Willow Learning for Life empowers adults with learning disabilities to live happy and fulfilled lives, helping them to feel listened to and achieve independence.
Their innovative programme gives members the confidence to realise and learn new skills through work experience, education, social and sport activities. From running a pop up café to creating jewellery and organic soap, all members at Willow have a say in how the activities and workshops are run.
Willow supports around 30 adults with learning disabilities living in Croydon including Sarah*, who was approached by Tanya, Chief Executive Officer for Willow.
Tanya has been involved in helping Sarah to receive appropriate support from the local health and care system, working with Croydon Council’s Joint Community Learning Disability team to support her health and wellbeing needs.
As a victim of hate crime, Sarah has found comfort in attending Willow and has become a valuable member helping with classes and activities.
I feel proud and happy to be a member of Willow. I like coming here when I’m in a bad mood as there’s always someone to help me. I also get to see my friends.”Sarah, member of Willow Learning for Life.
The Treat Me Well team have trained frontline staff in hospitals, GP surgeries, vaccination centres and staff at Transport for London. They have also helped shape the NHS South West London Integrated Care System local health and care plan.
Their dedication has led to the recruitment of another Learning Disability Acute Liaison Nurse covering Croydon University Hospital and Purley War Memorial Hospital.
Ensuring that those with learning disabilities feel included and valued equally is a priority for Willow.
The staff are dedicated at ensuring Croydon is a great place for people to live with a learning disabilities and go above and beyond to ensure members feel supported in all aspects of their life, helping them to build their confidence and independence.
*Name changed for confidentiality purposes