The Grange Centre
The Grange Centre for People with Disabilities provides vital services supporting 125 people with light to moderate learning and physical disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives. We are unique in Surrey in that we can offer accommodation, care support and a wide range of skills training and activities all on one beautiful 8-acre site in Bookham. We also run a successful work experience programme with 30 local employers and several mini businesses, including gift shops, plant and produce sales and café sessions. We run the packing and posting arm of Books Beyond Words, a publishing house venture producing picture only books for people with learning disabilities.
We believe everyone is different but everyone has potential and our support workers have seen people learn to cook, improve their communication, travel, get a work placement, paid work or even move into independent living in the community.
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 which includes Horticulture, Catering, Creative arts, Woodwork and IT.
The Grange was founded in 1938 as 'The School of Stitchery and Lace' by Miss Julia Sweet. 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. Memorabilia from The School is now on permanent display in our Heritage Room.