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Trusts and foundations

A pioneering past

For over 50 years, The Camden Society has campaigned for a more inclusive and equal society. We have pioneered many approaches and services that are today considered mainstream.
In the 1980s we were at the forefront of the campaign to allow people who had spent their lives in long-stay hospitals, to move back into the community. In 1985, we opened our first social enterprise café in Camden, creating jobs and training for people with disabilities.

Building on our success

Today, we continue to support people with a learning disability to live full and interesting lives. We run 10 social enterprises to train and employ people who might not otherwise have the chance to shine. We offer support to hundreds of others to live independently, find work and live healthily.
We push the boundaries so that the support people receive is of the highest quality possible. We work with local authority commissioners to raise the standard of statutory provision, and have transformed failing services by listening to what people and their families want and then making it happen.
We have built employment support programmes that have a successful track record in supporting people with disabilities into sustained employment. Our Work-Life-Goals project (formerly ProWork), in partnership with further education colleges across London, has guided many students with learning disabilities into the right job.

We support people with a range of disabilities, including those with autistic spectrum disorder, whose challenging behaviour has resulted in their exclusion from mainstream services.

Our future plans

The need for our work is ever growing as the number of people who have a learning disability is increasing in the UK. Cuts to welfare budgets and reductions in benefits are having a profound effect on people’s lives as fewer services are available or affordable. We must find new ways to meet this unprecedented demand before people are forced back to living institutionalised, unfulfilling lives.

We have ambitious plans to increase the number of opportunities and change the outlook for people with a learning disability, but to put our plans into action we need to secure funding.
We are also looking to work with partners to develop innovative, impactful and sustainable solutions and services together.

Contacting us

If you are interested in working with us or supporting us, please contact Deborah Turton by email at deborah.turton@thecamdensociety.co.uk or by phone on 020 7241 8847.

We are grateful to the trusts and foundations on Our Funders page for their past and current support.
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