ECL was established in 1994 as an advocacy service for local people with learning disabilities. Today, we offer opportunities to young people and adults in the Elmbridge area with learning disabilities and/or autism.
The range of needs we deal with is broad and we try to provide activities for everyone. Our timetable ranges from music workshops for those with multiple and complex needs (often non-verbal) to our high energy Allsports sessions for younger people with mild learning disabilities and/or autism.
The charity's benefits are widespread. We delight in seeing our members become more confident people enjoying social interaction with their peer group, charity staff and local volunteers.
We’re also pleased that we’ve helped raise awareness amongst young people of the challenges faced by those with learning disabilities in their everyday lives, through our active recruitment of sixth form volunteers. In fact, all our volunteers report an increased sense of wellbeing as a result of the time they spend with us.
Importantly, we also offer valuable and appreciated respite to parent carers.