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.
Every Friday a group of four young people meet to garden at our allotment where we grow flowers and vegetables for Café ALDAG.
We also undertake garden maintenance around St. George’s Christian Centre, for a local special school and in addition do some paid work for individuals who need help to keep their garden in order!
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.
Cups & Co
Cups & Co is our latest project currently in process. The coffee shop will increase and diversify the number of overall trainee places that we currently provide in our shop, church-based café and gardening team as well as extending choices for our young people.
ALDAG’s supported employment provisions all aim to provide an employment pathway leading to paid work in the community through real work in the young people’s community as well as longer term voluntary employment for some of our young people.
The ReUse-It Shop
Our re-use and recycle shop offers job opportunities to young adults with learning disabilities, run by ALDAG, we can be found at 62a West Street, Dorking, Surrey. Tuesday - Saturday 9.30am - 5pm.
The shop provides a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience in retail and customer interaction, learn new skills and being part of a team, for some people this will provide a stepping stone to to paid employment.
Open Doors Café
The Open Doors Café can be found in the Dorking United Reformed Church (a few doors down from our shop in West Street) every Thursday from 10am to 2pm during school term time. The cafe serves a variety of cakes, drinks and light lunches.
The café is a partnership between the church and ALDAG and aims to provide fulfilling long term work experience for four adults with a learning disability by developing hospitality skills and in doing so to provide a valued service to the church community and local people.
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.