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The Kitbag is a chance for you to choose the activities you'd like to do, using the direct payment that you've been awarded as a result of your adult services community care assessment.

If you don't want an assessment, or want to remain independent of services, you can pay privately to use these services.

If you receive Council-funded services, you'll need to be financially assessed. This means that all of your income, including benefits and savings will be looked at to see if you need to pay towards your care. Our financial assessment team will write to you and let you know.

If you choose to be independent of Council-funded services you will pay the activity costs straight to the activity provider at the time and so won’t pay any care charges.

If you have Council-funded care, the invoice for that care will be sent direct to the Council’s adult services offices for payment via the direct payment team.

If you are assessed to pay towards the care, you will get a monthly invoice sent to you. You can arrange with your bank to pay the care charge invoices if you wish. Information will be sent to you to explain.

Activities

Animals and care

'Cow Pat' at Surrey Docks Farm

A training project at Surrey Docks Farm where adults with learning disabilities can learn skills in animal husbandry such as feeding, exercising, grooming and mucking out.

You can take the donkeys for walks by the river, harvest vegetable treats for the pigs or make feeding tubes for the rabbits.

Contact the farm to add your name to the waiting list.

  • cost: £75 per day x 40 weeks = £3,000 per year, billed at £250 a month - you'll need to pay even if you're sick or on holiday as the farm have to cover staffing costs and resources 
  • travel: travel is not included in the cost above, and you'll need to be dropped off and collected by a parent/guardian, taxi, 1-1 support, or travel on your own - directions
  • lunch: you'll need to bring lunch, snacks and drinks as required
  • equipment: you'll be told what clothing and equipment to bring before the session
  • addressSurrey Docks Farm, Rotherhithe Street, South Wharf, London SE16 5ET 
  • times: Mondays: 10am-3pm
  • contactSurrey Docks Farm Training Project - Contact Us
  • websiteSurrey Docks Farm

What to do next

If you would like to attend and have a personal budget in place, they can arrange a farm visit to meet the Training Coordinators, have a look around the site and discuss things further. They can also offer a free taster session to ensure clients are happy, before they commit to the project.

Arts and crafts

Aurora Options Card Making and Arts and Crafts

Aurora Options support adults with learning disabilities to attend card making. The students design, make and pack cards and crafts to sell. All the money raised is reinvested back into the card making enterprise to buy stock, materials and equipment. Some of this reinvestment may also be used at a later point to pay individuals for the cards that they have made.

Students are part of an exciting and creative Card and Craft Enterprise where they have the opportunity to learn new skills, socialise and practice their speaking up and confidence skills within a learning environment.

Cost: £58 per day, this is usually paid through direct payments or a personal budget.

Travel: This is not included in the cost. Students will need to be dropped off and collected by a parent/guardian, taxi or 1-1.

Lunch: Students will need to bring in a packed lunch, snacks and drinks.

Equipment: You will be told what equipment you will need to bring in before the session. 

Address: St Johns Church, St Johns Vale, SE8 4EA

Times: Monday and Thursday, 9.30am-3.30pm.

What to do next: If you are interested, students can attend a taster morning or afternoon.

Contactenquiries@aurora-nexus.org

WebsiteAurora Options

Telephone: 0203 909 0566

Baking and cookery skills

Pretty Little Cupcakes

Learn to bake and decorate cupcakes.

Do you enjoy eating tasty cakes and want to learn how to make them? Or do you simply like baking and want to do more of it? Then come and join Pretty Little Cupcakes in our Baking and Decorating Workshops.

Cost:

  • £13 For people who can attend independently or provide own support (Course Tutor Only)
  • starting at £60 for those who require support to attend. Costs will be agreed with you after your assessment

Travel: This is not included in the cost. Attendees will need to be dropped off and collected by a parent/guardian, taxi, 1-1 support or travel independently.

Lunch: Students will need to bring in a packed lunch, snacks and drinks. Tea, coffee and squash provided.

Equipment: All equipment provided. 

Address: Pretty Little Rooms, 23 Penge High Street, SE20 7HJ. This venue is attached to the Pretty Little Cupcakes shop and kitchens.

Times: Tuesday and Thursday: 9.30am - 3.30pm 

What to do next: Call or email Michael William Pennington.

Email: Michael William Pennington - Michaelp@plus-services.org

Telephone: 0208 297 1250

Creating Cookies

Develop your baking skills and create some melt in the mouth cookies. 

In this workshop you will learn how to: maintain food hygiene, follow a recipe, measure ingredients, and create and bake your own cookies. You will also spend time with others, having fun whilst learning.

You will be taking your cookies home with you.

Cost:

  • £13 For people who can attend independently or provide own support (Course Tutor Only)
  • starting at £60 for those who require support. Costs will be agreed with you after your assessment

Travel: This is not included in the cost. Attendees will need to be dropped off and collected by a parent/guardian, taxi, 1-1 support or travel independently.

Lunch: Students will need to bring in a packed lunch, snacks and drinks. Tea, coffee and squash provided.

Equipment: All equipment provided. 

Address: Pretty Little Rooms, 23 Penge High Street, SE20 7HJ. This venue is attached to the Pretty Little Cupcakes shop and kitchens.

Times: Friday: 9.30am - 3.30pm 

What to do next: Call or email Michael William Pennington.

Email: Michael William Pennington - Michaelp@plus-services.org

Telephone: 0208 297 1250

Digital skills

Three Cs Digital Inclusion

Come and learn some basic skills in accessing the digital world.

Cost: Starting at £30. Costs will be agreed with you after your assessment.

Travel: This is not included in the cost above. Attendees will need to be dropped off and collected by a parent/guardian, taxi, 1-1 support or travel independently.

Lunch: Session will finish before lunch. Bring snacks as required. Tea, coffee and squash provided.

Equipment: You will be told what equipment you will need to bring in before the session. 

Address: Three Cs, 82-84 Childers Street, Deptford, SE8 5FS

Times: Wednesday: 10am–12.30pm

What to do next: Call Sharon Latter.

Contact: Sharon Latter – Sharon.latter@threecs.co.uk

Telephone: 07711 377 543

WebsiteThree Cs

Education

Brockley Rise Accessible Courses

Adult Learning Lewisham Supported Learning department is a curriculum area for adults with learning difficulties (AWLD). It is an adult community learning provision (ACL).

Courses are delivered in three 11-week terms, broken up as autumn, spring and summer.

To enrol for courses all learners have to have a pre-course assessment (PCA).

At the PCA meeting:

  • previous learning experiences and abilities are shared
  • details are written down about the support the new learner has day to day
  • what they can expect in the class room is also shared with them
  • when they have got to know the new learner a little bit, they can discuss more which courses are suitable for them and might meet their aspirations

Costs: All courses have fees, however some learners who are on lower incomes or live with the support of benefits qualify for 50 to 100 % concession.

How to present your documents to qualify for a concession will be discussed at the pre-course assessment meeting.

Travel: Needs to be arranged by the individual.

Refreshments: Attendees to bring own refreshments as required.

Equipment: To be specified when enrolling. 

Address:

There are three main learning centres:

  • Brockley Rise Learning Centre: 2 Brockley Rise, London SE23 1PR (BR)
  • Granville Park Learning Centre 100 Granville Park, London SE13 7DU (GR)
  • Grove Park Learning Centre: 333 - 335 Barry Rd, London SE12 0DZ (GP) 

Courses are also delivered at Downham Community Centre at Wesley Halls, 2 Shroffold Road, Bromley BR1 5PE (GV3).

Times: These will vary between courses. 

What to do next:

If you would like to find out more contact Luky Trenchard.

If you would like to enrol, call the Business Resources Team and they will organise a pre-course assessment with you. All enrolments require pre-course assessment (PCA). Appointment dates are:

  • the first three weeks in September for autumn term and whole year.
  • Thursday 16 December for the spring term.
  • Thursday 21 April for the summer term. 

The appointments are only bookable three weeks before the date.

For any specific queries about the courses please call the curriculum leader.

Contact: Luky Trenchard  - luky.trenchard@lewisham.gov.uk

Telephone:

  • Luky Trenchard - 020 8314 8622
  • Business Resources Team - 020 8314 3300

Website: Brockley Rise Courses

Employment, internships and apprenticeships

Three Cs Employment Support

1-1 job coaching sessions online or in person with their Job Coach, Lorenzo.

Costs: Starting at £25 per hour for 1-1 job coaching, or share the costs in a group. They will speak to you about this.

Travel: Needs to be arranged by the individual.

Refreshments: Tea, coffee, squash provided. Bring snacks as required.

Equipment: They will talk to you about this.

Address: Three Cs, 82-84 Childers Street, Deptford, SE8 5FS.

Times: Mondays and Tuesdays: a minimum of one hour. (excludes Bank Holidays).

What to do next: Contact Sharon. She will then arrange for you to meet the Job Coach.

Contact: Sharon Latter - sharon.latter@threecs.co.uk.

Telephone: 07711 377 543 or 0208 269 4340.

Website: Three Cs

Gardening and community

'PLUS' Gardening Group

In this group you will learn how to:

  • grow your own vegetables
  • look after your vegetables and fruits
  • take care of an allotment plot

You will also have the opportunity to take home organically grown vegetables.

Cost

  • £5 for people who can attend with no support or provide own support (Group Tutor / Coordinator Only)
  • £30 Workshop and shared support. (Includes cost of Course Tutor and ‘At Workshop’ shared support worker from PLUS)

This is usually paid through direct payments or a personal budget. For people who require high levels of support (e.g. 1-1) this can be provided through their outreach service – please contact for detail.

Travel: This is not included in the cost above. Students will need to be dropped off and collected by a parent/guardian, taxi, 1-1 support, or travel independently.

Lunch: Students will need to bring in a packed lunch, snacks and drinks as required.

Equipment: This is all provided, and students can take home any successfully grown produce! Please wear outdoor clothes. 

Address: At Spa Hill Allotments, 180 Spa Hill Road, Crystal Palace, SE19 3TU (450 Bus passes by gate to allotment).

Times

  • Monday: 9.30am–12.30pm
  • Wednesday: 1pm–4pm

What to do next: If you wish to attend, or you need any information, please contact Michael:

Contact: Michael William Pennington – michaelp@plus-services.org

Telephone: 0208 297 1250

WebsitePLUS Services

Three Cs 'Grow'

Come and learn some basic gardening skills.

Cost: from £60 per day. They will agree costs with you after your assessment. This is usually paid through direct payments or a personal budget.

Travel: This is not included in the cost above - students will need to be dropped off and collected by a parent/guardian, taxi, 1-1 support or travel independently.

Lunch: Students will need to bring in a packed lunch, and snacks as required. Tea, coffee, and squash provided.

Equipment: This is all provided. Outdoor clothing is advisable.

Address: Ladywell Centre, 148 Dressington Avenue, London, SE4 1JF

Times: Monday: 10am–3pm

What to do next: If you are interested, call Sharon Latter

Contact: Sharon Latter

Email: sharon.latter@threecs.co.uk

Telephone: 07711 377 543

WebsiteThree Cs

Surrey Docks Farm 'New Leaf'

Here students are given their own plot to learn practical skills to grow fruits and vegetables, as well as developing life skills. Students can take all the produce they grow home to eat and share. Post covid they will also do some cooking with the produce grown, for example making pizza together in our wood oven using tomatoes and veg toppings grown by the students. Surrey Docks Farm is an accredited AQA centre and offer practical training modules to track learning.

Cost: £75/day x 40 weeks = £3,000 per year. They bill this on a monthly basis of £250 a month. This is payable even if the student is sick or on holiday as they have to cover staffing costs and resources.

Travel: Travel not included in the cost above. Members will need to be dropped off and collected by a parent/guardian, taxi, 1-1 support, or travel independently. Follow this link to download a pdf with directions to Surrey Docks Farm, and more travel information. 

Lunch: Attendees will need to bring lunch, snacks and drinks as required.

Equipment: You will be told what clothing and equipment you might need. 

Address: Surrey Docks Farm, Rotherhithe Street, South Wharf, London SE16 5ET

Times: Wednesday: 10am–3pm

What to do next:  if you would like to attend and have a personal budget in place, follow the link to the Surrey Docks Farm Contact Us page (below), and let them know you are interested. They can then arrange a farm visit to meet the Training Coordinators, have a look around the site and discuss things further. They can also offer a free taster session to ensure clients are happy, before they commit to the project.

ContactSurrey Docks Farm Training Project - Contact Us

Telephone: N/A

WebsiteSurrey Docks Farm

Out and about

'PLUS' Wild Rovers

A programme of planned activities that take you out and about, updated every month. There are a wide range of activities on offer, which can include playing football, going to Greenwich Market, or visiting a new park. 

Cost:

  • £5 for people who can attend with no support or provide own support (Group Tutor / Coordinator Only)
  • £40 for workshops and shared support. (Includes cost of Course Tutor and ‘At Workshop’ shared support worker from PLUS)

This is usually paid through direct payments or a personal budget. Individual entry fees for activities and one off or special events will be payable in addition to the above cost.

For people who require high levels of support (e.g. 1-1) this can be provided through our outreach service – please contact for detail. 

Travel: Travel to Belmont Hill is not included in the cost above - members will need to be dropped off and collected by a parent/guardian, taxi, 1-1 support, or travel independently.

Lunch: Group meets up at local café ‘Café Delight’ to have lunch together. Members will need to purchase lunch themselves or bring in a packed lunch, snacks and drinks as required

Equipment: Please bring your Travel Card. Wear shoes/clothing suitable for walking/weather. Otherwise none required.

Address: Group meets and ends at Belmont Hill, Lewisham at ‘Café Delight’ opposite PLUS office, 6 Belmont Hill, SE13 5BD

Times: Thursday: 12pm–4pm

What to do next: If you wish to attend, or you need any information, please contact Michael.

Contact: Michael William Pennington – michaelp@plus-services.org

Telephone: 0208 297 1250

WebsitePLUS Services

Lewisham Nexus 'My Lewisham'

An opportunity to work on 'My Lewisham', a newsletter and website for people living in Lewisham. Here you can develop your: journalistic, computer, photography, editing and more media-related skills.

Cost: The cost will be based on assessed level of need, and is via a direct payment or a private payment and arrangement direct to NEXUS.

  • high level of need: £153.63 (Full Day) £76.81 (Half Day)
  • medium level of need: £78.33 (Full Day) £39.16 (Half Day)
  • low level of need: £55.95 (Full Day) £27.97 (Half Day)

Travel: Travel not included in the cost above. Members will need to be dropped off and collected by a parent/guardian, taxi, 1-1 support, or travel independently.

Lunch: Students will need to bring lunch and snacks as required.  

Equipment: No equipment needed. 

Address: Lewisham Nexus, Catford Office, 84-86 Rushey Green, Catford SE6 4HW

Times: Tuesday and Friday: 9:30am–3pm (Full days and half days available) 

What to do next: If you wish to attend, or you need any information, please email or phone. 

Contactenquiries@aurora-nexus.org

Telephone: 0208 613 9965

WebsiteLewisham Nexus

Three Cs Well Connected

Come and make some new friends and plan activities together

Cost: Starting at £25.00 for the session. This is usually paid through direct payments or a personal budget. Costs will be agreed with you after your assessment. 

Travel: Travel is not included in the cost above. Members will need to be dropped off and collected by a parent/guardian, taxi, 1-1 support, or travel independently.

Lunch: Students will need to bring snacks as required. Tea, coffee and squash provided

Equipment: No equipment required. 

Address: Three Cs, 82-84 Childers Street, Deptford, SE8 5FS

Times: Wednesday: 1.30pm–3pm

What to do next: If you wish to attend, or you need any information, please call Sharon Latter.

Contact: Sharon Latter - sharon.latter@threecs.co.uk

Telephone: 07711 377 543

WebsiteThree Cs

Sport

Tideways Sailing

Quickly pick up the basics in our easy to sail accessible dinghies, while the Dock provides a sheltered environment in which to learn. No previous experience required.

Cost: £5 per 2 hour session, with subscriptions for regular sailors. Taster session is free. 

Travel: Travel is not included in the cost above. Members will need to be dropped off and collected by a parent/guardian, taxi, 1-1 support, or travel independently. Free car parking is available on site.

Lunch: Attendees will need to bring in a packed lunch, snacks and drinks as required.

Equipment: On the day, the best clothes are trainers and casual wear. Please do remember that it is colder out on water; do bring an anorak, a hat and gloves.

Address: Surrey Docks Watersports Centre, Greenland Dock, Rope Street, London, SE16 7SX.

Times: Wednesday and Sunday: Sailing hours are 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm. 

What to do next: Please email them before you plan to visit to let them know you are interested and discuss any specific needs you may have. They need to have some essential information on all sailors and any carers who wish to sail, before you go on the water. Check the weather on the day you have planned to visit. They sail in most weathers (including rain) and only stop sailing if the wind gets too strong.

Contactinfo@tidewaysailability.org.uk

Telephone: 0207 237 9001 (sailing hours only)

Website: Tideway Sailability - Your First Visit

Fusion Table Tennis Club

Cost

  • general sessions: members' annual fee: £450, monthly: £50, daily: £7 (except Saturdays £10)
  • non-members: general session fees (non-members): adult: £10, juniors (under 18): £5
  • adult group coaching: £12 per session. 

Travel: Travel is not included in the cost above. Members will need to be dropped off and collected by a parent/guardian, taxi, 1-1 support, or travel independently.

Lunch: Attendees will need to bring snacks and drinks as required.

Equipment: Suitable clothing for moving around. 

Address: Fusion Table Tennis Club, Unit 2, Stockholm Road, London, SE16 3LP.

Times:

  • general sessions are on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 6pm, Saturday: 1pm, Sunday: 12 noon
  • adult group beginners' coaching: Tuesday 8pm-9pm

What to do next: Follow the website link to book online and guarantee your table, or call the numbers below. 

Telephone: 07958 713 002 or 07831 808 400

Website: Fusion Table Tennis Club

Staying healthy

Slimming World

Slimming World’s Food Optimising plan is a healthy, flexible approach, based on everyday foods, to help people lose weight. It’s a practical, family-friendly plan that fits easily into everyday life and doesn’t require complex weighing and measuring or obsessive calorie counting.

The aim of the groups is to motivate, share ideas, inspire and be inspired, make friends, and discover new, healthy lifestyle options. 

Costs

  • joining fee: £10.95
  • weekly fee: £5.95

Travel: Needs to be arranged by the person.

Refreshments: Bring refreshments as required. Remember this is all about health.

Equipment: No equipment required.

Address:

  • Lewisham Mondays: Lewisham Reformed Church, SE13 6HB
  • Grove Park Tuesdays: Burnt Ash Methodist Church, SE12 0QD.

Times

  • Lewisham Mondays: 5.30pm-7pm
  • Grove Park Tuesdays: 5.30pm-7pm

What to do nextIf you would like to ask any questions or sign up, please call Shaun.

Telephone: 07782 524 144

WebsiteSlimming World