The Squad

The Squad

At a glance


  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Young people

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Our story begins in 1993...

Our founder set up The Squad to provide a youth club for people with learning disabilities that was more fun and vibrant than the other clubs around at the time. 

A key part of her vision was to recruit a large, diverse group of volunteers and that the club should always be exciting and enjoyable for everyone - staff and members alike. We've stayed true to this and believe that this is the key to our success, along with our high staff to member ratio. 


The Squad runs Thursday night clubs for people with learning disabilities and is based in Wimbledon in the London Borough of Merton. Our club nights are fun-packed and educational and our members enjoy socialising with their friends whilst also trying out new experiences.  

The club is split into 2 age groups: the 'juniors' club is for under 25s and our 'vets' clubs is for over 25s. The clubs are run separately and both have their own programme of age-appropriate activities.

Our members are the most important part of The Squad. They help to the run the clubs, vote on what we should include in our activity programmes and are involved in decisions about The Squad's future. 

Our members are supported by two dedicated part-time club leaders, one per club, and an enthusiastic and hard-working group of volunteers. Our volunteers help to organise activities and always encourage everyone to take part.

We work in partnership with a wide range of organisations that help improve our service.

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