LinkAble

Before finding you I was wondering how on earth I was going to manage, finding support for my son is really difficult.

LinkAble
From the beginning at LinkAble

LinkAble is a Woking-based charity providing sports, social and recreational activities for children and adults with a broad range of learning disabilities which range from mild developmental delay to profound or more complex needs such as cerebral palsy and severe autism. The change of name to LinkAble borrows from the inspirational messages of the 2012 Olympics and the successes demonstrated throughout the games by so many (dis)abled athletes. LinkAble aims to reach people of all ages with learning disabilities and enhance their lives by offering a diverse programme of social and leisure opportunities.

As stated in our mission statement, it is our objective to enable those with learning disabilities to develop their potential and enjoy socially inclusive fulfilled lives. All of our efforts are aimed at ensuring some form of social opportunity is available to all those with learning disabilities irrespective of age or learning disability. Considerable thought and effort is devoted to ensuring that these opportunities are both meaningful and enjoyable.

A personal service is tailored to meet specific individual service user needs. One size definitely does not fit all in the world of learning disability. To this end it has always been our policy to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our service users in all our planning, programs and procedures.

An underlying theme to all our programs and services is for our users to grow in confidence and self-belief as well as forging long lasting relationships with staff and other service users as they participate in these various activities.

With our dedicated staff, volunteers and support organisations, we strive to deliver something of value for our user community.

Activity examples include:

  • Trips Away: Overnight, weekend and longer for teenage and adult service users help in developing independence and affords some respite to families. See Photo Gallery
  • Mayhem: Our nightclub for adults with a learning disability attracts an average attendance of 280 to Quake in Woking on 6 Friday nights throughout the year. Visit our Mayhem Page
  • The High Notes Choir: Formed at the request of service users who expressed a wish to learn to sing. Visit our High Notes Page
  • Dance: An integrated dance company (StopGap) works with LinkAble staff and volunteers to deliver a weekly dance experience. Visit our Dance and Drama Page  
  • Drama: A drama program sponsored by the Ambassador Theatre Group offers adult service users the opportunity to grow in confidence and develop their performance skills. Visit our Dance and Drama Page
  • Respite: Is hugely important for families with a learning disabled member. The opportunity to enjoy more relaxed family time while their child attends a LinkAble activity is a much appreciated ‘side effect’ of the charity’s work.

Personal stories about LinkAble

"Both of my daughters thoroughly enjoy their time at LinkAble. They meet up with long-time friends in a safe, relaxing environment; they feel that everyone understands their needs and always leave activities laughing. The staff and all volunteers are friendly, professional and I feel both the girls are in very safe hands. Thank you for providing such a safe haven for my daughters to enjoy time with their friends."

"LinkAble has been a massive help to me over the holiday periods and has meant family life runs more peacefully. Unfortunately, we are moving out of the area so will no longer be able to use LinkAble, but thank you for everything."

"My daughter looks forward to coming to events, she feels happy and I get a guilt-free break. For me it's all good. I would like to say thanks for just being so good. LinkAble is unique in helping special kids feel they have a place to play."