Elfrida Camden

Elfrida Camden

At a glance

Causes

  • Learning disabilities / difficulties

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

Our vision for young people with learning disabilities to have the same opportunities as everyone else to fulfil their potential.

Our mission empowering young people to learn, develop and work together on the path to independence.

Our values independence, inclusion, individuality, friendship and pride.

With a maximum of 24 learner places a year, we are currently open to applications for our three year Preparing for Adulthood Course for young people aged 16-25 with mild to moderate learning disabilities. We are based in Kentish Town, North London. Get in touch to arrange a visit and find out more.

Activities

Preparing for adulthoodLearners undertake a wide range of community activities which help to build their skills for independent living.

We deliver a three year programme to our learners to help them prepare for adulthood. The programme is non accredited as that allows to personalise the programme to each and every learner’s needs and aspirations. The programme covers Life Skills and personal development, employability including work experience, English and Maths as well as sport and Drama.

The Employability elements focus on supporting learners to develop the skills needed to gain employment such as CV writing, IT skills, applying for jobs and interview techniques.

The course supports learners to develop independent travel skills, money management and maintaining good mental and physical health. Learners are given guidance on how to present a positive image to prospective employers such as; how to dress and present themselves appropriately for employment.

Leighton College uses the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for good career guidance: The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance 1. A stable careers programme 2. Learning from career and labour market information 3. Addressing the needs of each pupil 4. Linking curriculum learning to careers 5. Encounters with employers and employees 6. Experiences of workplaces 7. Encounters with further and higher education 8. Personal guidance

As described in the Government’s latest publication “Careers Guidance and access for education and training providers” September 2022.

Work PlacementsWe have a good range of ongoing partnerships with employers in the community and beyond.

As well as experiencing a wide variety of different work activities, to help them explore future work possibilities, we aim to support each student in finding placements which connect with their individual strengths and interests.  

We are always open to partnering with new work placement partners either on an ongoing basis or to organising taster visits to different workplaces.

Pastoral and Enrichment

Our pastoral and enrichment activities include travel training, weekly football training and pedal power sessions at Arsenal Stadium, animal therapy, sports leadership, Drama, Speech & Language therapy, extra tuition and Creative Therapy.

Elfrida Rathbone Camden Statement for use of Education and Skills Funding Agency 16 to 19 Tuition Fund for the 2023 to 2024 academic year

We will provide additional support for learners in functional skills. This support will be focused on our year 3 learners who were most affected by the disruption to education caused by COVID. In addition we have different other learners who would benefit from additional 1-1 or 1-2 tuition sessions to be able to invest time in individualising approaches and teaching those individuals to develop their functional skills to more effectively prepare them for adulthood.

Learners will receive support and assistance in learning to use different approaches in addition to their regular lessons. This additional time will enable them to further participate successfully in the main lessons.

Current opportunities

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