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Celebrating Diversity | Nurturing Potential

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

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  • adventure playground, outdoor play, pirate play, play

    Here are some of the new systems in place to keep our children, young people and young adults safe:

    The temperature of each child/young person will be checked at the door and, if necessary, a socially distanced queue will be formed at the gates. Temperature readings will be contactless and will not be written down. 

    Pick up and drop off will take place at the gates. We will not be able to invite parents/carers into the centre.

    There will be clear markings for social distancing and the children/young people will be introduced to the new systems on arrival.

    PPE will be worn by all staff.

    Face coverings will be available for the children/young people, on request. 

    Cleaning will take place before/after every session and regularly throughout the day.

    Hand hygiene gel will be positioned at accessible points throughout the centre.

    We have reduced the number of spaces for each service, to aid social distancing. We would advise you to book early.

    If you would like to make an appointment with one of the managers to discuss the new health & safety measures, please email services@thelimes.org.uk and we will be happy to arrange this.

    Play may be a little different now but we will make sure it's still lots of fun. See you soon!

     

  • The Limes Holiday Playscheme, Autumn 2020

    If you're booked in for Playscheme tomorrow...Yay!  We can't wait to see you.

    Don't forget a warm jacket, if you want to play outside too. Let the fun begin!!

    #HolidayActivities #Play #ActivitiesForKids #FunForKids #e17 #walthamforest thelimes.org.uk

  • IH with Bowl of Tomato Soup in Zest Kitchen at The Limes 300920

    IH was so happy to be back at Zest Kitchen, he immediately rustled up some delicious tomato soup.

    And it really was delicious!

    Zest Kitchen is the culinary strand of our Creative Journeys programme, preparing young people (age 18-25) with disabilities for employment.

    Find out more:  thelimes.org.uk/services/zest-kitchen

     

We are delighted to tell you about our collaboration with the brilliant local social enterprise, thinkFound. We are now the proud home to lots of beautifully designed custom storage and can't wait for you to see it all!  

Read the full story of a great community alliance...

Our services

toddler group, play, activities, e17

Tuesday/Thursday/Friday
(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. 

 

Family play, inclusive, Saturday, activities, E17

First Saturday of the month:
9:30am-11:30am
 
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. 

 

Wednesdays (term time): 3:30- 5:30pm
Come and join us for arts, dance, drama and music making.

 

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. 

 

 

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 
(term time): 4-6.30pm

The Club is a free, open access drop-in session for local young people aged 10-17.

 

Go For It

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.

 

Wednesday (term time):
6:30pm-8:30pm

Join our youth club and you could be going on trips to central London, bowling, trying out activities such as cooking, playing on the Wii or watching films?

 

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

16 week programme.
Contact us to discuss options

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

16 week programme.
Contact us to discuss options

Over the 16 weeks you will learn about growing seasons and what to grow for Zest Kitchen, how to market your produce and other important gardening skills.

 

Crafting Sessions

16 week programme.
Contact us to discuss options

Over the course of this creative programme you will learn a number of different skills used by artisans such as screen printing and carpentry, as well as other important workplace skills. 

 

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!

Pareezah Dowlut

Reception/Administration

Pareezah Dowlut

Reception/Administration

I am responsible for administration and reception and am happy to answer any queries about our services. I can also help if you are looking to book a party or hire a room, whether it's for a social event or a business meeting – we have lots to offer.

Feroza Dhuman

Reception/Administration

Feroza Dhuman

Reception/Administration

As receptionist and administrator here at The Limes I can provide information on the services we offer. I can also help if you are looking to book a social event or hire a room for a business meeting, we have plenty of options available.

Jessie Sayce

HR & Facilities Manager

Jessie Sayce

HR & Facilities Manager

Jessie Sayce joined the Limes family during lockdown 2020. As our new HR & Facilities Manager, she hit the ground running and set about preparing the centre to reopen. Jessie says, 'I've worked in lots of different places but I'm really excited to work at The Limes. It's full of passionate amazing people, doing great work and I'm excited to meet all our young people.' 

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

**UPDATE 11/09/20: Due to latest Govt guidelines regarding group gatherings, we are temporarily unable to accept any birthday party bookings for groups of more than six people.

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. Request call back

Room and venue hire

**UPDATE 11/09/20: Due to latest Govt guidelines regarding group gatherings, we are temporarily unable to accept any room or venue hire for groups of more than six people.

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 Request call back