Our daytime hub at Old Mill provides the ideal place for autistic adults with learning difficulties to come to have fun, to learn and to participate in the community. We provide a caring environment and staff who are experts in working with autistic people who have complex needs.
Old Mill is open to anyone with a diagnosis of autism. Our programmes are flexible and tailored to each individual so they can pick activities which suit their needs and wants.
We are on the High Street in the centre of Godalming so that we can easily reach all the amenities the town has to offer. We have specialist rooms for activities such as art and craft as well as other spaces where we gather to socialise and to learn. Outside we have a small garden where we grow herbs and vegetables and sit and relax on warm days.
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Leisure and learning activities
Our Old Mill daytime hub offers a wide range of activities which are both enjoyable and educational. Above all, we want the people who come to Old Mill to have fun – in this way they become more confident, more independent, and learn new skills. We design every activity to be suitable for people with autism. People using Old Mill design their own programme, picking activities and choosing which days to attend.
Below are some examples of the activities we can offer – there are many more and we are always open to new ideas.
Several times a year everyone who uses our day services gets together with families and staff: we create our own pantomime, run a sports day and hold parties in the summer and at Christmas, as well as many other gatherings and special days.
In our day services we use SPELL and TEACCH. These approaches provide essential structure and a means of clear communication designed to support people with autism.
The activities and support we offer
At Old Mill:
- accredited learning programmes such as ASDAN
- daily living skills training
- communication and social skills training
- art and craft
- cooking and baking
- games and puzzles
- youth club.
We also use the ICT suite in our Horizons day centre.
In the community:
- trips to the cinema
- visits to pubs and cafes
- horse riding
- rock climbing.
We want everyone we work with to grow and thrive, so we put them at the centre of our planning process. Together with their key worker, they decide what they want to do and take part in drawing up their own plan. We also involve family, carers, friends and staff.
Every member of staff is trained to support people with autism, and continues to expand their expertise throughout their career. They bring a wide range of experiences and knowledge so that we can help people no matter what they want to do. We staff each activity according to each person's needs.
Old Mill 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.