Our vision is to enable learning disabled Londoners to stay healthy, be safe, and to live well in a society where people with learning disabilities are valued as equal citizens having the chance to make full use of everything their community has to offer just like everybody else.
The Westminster Society is an award winning charity providing services for people with a range of learning disabilities and their families. We operate in Westminster and other London Boroughs.
Our extensive experience is in supporting people with disabilities including people with complex needs and profound and multiple disabilities. We place special emphasis on promoting family relationships, as this is crucial to delivering successful services.
People with learning disabilities have the right to live with respect and dignity throughout their lives and to receive the support that they both want and need.
To make this happen we seek to apply the following values in everything we do.
You are a valued part of your community.
You are asked questions about what you want and need. We listen to you.
You have the information and support needed to make choices and take decisions.
You are treated as a valued individual.
You are supported to do the things you always wanted to do and the things that you never thought possible.
You have the right support to lead a full, happy and healthy life.
“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.”
The Westminster Society was founded in 1962 by a group of parents who wanted improved local services for their own and other children with learning disabilities.
The photograph opposite is one of the founders of the Westminster Society, Vi Mullins and her son Steven who was one of the first children to be supported by us. Since then the charity has grown considerably and has expanded to support both adults and children. Today, we deliver services in Westminster, Camden, Islington, Harrow, and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. We provide registered care, supported living, intervention and preventative services, short breaks, community services, and domiciliary care for both children and adults. We also provide family support services: including nursery, play, youth and transition services for children and young people with learning disabilities.
The Westminster Society is calling for health equality for people with learning disabilities to ensure they have access to regular Covid-19 testing, and that vaccines are made available on an equitable basis alongside people living in elderly and nursing care facilities.
Our CEO has written to Helen Whately Minister of State for Social Care asking for a change in policy – please see her letter here.Read the letter to Helen Whately