The NAS Croydon Learner Support Service in Coney Hall, near West Wickham, is for adults with a diagnosis of autism and mild to moderate learning disabilities living in Kent, Croydon Surrey and London.

Our service at Coney Hall creates new opportunities for people on the autism spectrum to become involved in their community and to meet new people. We provide a secure and structured environment which helps people to participate and reach their fullest potential.

Activities run from Coney Hall are designed to be both stimulating and improve life skills. The weekly programmes are tailored to meet each individual’s ambitions and needs. This includes, one to one sessions with professionals, accredited courses and group activities to help develop communication skills. We also have a sensory room at the centre.

Throughout the year, we run many community based activities which include trips to take part in sporting leisure and cultural pastimes from trampolining to horse-riding and shopping. We also work closely with Croydon Adult Learning and Training (CALAT) which offers classes in a wide range of subjects from key skills such as assertiveness, English, mathematics and cookery, to hobby and craft skills such as ceramics, mask-making and pewter work. CALAT has its own specialist staff but also benefits from direct input provided by our staff.

Leisure and learning activities

Our day services offer a range of leisure, educational, and vocational activities which may be based in our centres or in the community. We deliver our programmes in structured environments ideal for adults with autism. Each person can choose specific sessions or attend on specific days.

Below are some examples of the activities we can offer – there are many more, and we are always open to new ideas.

Everyone who uses our day services uses SPELL and TEACCH. These approaches provide essential structure and a means of clear communication designed to support people with autism. We also support other forms of communication such as Social StoriesTM, Makaton® and PECS.

The activities and support we offer

At our centres:

  • Accredited programmes such as ASDAN and Learn Direct (in numeracy, literacy and life skills)
  • Dance, drama, reflexology and art
  • IT
  • Communication sessions
  • Personal support time with a psychologist
  • Job skills
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Speaking up for yourself workshops


In the community:

  • Canoeing
  • Trampolining
  • Horseriding
  • Ten-pin bowling
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Further education in local colleges
  • Shopping
  • Eating out
  • Travel training

 

Person-centred approach

We want every adult we support to have the opportunity to grow and thrive, so we put them at the centre of our planning process. We work closely with them to create their individual plan and put it into practice: through our knowledge and experience we enable people to communicate effectively and to express their wishes. We also ensure that family, carers, friends and staff are full partners in the planning process.

Our team

Every member of staff is trained to support people with autism, and continues to expand their knowledge throughout their career. We staff each activity according to each person’s needs.

How to pay for this service

Support through our day-time hubs is funded by your local authority, either directly or through personal budgets allocated to you. Find out more about personal budgets here, or about our referral process here.

Croydon Service at Coney Hall does not offer a drop-in service. Booked visits arranged with the manager are welcomed throughout the year. How to find us.

How to access our support

There are several ways you can pay for support through our daytime hubs. For more information, visit our benefits and care page.