The Waltham Forest Disability Resource Centre first opened in 1988. Disabled people who were living in the Borough of Waltham Forest worked with Social Services to provide disabled adults with a Centre where they could learn new skills, promote independence and healthy living through various activities, to be chosen and managed by themselves, making it unique in the way it is run and the facilities it offers residents of the borough.
Part-funded by Social Services the DRC, a registered charity, is run by a Committee elected from the service users of the Centre as a registered charity. The Centre provides support staff and uses an accessible minibus to transport users to and from the Centre and other venues.
We provide services for disabled adults living in Waltham Forest and neighbouring boroughs.
Who is the WFDRC for?
The DRC is for people who want to learn, join in with others in the community and go forward with confidence and pride. The Centre aims to assist disabled people to develop themselves and make the most of their lives.
What does the Centre Offer?
The centre offers a varied programme including I. T., art, photography, exercise groups, multi-sports, needlecrafts, gardening and much more.
We hold occasional weekend and evening activities.
Practical support is offered by a team of workers trained to assist with service users . Specialised equipment is available including Braille equipment, adapted computers and induction loops. Sign language interpretation is available on request.
Volunteers and Staff
The DRC has a group of volunteers who give their time to various projects, including the fundraising necessary to help us expand our services.
The DRC employs a small number of permanent staff the majority of whom are themselves disabled.
Our opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm