The Grange Centre for People with Disabilities provides vital services supporting people with learning disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
We believe everyone is different but everyone has potential and our support workers have seen people learn to cook, improve their communication, get a work placement, paid work or even move into independent living in the community.
The Grange was founded in 1938 as ‘The School of Stitchery and Lace’ by Miss Julia Sweet. A talented needlewoman, she was a pioneer in teaching skills to young women with disabilities so that they could gain employment and support themselves. The School had a reputation for high quality work and made many royal commissions.
The School has a quirky collection of letters commissioning clothes and embroidered gifts. A letter from Queen Elizabeth’s nurse asks the School to make a copy of her favourite dress as she had grown out of it.
Our work today
The Grange is unique in Surrey as we are able to offer accommodation, care support and a wide range of skills training and activities all on one beautiful 8-acre site in Bookham. Our services are most suited for people with mild to moderate disabilities.
We are a regulated care provider, a charity and a housing association and we provide three services – Residential Care for those with higher care needs, Supported Living for people working towards independence and Skills & Activities – a wide range of training, work experience and mini businesses.