Community Learning Disability Team
An integrated health and social care team providing specialist health support to people (over 18 years old) with learning disabilities
Service Contact: ch-tr.learningdis@nhs.net
Reception phone number: 020 8726 6500 ext 61086
LeafletThe Croydon Joint Community Learning Disability Team


Croydon Learning Disability Partnership
The Croydon Learning Disability Partnership leads on the development of services for people in Croydon with learning disabilities.
email LDPartnership@croydon.gov.uk


Croydon People First
local people with learning disabilities, supporting each other
email info@croydonpeoplefirst.org.uk


Down With It!!! Down Syndrome support group Croydon
Down With It!!! Down Syndrome support group, for families, carers, and individuals with Down syndrome, or with a prenatal diagnosis, living in Croydon.
email downwithitcroydon@gmail.com


Drunken Chorus
Drunken Chorus creates cultural experiences for audiences, participants and artists, with a focus on access, equality and artist support
email info@drunkenchorus.co.uk


Gig Buddies Croydon
Gig Buddies matches adults with learning disabilities to volunteers who have similar interests, to go to events together that they both love.
email info@gigbuddiescroydon.co.uk


Leisure Link
A group for people with learning disabilities and supporters who meet once a month to talk about things they have done and things they are looking forward to. Members produce a monthly newsletter about what is going on in Croydon that is inclusive and accessible.
telephone Evie on 07988 189 859
email evie@gigbuddiescroydon.co.uk


Mental Health in Learning Disabilities (Croydon)
a specialist, community-based service based at Bethlem Royal Hospital. Providing outpatient and community assessment, inpatient liaison, advice and treatment for people, aged over 18, who have learning disabilities together with mental health problems and live in Croydon.
email MHLDCroydon@slam.nhs.uk


Malookoo dance fitness
Malookoo provides dance fitness classes for people with learning disabilities and anyone that enjoys dancing in the Surrey and South London area


MOSS at Turf
The Makers of Stuff Squad (MOSS) and Turf Projects have been working together since June 2014. MOSS are a collective of learning disabled adult artists from in and around Croydon. Turf provide regular workshops for the artists on Friday afternoons to support their own artistic practices and work on collaborative projects.
email jhinuk@turf-projects.com
telephone 020 3251 0108


SAVVY Theatre Company
SAVVY Theatre are committed to developing innovative, ensemble-based projects that engage with young people and local communities, where everyone is welcomed and involved regardless of their ability or disability, advantage or disadvantage.
telephone 07391 997 030
email admin@savvytheatre.co.uk


SLiDE Dance
A leading inclusive dance company based in Croydon. Projects and classes uniting people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds through creative dance.
email info@slidedance.org
telephone 07887 781361


Willow Learning for Life Facebook
for learning, for life, for adults with learning disabilities
email office@willowlearningforlife.org
also run Croydon Knights a football club for people with learning disabilities

Unicorn Projects – Action Zone
Action Zone provides day centre services for people with learning disabilities and associated mental health problems including people with autism.


Other local links

African Youth Development Association (AYDA) Centre
AYDA supports the development of all young people, including those with special educational needs and their families, through training and support activities.
telephone 020 8688 6000
email admin@aydacentre.org


Age UK Croydon
Age UK Croydon services for older people and their carers living in Croydon.
telephone 020 8686 0066
email aukc@ageukcroydon.org.uk
also run Advice Services Croydon (ASC) Directory a database of services provided both the statutory and voluntary sectors.


Asian Resource Centre of Croydon (ARCC)
Bringing together Asian Communities & Businesses. Supporting, developing and promoting voluntary/community activity that enhances the quality of life in Croydon.
telephone 020 8684 3784
email info@arccltd.com


A small charity creating exciting opportunities for growth, learning and work for young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions.
telephone 07432 300287
email info@autus.org.uk


Better Working Futures (employment support)
Better Working Futures is Reed in Partnership’s name for the Work and Health Programme. The service gives people who face additional barriers to finding work the best support available. It is part of a wider package of support for jobseekers and people with disabilities and health conditions.
telephone David Oladele 020 3910 2570
email david.oladele@reed.com


Carers Information Service
Information, advice and support for carers in Croydon, including

  • carer’s assessments for carers of an adult resident in Croydon
  • publications for carers and professionals
  • quarterly newsletter and regular e-bulletin
  • advice surgeries, workshops and events
  • emergency carers cards, radar keys

email enquiries@carersinfo.org.uk
telephone 020 8649 9339, option 1


Croydon BME (black & minority ethnic) Forum
Umbrella organisation for Croydon’s Black and Minority Ethnic voluntary and community sector; engaging people, building capacity, and promoting equality and cohesion. Services include a wellness centre and community directory.
telephone 020 8684 3719
email info@bmeforum.org


cdi (croydon drop in)
cdi is a charitable organisation that supports young people aged 11 to 25 years old and families who live, work or study in the London borough of Croydon.
telephone 020 8680 0404
email enquiries@croydondropin.org.uk


Children and Young Persons (CYP) Gardening Project
A charity based in the borough of Croydon. The project’s aim is to promote the overall wellbeing of children and young people including those with SEN.
telephone 07873 785 852
email office@cypgardeningproject.org


Croydon Commitment
A well-established charity, helping Croydon businesses to achieve the best value and impact from business corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities to benefit local people and the environment.
Telephone 020 8774 3680


Croydon Council – Adult Support Croydon
Croydon’s new online e-commerce platform, where individuals looking for services in Croydon, will be able to search, choose or book, health, wellbeing and social care services.
Adult to Support Croydon features

  • Information and advice section
  • Services and activities section
  • PA register (list of Personal Assistants working in Croydon)
  • An e-marketplace, where you can find and access services and activities within Croydon


Croydon Council – Children with Disabilities Team
support for children and young people aged 0-18 years who have a permanent and substantial disability, and their families.
telephone 020 8726 6400


Croydon Council – Disability register and access card (for ages 18 and under)
Croydon Council have partnered with Nimbus Disability to offer a discount card to all children and young people on their disability register.


Croydon Council – Disability Youth Project
Sessions include such things as sports, games, consoles, cooking, arts and crafts, sensory activities, music. Unable to take new referrals at present.
email paul.funnell@croydon.gov.uk
telephone 07990790183


Croydon Council – Inclusive Sports, RAP sports courses
Courses are for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years, with disabilities and additional needs.
telephone 020 8760 5592
email SDO@croydon.gov.uk


Croydon Council – Independent travel training (ITT)
A crucial life skill that gives young people and adults with special educational needs and/or disabilities the skills and confidence they need to travel independently to schools colleges and community activities.
telephone 020 86047578
email traveltraining@croydon.gov.uk


Croydon Council – Local Offer
Activities, information and services for those with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
email localoffer@croydon.gov.uk


Croydon Council – Sensory Impairment Team
Support for visually impaired, deaf and deafblind people.
email sensory.impairment@croydon.gov.uk


Croydon Hearing
Voluntary support service for the hearing impaired
email enquiry@croydonhearing.org.uk
telephone 020 8686 0049


Croydon Neighbourhood Care Association (CNCA)
A membership of groups across Croydon; all of whom provide essential support services for the over 65s. Also runs befriending service providing home visits to frail, elderly, housebound people with complex needs and often a dementia diagnosis, and a volunteer run telephone befriending service.
email info@cnca.org.uk
telephone 020 8662 1000
Befriending Line 020 8654 4440


Croydon SENDIASS (SEND Information Advice and Support Service)
Free, confidential, and impartial service for parents and carers, children and young people (up to 25 years). Support with Education, Health and Care Plans. Young people 16 and over can access the service in their own right or with support of parents.
telephone: 020 8663 5630 / 5631
email croydon@kids.org.uk
Croydon Sickle Cell & Thalassemia Support Group
email cscatsg@outlook.com
telephone 020 8251 7259
mobile 07305 953 422


Croydon Vision
Encourage independence, confidence and personal development among the blind and partially sighted community of Croydon.
telephone 020 8688 2486
email info@CroydonVision.org.uk


Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA)
A membership organisation providing leadership and support to groups, residents and communities in Croydon
telephone 020 8253 7060
email cva@cvalive.org.uk
For Volunteer Centre enquiries call 020 8253 7070 or email volunteer@cvalive.org.uk
also run Simply Connect Croydon – connecting you to your local community
Find out about the services in your local area and get involved in local activities
email connectwellcroydon@cvalive.org.uk
telephone 020 8253 7070


Disability Tennis Sessions – Purley Bury Tennis Club
Tennis coaching sessions run by LTA qualified tennis coaches assisted by volunteers from the tennis club.
telephone Head Coach Mark Love on 07761 602014.
email mail@purleyburytennisclub.net


Garwood Foundation
The objects of the charity are to promote the care, welfare, interest, treatment and advancement of education of adults and children having cerebral palsy and other profound, multiple, acquired or other disabilities, particularly those living in the London Boroughs of Croydon, Sutton and Bromley.
email lee.bennett@garwoodfoundation.org.uk
telephone 020 8688 7560


Good Food Matters (New Addington)
Their mission is to enable everyone to cook and grow nutritious, balanced meals – making a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the community
Telephone 01689 487605 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)


Home-Start Croydon
A voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least 1 child under 5 years of age. Recruiting and training volunteers, who are usually parents themselves, to visit families at home, offering them informal, confidential and friendly support.
email contact@croydon-homestart.co.uk
telephone 020 8667 0207


Imagine Independence – Croydon
Mental health befriending and peer support services
Leaflet User-Led Groups
Leaflet Mentoring and Befriending
telephone 020 8253 7069 or 020 8253 7078


Inaspectrum: Support group
Self-help peer support group that aims to encourage autistic adults to realise their abilities, hopes and dreams.
Contact Paul, telephone 07900 990 292 email inaspectrum@hotmail.com


Mind in Croydon
Mental health services in Croydon including social clubs, advocacy, counselling, employment support, carer support, benefits advice.
telephone 020 8668 2210
email admin@mindincroydon.org.uk
also run Mind in Croydon Guide to Mental Health Service’s directory


Oxygen Freejumping – Croydon Peaceful Play
Trampolining – autism and disability friendly
email cst@oxygenfreejumping.co.uk
telephone 0333 200 0349


Palace for Life Foundation – Disability Sport
Supporting people of all ages living with a disability, including the delivery of Down’s syndrome, powerchair, vision impairment and mental health football sessions.
telephone 020 8768 6047
email admin@palaceforlife.org


Parents in Partnership (PiP)
PiP work with, parent carers of children and young people with additional needs and disabilities aged 0-25 living in Croydon.
telephone 020 8663 5626
email office@pipcroydon.com
Also Parent Carer Forum
email croydonpcf@gmail.com


Portage – Croydon Early Years SEND Service
Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with SEND and their families.
telephone 020 8604 7319
email pam.sokhi@croydon.gov.uk


Surrey Cricket Foundation – Lord Taverners Super 1s
Opportunities for people aged between 11-25 who have any form of disability to access regular weekly coaching, and take part in competitions.
Held at Bensham Manor School, Ecclesbourne Road, Croydon, CR7 7BN
email alain@googlycricket.com
email disability@surreycricket.com


Waggy Tails Club
A club for young people (aged 13-18) with disabilities. Specially trained dogs give members the opportunity to interact with them and bring about confidence through responsibility.
email waggytailsclubuk@gmail.com


Wheels for Wellbeing (WfW) – Croydon
An award-winning charity supporting disabled people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of cycling.
Croydon Sports Arena – Albert Road, South Norwood SE25 4QL
telephone Session Manager on 07806 334 770


Wingz Cycling BMX sessions
Learn to ride a BMX bike at Wingz BMX. The sessions are for beginners and riders who have a disability, impairment or additional need. The classes are based at Croydon BMX club in Norbury Park and all equipment is provided, including bikes and safety gear.
telephone 020 7993 9883
email bmx@accesssport.co.uk


Young Carers Service
A free and friendly service, offering support to young people aged 7-25, who live in Croydon and are caring for someone with a physical disability, mental health issue, long-term illness or learning difficulty.

  • Trips and Activities
  • Emotional Support and Counselling
  • Educational Support and weekly Homework Club.
  • Family Support
  • Monthly Boys and Girls Groups

telephone 020 8649 9339 (option 2)
email youngcarers@talkofftherecord.org