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The Limes Community & Children's Centre, E17, is a fully inclusive, safe space for children & young people – with or without disabilities – to play, learn, develop, achieve and... have fun!

News

Important Announcement

With great regret, The Limes must inform its members that all services are suspended with immediate effect (Monday 29 November, 2021). Following reports of a safeguarding concern, the team are helping the relevant bodies in investigating the matter to its fullest. We understand that you may have questions arising from this statement but we are unable to comment on a live investigation.

As soon as we are able to share any information regarding when the centre will reopen, we will update you but while investigations are taking place, we will also be examining our internal processes and will take all the time necessary to ensure the most robust measures are in place to protect our children and young people.

We will keep you all informed as the situation progresses, as far as we are able to, and look forward to being able to resume services as soon as possible.

Our services

To access our services you must be a member. Family membership is £7.50 per year. Please contact admin@thelimes.org.uk to join

toddler group, play, activities, e17

Relaunched 21 Sept 2021: Tuesdays (term-time): 9.30am to 11.30am
Come and meet other local parents, enjoy our fabulous facilities, planned play experiences, sensory sessions and interactive singing and story time. 

 

Play scheme, holiday scheme, school holiday sessions

Schools holidays and weekends:
Contact us for details

Holiday and weekend scheme for children aged 6-12 years with Special Educational Needs, Disability or Autism.

 

schools sessions, play sessions

Contact us to discuss options
Our Play! Schools Sessions provide fun play time for SEND and non-disabled children from local primary schools. The sessions are facilitated by qualified and experienced members of The Limes Play team. 

 

 

Go For It

Relaunching 17 Sept 2021: Friday (term time):
6:30pm-8:30pm

Join our Go For It youth club and you could enjoy going on trips out around London, seeing the sights or catching a film.

 

Teenscheme

School holidays & weekends:
Contact us for details

Activities include trips out, bowling, boating, trampoline centres, events and museums in central London – as well as cooking, outdoor games, survival skills and Nintendo WII tournaments.

 

Outreach, tailored support, youth service

By arrangement
Tailored outreach support service, providing one-to-one support for children with SEND. 
Activities are led by each child’s preference, with the necessary extra support & guidance.

Zest Kitchen, Walthamstow

Culinary skills programme (accredited)

Zest Kitchen is part of our popular Creative Journeys programme and offers tailored plans for learning culinary skills.

Creative Journey is an accredited learning programme, designed to prepare you for life, employment and independence. 

Edible Forest Garden

Horticulture & Food Production programme (accredited).

Edible Forest Garden is part of our popular Creative Journeys programme and offers tailored plans for learning horticulture and food production skills.

Creative Journey is an accredited learning programme, designed to prepare you for life, employment and independence. 

 

Crafting Sessions

Craft & Design skills programme (accredited).

Make & Create is part of our popular Creative Journeys programme and offers tailored plans for learning crafting & design skills.

Creative Journeys is an accredited learning programme, designed to prepare you for life, employment and independence.

 

Teenscheme

Contact us to discuss options
An individually tailored plan gives you the opportunity to develop a plan that centres around your needs.

 

Indivdual dates – to be advised
The Limes has always been shaped by the children we serve, their input and ideas are invaluable. Our Makers and Shapers sessions are divided into groups, by age – under 12’s and 13+.

 

Individual dates - to be advised
Each term we meet to discuss and plan next steps, consult on new services and offer support on a variety of issues faced by parents of disabled children.

 

Read what children and young people think about The Limes.

Our mission

Enjoy

Here at the Limes we make our services fun - and many people come back time and time again because they enjoy it.

Achieve

We help everyone at the Limes to achieve their potential - socially, emotionally and educationally.

Participate

We encourage and enable equal participation for everyone. We provide a very wide range of activities and have superb facilities.  

More about us

We are a small community and children's centre in Walthamstow. We  provide opportunities to play and participate for disabled children and young people. Our team of Trustees, Volunteers and Staff work together to support disabled children and young people, along with their able-bodied peers. Through a range of services and activities, as well as special projects we enable children and young people to reach their full potential socially, emotionally and educationally.

Parents believe their child is more independent since coming to the Limes: 65%
Parents believe their wellbeing has improved since their child started accessing services at The Limes: 92%
Agree/ agree strongly that their child is happier since attending the Limes: 84%
Agree/ agree strongly that their child likes coming to the Limes 100%
Believe their child is more confident since attending sessions at the Limes: 83%

Our staff

Liz Fraser

CEO

Liz Fraser

CEO

With over 25 years working in the 'Third' sector, I am passionate about inclusion. ! seek to ensure that the voice of the child or young person is always heard and is genuinely at the heart of everything we do.

The team and I work tirelessly to ensure that real and positive changes are made, that people are listened to and that the services we provide are creative, inclusive and fun!

Beatrice Pickles

Deputy Dog…

Beatrice Pickles

Deputy Dog…

…I'm Top Dog really!

Barry Day

Caretaker/ facilities maintenance

Barry Day

Caretaker/ facilities maintenance

I am proud to be the caretaker for The Limes. My job involves general maintenance and gardening.

I love the people that I work with here. I’ve never met a nicer group of people – everyone is smiling all the time!

James Lambert

Finance Officer

James Lambert

Finance Officer

I work in collaboration with other staff to process the sales, purchases and financial information, as well as assisting the Finance and Facilities Manager.

I also work as a Community Support Worker, which gives me the opportunity to work directly with those that attend the Limes. It’s the experience of supporting and encouraging the Young People that makes it such a rewarding and enjoyable job.

Stacey-Ann McNelis

Zest Kitchen Coordinator

Stacey-Ann McNelis

Zest Kitchen Coordinator

Having worked with children and adults with learning disabilities for 15 years, I am excited to be working within my local community and to lead the Zest Kitchen programme. Our aim is to support people to develop and achieve their goals while gaining valuable life skills and experience, that we hope will lead them to employment.  Creating and tasting some yummy food along the way is also a bonus!

Ana Ramos

Children's Lead

Ana Ramos

Children's Lead

Working closely with the the Services Director, I'm responsible for planning and delivering services for children from birth to twelve years old. Together we develop fun (sometimes messy) activities for the children attending the Toddler group, Family Playtime, after school creative arts session, Playschemes and short break services.

Birthday parties and venue hire

Birthday parties

We are accepting party bookings. We are still implementing some restrictions, for the ongoing safety of all who attend The Limes, to find out more about the options available, call us on the number below or send us an enquiry and we'll call you back. Request call back

Room and venue hire

We are accepting bookings for meetings and conferences. There are various spaces and configurations we can offer, to accommodate your requirements. We are still implementing some restrictions, for the ongoing safety of all who attend The Limes. To find out more about the options available, please call us on the number below or send us an enquiry and we'll call you back. Request call back