Willow - Guide 2021-22

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Opportunities for adults with learning disabilities in Croydon.

Willow are a team of adults with learning disabilities working together to make Croydon better. We make decisions about what Willow does and how it is run, and help run it.

We offer a mix of education, training, and work experience. Our support staff include qualified tutors and an occupational therapist.

All our activities will help you improve your English and maths skills and most people will also work towards a City and Guilds employment qualification. We work with CALAT adult education to deliver qualifications.

Willow is a social enterprise, this means that all the money we make is used to provide more opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

Watch our YouTube video - https://bit.ly/WillowSoar

Guide 2021-22

Opportunities for adults with learning disabilities in Croydon


Contents

Contents

About Willow

Our vision and values

The difference we make

How to join Willow

How much does it cost?

Timetable 2021-2022

Term dates 2021-2022

Course information

Paying for your course(s)

Where to find us

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Work experience

Snack Attack catering

Reception

Community champions

Business enterprise

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Education and training

News and events planning

Drama

Business administration

Eat out peer leaders

Health and fitness peer leaders

Independent living skills

Treat me well and campaigning

Schools project

Secret shoppers and community events

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Health and fitness

Football training

Gentle ramble

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About Willow

We are a team of adults with learning disabilities working

together to make Croydon better. We make decisions about what

Willow does and how it is run, and help run it.

We offer a mix of education, training, and work experience. Our

support staff include qualified tutors and an occupational

therapist.

All our activities will help you improve your English and maths

skills and most people will also work towards a City and Guilds

employment qualification. We work with CALAT adult education

to deliver qualifications.

Willow is a social enterprise, this means that all the money we

make is used to provide more opportunities for people with

learning disabilities.

Watch our YouTube video - https://bit.ly/WillowSoar

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Our vision and values

Why we exist - our vision

We want people with learning disabilities

• to be listened to

• to be given the chance to learn and work

• to be treated fairly and with respect by everyone

What we believe - our values

We believe that people with learning disabilities

• should be treated like valued people by everyone

• have important things to say and their voices should be heard

• have a right to have friends who support them and make them happy

• can make things better for themselves with the right support

• can learn new skills and use those skills -

in a job

to do things for themselves

to be part of the community

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How to join Willow

Our team members

help us make Croydon better

communicate ideas and work together

To become a member of our team you must

have a learning disability

be over 18 (or over 16 for football or rambling)

To enrol for an activity or course -

Please email Tanya - tanya@willowlearningforlife.org - to ask

for an enrolment form

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How much does it cost?

Every session of each of our activities or courses costs us £170 to

run.

We apply for funding to reduce the cost to members

Some of our courses are paid for by grant project funding. This

means the fees are paid by the funder and there is no cost to the

member.

Some of our other courses or activities are not funded by grant

project funding. For these courses we ask each member to pay £4

to help cover our costs.

There is more information about costs on each activity or course

page. There are also details on how to pay your fees at the back

of the booklet.

If you will need additional or 1 to 1 support please contact us for a

chat. We may be able to provide a support package. There is a

charge for this service which you may be able to fund through

direct payments.

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Timetable 2021-2022

Tuesday

morning

Gentle Ramble

10-12

Wednesday

morning

News and event

planning 10-12.30

Health & fitness

peer leaders 10-12.30

Eat out peer

leaders 10-12.30

Reception

10-12.30

Wednesday

afternoon

Drama 1-3

Business

enterprise 1-3

Community

champions 1-3

Reception

12.30-3

Wednesday

evening

Football 5-6

Thursday

morning

Business admin

10-12.30

Snack Attack

catering 10-3

Reception

10-12.30

Thursday

afternoon

Independent

living skills 1-3

Snack Attack

catering 10-3

Reception

12.30-3

Friday

morning

Secret shoppers

10-12.30

Treat me well

10-12.30

Snack Attack

catering 9.30-3.30

Reception

10-12.30

Friday

afternoon

Schools project

1-3

Snack Attack

catering 9.30-3.30

Reception

12.30-3

Saturday

afternoon

Football 12-2


Term dates 2021-2022

Autumn term

Monday 20 September - Friday 3 December 2021

Half term 25 - 29 October 2021

Spring term

Monday 17 January - Friday 1 April 2022

Half term 14 - 18 February 2022

Summer term

Monday 25 April - Friday 8 July 2022

Half term 30 May - 3 June 2022


Courses and activities

Work experience

Snack Attack catering

Thursday 10.00am-3pm

Friday

9.30am-3.30pm

Portland House, Thornton Heath

Join our Snack Attack catering team running our pop up café. You will learn

about health and safety and food hygiene, how to prepare and serve food,

and how to handle money.

Work will include

Setting up

Cooking cakes, snacks and simple meals

Making tea and coffee using a coffee machine

Taking orders and money

Serving food

Clearing up

Cost - Free

These sessions are funded by The Lottery Community fund

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Courses and activities

Work experience

Reception

Wednesday 10am – 12.30pm

OurSpace, Croydon

12.30pm – 3pm

Thursday 10am – 12.30pm Portland House, Thornton Heath

12.30pm – 3pm

Friday 10am – 12.30pm Portland House, Thornton Heath

12.30pm – 3pm

Learn how to be a receptionist.

Work will include

Welcoming visitors and helping them to sign in

Checking appointments and showing visitors where to go

Answering the phone

Taking messages

Giving out information leaflets and forms

Cost - Free

These sessions are funded by The Lottery Community fund

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Courses and activities

Work experience

Community champions

Wednesday 1pm-3pm

These sessions run all year round.

Meet at OurSpace, Croydon

Join our team of champions to help make Croydon great.

Work will include

Litter picking

Working on our community allotment

Helping cut back bushes in community green spaces

Bagging up and moving donated soil

Cost - Free

These sessions are funded by The Lottery Community fund

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Courses and activities

Work experience

Business enterprise

Wednesday 1pm-3pm

OurSpace, Croydon

Learn to make and package beautiful soaps to sell. You will learn about

health and safety, making, pricing, and selling a product.

Work will include

weighing and mixing ingredients

preparing moulds

cutting soap

wrapping and labelling

checking orders

packing and posting

You will be able to keep some of the soap you make.

Cost - Free

These sessions are funded by The Lottery Community fund

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Courses and activities

Education and training

News and event planning

Wednesday 10am-12.30pm

OurSpace, Croydon

Learn how to research and write news reports about what’s going on in

Croydon. Your articles will be featured on our social media sites and in Club

Soda’s Leisure Link magazine.

This group also finds out what people with learning disabilities want to do

and organises events including day trips and rambles.

Cost - £4 a session (20% discount when paid in advance)

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Courses and activities

Education and training

Drama

Wednesday 1pm-3pm

OurSpace, Croydon.

Join in games, role plays and performances to build your confidence, learn to

speak up for yourself, manage difficult situations, and work as a team.

Cost - £4 a session (20% discount when paid in advance)

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Courses and activities

Education and training

Business administration

Thursday 10am- 12.30pm

Portland House, Thornton Heath

Gain a business administration qualification.

You will learn about administration policies, how to use Word and Excel,

good telephone and message taking techniques, and working as a team.

You will also help with Willow’s administration.

Cost - £4 a session (20% discount when paid in advance)

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Courses and activities

Education and training

Eat out peer leaders

Wednesday 10am – 12.30pm

OurSpace, Croydon

You will plan group meals out with friends, trying the culturally diverse range

of food available in Croydon.

You will learn about staying safe, first aid, travel, dietary needs, budgeting,

and communicating well with a group.

Your team will eat out once every 2 weeks.

At the end of the course you will be able to confidently arrange and manage

nights out with friends.

This course is funded by The Peoples Health Trust and is designed

to help reduce isolation and improve mental health. The course is

free, but you will need to pay for your own food when you go out.

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Courses and activities

Education and training

Health and fitness peer leaders

Wednesday 10am – 12.30pm

OurSpace, Croydon

You will plan weekly gentle group walks in Croydon, and longer walks in

surrounding areas.

You will learn about leadership skills, staying safe, first aid, travel, assessing

risk, budgeting, and communicating well with a group.

At the end of the course you will be able to confidently arrange and manage

rambles with friends.

This course is funded by Transport for London and is designed to help

people with learning disabilities improve their physical and mental health by

walking more often.

Cost - Free

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Courses and activities

Education and training

Independent living skills

Thursday 10am – 12.30pm

Portland House, Thornton Heath

This course is about helping you live more independently, the students will

decide what they want to learn.

Subjects could include

standing up for yourself

managing staff

staying healthy

managing money

travel training

finding things to do

making friends

cooking

keeping your home clean

Cost - £4 a session (20% discount when paid in advance)

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Courses and activities

Education and training

Treat me well and campaigning

Friday 10.00 – 12.30pm

Portland House, Thornton Heath

Have your say on the things that matter to you.

You will feedback to the staff at Croydon University hospital on what they

do well and what needs improving, and help train them to be better.

You can help decide what other things you want to make better and

campaign for positive change.

Cost - £4 a session (20% discount when paid in advance)

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Courses and activities

Education and training

Schools project

Friday 1.00-3.00pm

Portland House, Thornton Heath

Help design and teach sessions for children in schools and online.

You will teach children about the great things people with learning

disabilities can do. And teach them to understand what it’s like to have a

disability, and what they can do to help.

Cost - £4 a session (20% discount when paid in advance)

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Courses and activities

Education and training

Secret shoppers and community events

Friday 10-12.30pm

Portland House, Thornton Heath

Join our team of secret shoppers to help find out which Croydon businesses

treat people with learning disabilities well.

You will learn how to measure how good services are, and write a review on

them.

Your reviews will be shared on our social media to help other people decide

where to go.

Cost - £4 a session (20% discount when paid in advance)

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Courses and activities

Health and fitness

Football training

Join our team the Croydon Knights.

Saturday 12noon-2pm. These sessions run all year round.

Practice football skills, work as a team and play friendly games at Arena

South Norwood. The first hour is warm up and skills practice on the grass,

followed by a game on the five a side pitch.

£4 per session

Wednesday 5pm-6pm (April-September).

Practice football skills, work as a team and play friendly games at Ashburton

Park. These sessions are held when it is light in the evenings.

£2 per session

Follow the Croydon Knights on Instagram @croydonknightsf

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Courses and activities

Health and fitness

Gentle ramble

Tuesday 10am-12 noon

This is a gentle ramble aimed at people of all abilities who want to keep fit,

meet friends, and see some of our beautiful local parks.

We meet at a tram stop each week and walk for an hour.

This course is funded by Transport for London and is designed to help

people with learning disabilities improve their physical and mental health by

walking more often.

Cost - Free

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Where to find us

Wednesday

term time only

OurSpace Café and Hub

50-54 High Street

Croydon

CR0 1YB

Thursday and Friday

term time only

Portland House

678 London Road

Thornton Heath

CR7 7HU

Football training -

Wednesday evening

April to September only

Ashburton Park

Lower Addiscombe Road

CR0 6RX

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Saturday afternoon

all year round

Arena

Albert Road

SE25 4QL


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