Celebrating Diversity | Nurturing Potential

Here at The Limes Community and Children's Centre, we provide a safe space for children and young people, with or without disabilities to play, learn, develop and achieve.
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Our services

Tanz toddlers in E17

Come and meet other local parents, enjoy our fabulous facilities, planned play experiences and interactive singing and story time. 

 

Saturday morning play for all the family. Scoot around our adventure playground, make a mess at our arts and crafts table or chill out in our sensory room. 

 

Sensory Playtime at The Limes Walthamstow

Specialist Toddler group for children with Special Educational Needs, Disability or Autism and their families.

 

Come and join us for arts, dance, drama and music making.

 

Teenscheme

An individual tailored plan gives you the opportunity to develop a plan that centres around you.

 

Monday/tuesday/thursday 4 - 6.30pm open access term time drop in

 

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.

 

Would you like to go on trips to central London, bowling, try out activities such as cooking, playing on the Wii or watching films?

 

Go For It

Enjoy going on trips out around London, seeing the sights or catching a film?

 

Teenscheme

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

 

Zest Kitchen, Walthamstow

Zest Kitchen is part of our Creative Journeys project and offers a 16 week programme during which you will be taught barista skills, baking skills and how to run front of house.

 

Edible Forest Garden

Over the 16 weeks you will learn about what vegetables to grow when, what vegetables are best for the market, how to market your products and other important gardening skills.

 

Crafting Sessions

Over 16 weeks you will learn a number of different skills used by artisans such as screen printing, carpentry as well as other important workplace skills. 

 

Friends Empowered

Friends Empowered is a self advocacy group for young people (18-25) with learning disabilities.

 

The Limes has always been shaped by the children and families that we serve. Our Makers and Shapers sessions are divided by age ( under 12’s and 13+).

 

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

My role is to lead the management team to deliver the best services possible. 

I work hard to make opportunities to hear the voice of the children and young people we work for and to implement changes needed. 

Ana Ramos

Sensory Play Worker

Ana Ramos

Sensory Play Worker

I work with the Child and Family Support Coordinator 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 any short break service.

Karen Poole

Income Generation Officer

Karen Poole

Income Generation Officer

I am responsible for generating income from sales and rentals and developing personal, corporate and community fundraising initiatives. I can also help if you are looking to book a party or hire a room for a business meeting or discuss the options for holding a social event at The Limes.

Pareezah Dowlut

Reception/Administration

Pareezah Dowlut

Reception/Administration

I am responsible for Administration and Reception. I can also help if you are looking to book a party or hire a room for a business meeting or discuss the options for holding a social event at The Limes.

Feroza Dhuman

Reception/Administration

Feroza Dhuman

Reception/Administration

I am responsible for Administration and Reception. I can also help if you are looking to book a party or hire a room for a business meeting or discuss the options for holding a social event at The Limes.

Ben Halschka

Services Director

Ben Halschka

Services Director

I have dedicated my entire professional life to social change. Before working at The Limes I managed various teams in child protection, youth offending services and bilingual educational settings.

I am passionate about community cohesion and the person centred approach. I chose to work at The Limes because of the charity’s commitment to social inclusion in East London and beyond.

Abby-Lee Widger

Finance and Facilities Manager

Abby-Lee Widger

Finance and Facilities Manager

I have managed the finances and operations of small charities for over twenty years. I am delighted to now be based in the heart of E17, putting my experience to good use for the benefit of all our children and young people. It is a pleasure to be able to walk or cycle to work every day and see The Limes in action.

Gavin Foster

Youth Lead

Gavin Foster

Youth Lead

I have worked for the limes for many years, first as a Community Support Worker and now as the Youth Lead.  My role is to empower, support and encourage young people so they have more control, involvement and choice as they move from childhood into adulthood.

I work hard to ensure I promote, develop and carry out activities and projects which support their needs. Putting them at the front of all I do to helps to facilitate a successful transitionGavin FOster in some pretty stressful areas, such as housing, employment, independent living skills and travel.

Elena Christodoulou

Creative Journeys Enterprise Manager

Elena Christodoulou

Creative Journeys Enterprise Manager

I am responsible for The Creative Journeys Enterprise project and our Sunday market where our young people sell the products they make and grow. Before I started this role I was a stay at home mother, a retail manager and a trainee Early Years teacher. I love The Limes because of the way it supports our community and gives a voice to the young people in East London.

James Lambert

Finance Officer

James Lambert

Finance Officer

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

When I’m not in the office, I also work as a Community Support Worker.  This 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.

Beatrice Pickles

Deputy Dog…

Beatrice Pickles

Deputy Dog…

…I'm Top Dog really!

Birthday parties and venue hire

Birthday parties

Your child can have a fantastic birthday party at the Limes. We have a large hall for eating, playing dancing and entertaining. We have soft play area with ballpit, slide and trampoline, a fantastic sensory room and a unique outdoor playground.We can even organise bouncy castles, entertainers and face painting.Call us on the number below or send us an quick enquiry and we'll call you back.Call 0208 509 8985 Request call back

Room and venue hire

The Limes in Walthamstow is a great place for meetings of all sorts. We have a hall to accommodate large events, and some smaller rooms for break-out sessions and smaller meetings. We are perfectly placed for public transport and have local free parking.We can provide training equipment like flipcharts, digital projectors and Internet connectivity as well as top class catering.Call 0208 509 8985 Request call back