ALDAG is a small charity providing social and work opportunities for young adults with a learning disability. Our members come from various towns in Surrey including Ashtead, Bookham, Leatherhead, Cobham, Fetcham, Epsom, Ewell, Guildford, Redhill, Banstead, North Holmwood, Abinger Hammer and Dorking.
Everyone needs friends and through all our social activities we aim to support our young members in maintaining friendships that they have developed and to build new ones in a supportive environment. Social activities all support the development of confidence and self-esteem as well as helping to reduce anxiety.
A learning disability should not stop anyone from leading an active and enjoyable life or from being supported to get out and about in their local community. The clubs provide a familiar place to meet up with friends and enjoy a variety of activities together whilst our small groups and holiday breaks enable the young people to access leisure activities in the wider community. Our craft workshop focuses on producing upcycled goods and craft products using recycled items, whilst learning new craft skills as well as providing a valuable social activity.
We began in 2003 with activity based days for a fortnight at the beginning of the summer holiday. Activities were organised after consultation with the group.
Over the next few years we enjoyed visits to the cinema, bowling, boat trips, seaside, sea life centres, cooking our own lunch, arts and crafts, football fun days, etc.
Conquerors Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at The Dell Centre, St Giles Church, Park Lane, Ashtead KT21 1EJ. It starts at 7pm and finishes at 9.30pm.
The club is open to people with learning disabilities living in Ashtead and surrounding areas and provides the opportunity to socialise and enjoy time with friends.
Well, we were all set up to go…and then the pandemic. Unfortunately, we have not been able to start our recycling craft project but we are ready to go with volunteers in place! Our craft workshop is situated in Phoenix House in Ashtead just next to the railway station with easy access for young people. It links to our Re Use It shop ethos as an upcycling and craft workshop providing a different type of work experience and set of skills.