learning disabilities


Croydon respite plans are closed until further notice

Posted on August 30th, by Loren Dixon in Politics & Society. No Comments

Carer services in Croydon are being hit hard by closures

The word ‘closed’ is an interesting adjective. ‘Not open, having ceased trading.’ It has a certain finality about it, in that it cannot be questioned – only accepted. The ‘closed’ sign on a shop window or door gives an overall feeling of disappointment and annoyance. This subsides, though, as the following day it will be open again. … Read More »



Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Disco Disco

Posted on May 15th, by Rekha Shane in Culture. 1 Comment

You’ll laugh until you fall to the floor at this full-on side-splitter of a show

If you don’t want your face to ache from thirty minutes of laughing like a hyena on acid, then don’t go to this show. If on the other hand you are seeking pure, unadulterated hilarity, then get some facial exercises under your belt and rock up to Disco Disco.

The production … Read More »



Are we damaging our children through learning?

Posted on March 19th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

How can we ensure that our children learn more effectively, and have a better quality of life as adults?

There are many ways our society is damaging children’s learning. Among them as discussed at the Croydon Assembly/National Union of Education event on Saturday 24th February are funding cuts, testing, the lowering of qualifications needed by teachers, the adverse effects of increasing poverty and poor housing, the lack … Read More »



St Giles: a very special school indeed

Posted on February 28th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. No Comments

The unique challenges facing Croydon’s special schools

This year St Giles Special School celebrates 40 years at its site in Pampisford Road, South Croydon. The school started in Thornton Heath as a school for ‘Physically Defective Children’. It then moved to Featherbed Lane in 1933, where it stayed until moving to its current site in 1977. Later this year, St Giles will hold events to celebrate the … Read More »



Behind the scenes with Croydon’s disability DJs

Posted on August 10th, by Catherine Payne in Culture. No Comments

Catherine Payne gets the lowdown on Croydon’s friendliest club night

On 27th June, the Bad Apple nightclub hosted an evening of drinking, dancing and DJing. Yet this was not your regular drunken foray from Croydon’s many seasoned (and sauced) clubbers. In fact, this was a Monday night; which meant that it was Club Soda’s time to party. Club Soda is Croydon’s own pioneering not-for-profit arts organisation. It provides … Read More »



London’s first regular live music night for musicians with learning disabilities to return to Croydon in May

Posted on May 4th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Soda Beat, London’s first regular integrated live music event for musicians with learning disabilities from the UK’s rapidly growing learning-disabled music scene, will return to Croydon on Monday 11th May. at 7pm.

Release begins: Soda Beat is produced by Club Soda, who run some of London’s most popular learning disability arts events, including club nights, theatre performances and art exhibitions.

 Featuring:

 Catherine O’Rourke

The super … Read More »



London’s first regular live music night for musicians with learning disabilities returns to Croydon in February

Posted on February 11th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Soda Beat, London’s first regular integrated live music event for musicians with learning disabilities from the UK’s rapidly growing learning-disabled music scene, introduces Soda Beat #5. 

Release begins: Soda Beat is produced by Club Soda, who runs some of London’s most popular learning disability arts events, including club nights, theatre performances and art exhibitions.

Soda Beat #5 featuring:

The Carbonators

The Carbonators began as an … Read More »



BRIT School and Certitude launch student community award

Posted on October 13th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

As part of its commitment to building closer ties with local communities, Certitude is working with the renowned BRIT School (Croydon) to create a new award for students who make a positive contribution to their local community.

Release begins: The“Making a Difference Award” which is launched on October 6, will reward senior BRIT School students who go the extra mile to enable people in the local community to “flourish, contribute and lead the … Read More »