Charity (no. 272905)

The Garwood Foundation

"We promote the care, welfare, interest, treatment and education of people with disabilities"

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

Established in 1952, The Garwood Foundation promotes the care, welfare, interests, treatment, and advancement of education of adults and children who have profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), particularly those living in the London Boroughs of Croydon, Sutton, and Bromley (we also receive children and young people from all over London and Surrey). 

We provide a wide range of services, activities, facilities, therapies, and other support for adults and children who have PMLD through our Rutherford School, our Bramley Hill Day Centre and our Residential Home Jean Garwood House.

Our Services Are

Free Low Cost Subsidised Charged Donation Appreciated

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What We Do

Work undertaken by Rutherford School

Rutherford School is proud to offer the following specialist services and therapies:

Our Facilities

We offer inclusive education based on a multidisciplinary approach in our purpose-built classrooms, which are all fitted with an overhead hoisting track system.

The School Building

In the spring of 2008, HRH Princess Anne opened our brand new annexe to the existing Rutherford School Building. The school has 5 classrooms with bespoke fittings. All the classes have ceiling track hoists to facilitate the pupils’ comfort and to ensure safe manual handling practices. Four of the classes have their own en-suite bathrooms while the 5th has a bathroom in close proximity to the class. All bathrooms have shower and toilet facilities.

The school is home to:

  • An Outdoor Sensory Garden
  • 21st Century state of the art Interactive Learning Area (ILA), with advanced ICT features designed by Sensory Guru
  • AKKA Mobility Tracking System
  • A Multi-sensory room designed in consultation with Richard Hirstwood
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Rebound therapy facilities
  • External client service for Assessment, Hydrotherapy and Rebound
  • Saturday Club
  • Summer Club

Our Therapies

Rutherford School is proud to offer the following specialist therapies:

We also provide for example:

Santa’s Grotto,

Valentine’s Ball

Theatre Visits

Summer Fairs

Days out

Bramley Hill Centre

Available activities

The Centre provides its many clients with social contact and friendship in a caring community environment. A number of activities are available if clients wish to take part.

Arts and crafts


Adult Education

Adult education provides support instruction and enjoyment in areas such as reading, writing, arithmetic, money skills and use of the IT suite.


Popular and entertaining weekly sessions enable clients to participate in constructing a range of wooden items.


Work activity

The Centre has, historically, provided a selection of work opportunities.
Unfortunately with the closure of nearly all of Croydon's small manufacturing units and the change in production practices work contracts are now limited. However, some of our clients still enjoy assembling Remembrance Day poppies for the Royal British Legion and envelope stuffing for a local company.

Games and entertainment

Clients who do not wish to take part in formal activities can make use of the Centre’s available games and pastimes. Games and pastimes are available to cater for a range of interests and activities, from Duplo to a Nintendo Wii. Jigsaw of varying degrees of difficulty are also very popular. The recently acquired Scalextric layout is very popular.

The Centre also boasts a library which also caters for a range of interests and literacy skills.

Other regular group activities include Bingo, puzzles, karaoke and a film club.

Activities beyond the Centre


Providing the English weather allows, we take a group of clients once a week to use the adapted bikes at the Croydon arena - even those with mobility limitations enjoy the experience that this activity provides. Alternatively, we have been fortunate enough to obtain discounted entry in Bromley bowling alley which has proved to be very enjoyable, and again, accessible to clients of all levels of disabilities.

Narrowboat trips

The Centre arranges regular summer trips for clients to enjoy journeys on a specially adapted narrowboat on the River Wey.

Work undertaken by Jean Garwood House


Activities & Services

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 Conservatory

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 wheelchairs.

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.

Residents are encouraged to follow their own interests and hobbies with the assistance of staff if necessary. Most of the residents belong to some kind of social group. Activities are also planned within the home with those that are interested.

Outing to the local Bowling Alley

The first floor of the home has been converted to provide three rooms with en-suite bathrooms, a separate residents' lounge and a communal kitchen.  The residents are supported to learn independent living skills.

Staff support small group and individual holidays.

Jean Garwood House also has its own adapted vehicle. 

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