Working with disabled people for disabled people

The Foundation aims to provide support to its members and to the families and carers of the adults and children who use its services. Our services are based on education, employment care, accommodation, training, social welfare and creating opportunities for people.

Did you know...

We were established 1952 as the ‘Spastic Society’.

Now we are based over 3 sites. Rutherford School is a special independent school for 3-19 year olds with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Rutherford school has been awarded ‘Outstanding’ during the last two OFSTED inspections in 2012 and 2015. Our highly unique Profound (Developmental) Curriculum is designed to provide education in an integrated manner incorporating learning, therapy and health needs for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties which are compounded by a high degree of dependency, and who require very specialised management for physical disabilities, sensory impairment and complex medical needs. The school’s holistic approach facilitates learning that is supported and managed by a specialist range of therapies which address physical disabilities, sensory impairments and complex medical needs.

At Rutherford School we work with parents and caregivers to provide excellent learning opportunities for students with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. Our school has a dedicated team of staff whose aim it is to enhance the lives of our pupils by ensuring that learning experiences are fun, varied and challenging.

Our team of specialised professionals design programmes with practical outcomes to foster independence, learning and achievement for each pupil through meeting individual needs and building on strengths and abilities. We want our pupils to enjoy being at school, to learn and achieve, and to be happy!

Bramley Hill, our day centre, provides a friendly and supportive environment with work, therapies and social and educational activities for people with cerebral palsy, degenerative conditions and acquired disabilities. Up to 60 adults from eighteen years of age onwards, with a very wide range of disabilities, attend the Centre, coming mainly from the Croydon area but also from surrounding boroughs. The Centre's aim is to encourage confidence, develop skills and to motivate individuals to use their abilities to the full so that they can maintain the best quality of life possible. A 'Person Centred Plan' and Care Package is devised for each client as they start attending the Day Centre. With a multi-disciplinary team providing support with activities and personal care, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, social worker support, a midday meal and transport, clients attending the Centre can feel confident that they will receive the best possible care and support.

Jean Garwood House is a residential home for 14 adults with physical disabilities. It also caters for those with additional learning disabilities and sensory impairments. The house is registered with the London Borough of Croydon under the Care Standards Act 2000 and thus is subject to regular inspections. The house is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and there is always at least two staff on shift. All residents have the use of a communal kitchen, lounge, dining room and garden. The kitchen is partly adapted for use by those in wheel chairs.

Meals, laundry and cleaning are provided but residents are encouraged to do as much as they can for themselves. The fundamental philosophy of Jean Garwood House is to support and empower the residents to maximise their quality of life and to maintain and develop new skills. In order to do this staff, work as key workers to individual residents and each resident undergoes twice yearly reviews to make sure the service provided is meeting their needs.

With the support of the staff, residents are encouraged to participate as much as possible in the running of the home. The residents meet on a monthly basis with the Foundation's Social Worker to discuss any matters which may have arisen over the last month. During the last Care Quality Commission visit, the home was rated ‘good’ in all categories apart from one. They received an ‘outstanding’ in the most important category of all, Caring.

What makes the Garwood Foundation different

The service we offer is unique not only in Croydon, but also in surrounding boroughs. Equally, the quality, complexity and profundity of the services on offer is very unique for a local charity.

Did we mention that we have ‘Outstanding’ Inspections at our school twice in a row?

Other ways to support

Volunteering in one of our sites or one of our 3 charity shops

Donating pre-loved goods to our charity shops

Being a marathon runner for the London Marathon to raise money and awareness for us

Being a cyclist for the Prudential Ride London-Surrey

Hosting your own event


1A Melville Avenue
South Croydon

Contact Number

020 8688 7560