If you live in Westminster, have a physical or mental disability and you're aged 11 and 25, the Caxton Youth Organisation may be able to offer you support.
They provide help in a number of areas:
They have a Westminster youth club base, a country retreat in the beautiful Surrey surroundings of the River Wey, and a narrow boat so that city youngsters can experience countryside activities.
To find out more about joining, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7834 1883.
Opening hours are: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 6.30pm to 9pm.
Address: Caxton Youth Organisation, Basement Clubrooms, Tintern House, Abbots Manor Estate, Alderney Street.
K is a 12-year-old male who has autism.
After 6 months at the youth club, he was offered a weekend break at Caxton’s outdoor base, Midge Island. It was the first time he'd ever been away from his mum. He was nervous, but within 10 minutes on the bus with the other young people, he was excited and enthusiastic about the weekend’s activities. K thoroughly enjoyed himself and said “everything we did was just awesome.” He was the youngest there, and he enjoyed the experience of being with the older boys.
He took part in issue-based workshops, need-focussed sessions and independent living skills training, K’s mum reports that his “confidence is greatly improved and he takes on more responsibility at home and he is more willing to try new things – especially food and activities.”
M is 27 years old and was born with Down's Syndrome.
She was badly bullied through her secondary school years, but through all of this she continued to attend Caxton youth club and was counselled and supported by its youth workers. She says “I felt safe at Caxton.”
At Caxton, M has learnt to cook, manage her finances and improved her employability skills. She volunteered to teach disadvantaged children in a primary school in Jamaica, with the support of one of Caxton’s youth workers. M said “I really enjoyed working with the children. It was amazing. It’s not something I thought I’d ever do."
She has moved into a flat, maintained a healthy lifestyle and managed her finances. She is in training to become a chef and is mentor to Caxton’s younger members.
Westminster City Council’s Local Offer for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities provides information about services that children, young people and their families can expect from a range of local agencies. View more about SEND Local Offer