People who have a learning disability have the same rights as everyone else. However, we live in a society where the rights of people with a learning disability are continually reduced and denied.
We work to ensure that people with learning disabilities are valued as equal citizens, making decisions about their lives at every available opportunity, no matter the level of their disability.
We have been making a positive impact and improving the quality of life of learning disabled Londoners for over 50 years. Read what some of the people we have supported have said about us and how we’ve made a difference in their lives.
"I came to know the Westminster Society as my brother, who is autistic, attended the nursery in the late 1990’s. We also both attended the playscheme during the half-term which was fun and I have kept many good memories"
“When my mum died I wanted to die and be buried with my mum, I did not know what to do, I was very unhappy and anxious and fed up. Gabby, Carol and Sharon from The Westminster Society helped me; they brought me to Croxley Road and found me a job to do.”
“My child was showing signs of autism and the keyworker was able to spot it. He’s now waiting for a diagnosis after being referred to a professional. He was not verbal when he started, now he is starting to talk. We have been blessed and fortunate to have found Rainbow in our neighbourhood”
“Rainbow is a lovely nursery environment where my daughter was very happy. The nursery has a lot of different rooms where my daughter could go when she felt overwhelmed and needed some quiet time, especially the sensory room. The standard of care my child was given was amazing from all of the staff, especially her keyworker. My daughter progressed enormously at Rainbow and I will always be grateful for all that they did for her.”
“Since the Westminster Society started supporting me I have been going out loads more than I used to. I had my first holiday in years and went for an activity weekend in Cumbria – it was a great weekend.”
"It’s really good – just go for it and do all you can. "
"I started in November 2017 as a support worker, after studying health and social care, public health, at university. I attended all the training. It’s really nice working with service users, completely different – in a good way – from studying. You get to know the service users and get to know them better. WSPLD push you too – they encourage you. "
Jenneh has been promoted and started her new job as an Assistant Team Manager in February 2019.
"I have been with the Society for only a short time, but have had more experiences in that short time than I would have thought possible. I had heard of the Society through the grapevine and was interested in learning more as its values chimed with my own.
Right from the start I could see that the Society was service user led and focused. It is no coincidence that the first person I met at Head Office on the day of my interview was a service user, with whom I had a long chat that put me more at ease for the coming interview. There aren’t many other organisations like that!"