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Location: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Grove Cottage, the Home of Bishops Stortford MENCAP Grove Cottage provides social and educational activities for people of all ages with learning disability: to develop their potential, avoid social isolation by supporting lifelong friendships and to provide respite for their families. History Grove Cottage was set up in 1964 by a group of parents to provide lifelong support for their children. To offer a safe environment to engage in a variety of activities to maximise every individuals potential and to offer respite and support for parents and the wider care network. What do we offer? Children can start in the nursery/pre school from 3 months old. From 3 years old they can join Saturday clubs. At 12 they are able to join the evening youth club and when they are ready, normally by 25 they transfer to the adult clubs. We also run holiday clubs for all ages and a speech and language therapy group for pre school and school age children Pre School Nursery Tues, Wed, Thurs – 9.30 – 2.30 Youth Club Tues Evenings Adults Clubs Wed & Thurs Evenings Saturday club Every Saturday Holiday Clubs 2 – 3 days per week over school holidays Speech and Language Therapy Individual and group sessions as required (2 – 12years) Who do we help? We have over 120 active members attend the clubs we offer at Grove Cottage each week. It is not just the members attending the clubs that benefit but also the parents, carers, siblings and wider care network that gain from the respite and support available. What is our vision? We hope that as our members pass from childhood to adulthood, they will learn new skills and maintain a strong network of friends that will minimise the risk of social isolation as they become older.

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