What we do
It can be difficult for people with a learning difficulty to access the same social opportunities that we take for granted. Our social clubs, befriending scheme and holiday breaks aim to help fill those gaps and in the process friendships are developed and maintained.
Conquerors Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at St Michael’s RC Church Hall, The Marld, off Woodfield Lane in Ashtead. It starts at 7pm and finishes at 9.30pm.
The club is open to people with learning difficulties living in Ashtead and surrounding areas and provides the opportunity to socialise and enjoy time with friends.
Our re-use and recycle shop offers job opportunities to young adults with learning disabilities, run by ALDAG, we can be found at 62a West Street, Dorking, Surrey. Tuesday - Saturday 9.30am - 5pm.
The shop provides a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience in retail and customer interaction, learn new skills and being part of a team, for some people this will provide a stepping stone to to paid employment.
We began in 2003 with activity based days for a fortnight at the beginning of the summer holiday. Activities were organised after consultation with the group.
Over the next few years we enjoyed visits to the cinema, bowling, boat trips, seaside, sea life centres, cooking our own lunch, arts and crafts, football fun days, etc.
MENCAP research states that approximately 8 out of 10 working age people with a learning disability have a mild or moderate learning disability, but less than 2 in 10 are in employment. We provide voluntary work opportunities for adults with a learning difficulty living in Ashtead and surrounding areas; for some people this will provide a long term job and for others will provide a stepping stone to paid employment.
Cafe ALDAG is situated in St. George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead and aims to provide fulfilling long term work experience for twelve adults with a learning disability by developing catering skills and in doing so to provide a valued service to the church community and local people. The young people learn a variety of work skills supported by a paid manager and a team of volunteers.
Every Friday a group of four young people meet to garden at our allotment where we grow flowers and vegetables for Café ALDAG. We also undertake garden maintenance around St. George’s Christian Centre, for a local special school and in addition do some paid work for individuals who need help to keep their garden in order!
Teens and Twenties
Teens and Twenties group was set up to support younger adults with learning difficulties and their families.
Following consultation with parent/carers the group has adopted as its main focus the support for young adults with learning difficulties in forming friendships and in engaging with a range of different social activities.