Learning Disabilities

Bede Centre is a place where people with learning disabilities can learn new skills, make friends, and help other people. Below are some of the things you can do at Bede Centre to make up your own personal timetable. Our services can be purchased with a personal budget or arranged through your social worker.


Choice Support Southwark Quality Champions surveyed the Bede Learning Disabilities Project in June 2016. The Champs are a team of people with experience of using services or family carers of people using the services. They want to make life better for people who use the services too. They are experts on how support should be because they have first-hand experience of support, and of finding out how people get support to have an ordinary life. Bede received a great review summed up by these comments:

“Everyone seemed to love being in Bede Centre; it seemed to be a pleasant and safe environment where service users are listen to. There was so much laughter in a music group and it was obvious that everyone was enjoying themselves.”

To read the full report, please click here…

Individual support


We can provide you with individual support if you need it to take part in Bede activities. You can also follow your own interests, participate in the community, and develop your skills and activities.

Bede Independent Travel Training and Bede Travel Buddies

At Bede, we can help you travel more independently on buses, tubes and trains, and by walking. This can save you money and help you feel healthier. We will complete a travel assessment with you and make a plan to match you with a Bede Travel Buddy.

Bede’s Travel Buddies are volunteers who are specially trained by Bede’s staff team and carefully matched to each person they support. We welcome potential Travel Buddies who have a disability themselves. Once trained and matched they can earn a wage as a Bede Travel Buddy.

To find out more about being a Bede Travel Buddy contact our Manager, Carole Brady, carolebrady@bedehouse.org, 020 7237 8930.

Supported volunteering

Volunteering is giving some of your time to help other people. For example:

  • Helping older people in their homes and gardens by being part of the Inside Outside project*
  • Learning to grow fruit and vegetables on our allotment in Southwark Park
  • Working for a charity in their office or shop
  • Helping at a city farm

When you volunteer with Bede you get support from one of our workers. It’s a fun way to make friends, learn new things and help other people. John writes in his weekly blog: “I did some allotment work today and I’ve harvested some potatoes and runner beans. I also did the watering of all the plants.”

*Special thanks to The Funding Network for supporting our ‘Inside Outside’ project.

One of our volunteers, Luke Holmes, won ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ at Community Southwark’s Southwark Stars award ceremony in 2018.

Luke has a number of volunteering roles including gardening, DIY and our Helping Hound scheme. Here is Luke after receiving his award:


You can do social, sporting and arts activities – everything from a film club to Pilates, from a musicgroup to drama. These will help you to:

• Try new experiences
• Learn new skills for all areas of your life
• Make new friends
• Learn how to keep healthy and well

Bede Dance Group


This short film by one of our supporters, the Arch Climbing Wall, shows some of the activities available at Bede Centre. Our thanks to them for making this video:

 Bede Café

The Bede Café is a working café, open to the public, training you in skills for work and home to help you:

• Work as part of a team and on your own
• Learn about food hygiene and preparing food safely
• Get ready for service and clean up afterwards
• Learn how to serve customers

Thanks to our supporters:



Contact us

Learning Disabilities Project
Bede Centre
Abbeyfield Road
London SE16 2BS
020 7237 8930 

Carole Brady (Manager)

Find the Learning Disabilities Project