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Caterham | Disability


Raised in 2024




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The Deacon Centre was established in 2020 in Caterham, Surrey, and is named after long-term local resident Joey Deacon who was born exactly 100 years earlier and who lived in the Caterham hospital for his entire adult life.

Joey was able to write and publish his autobiography Tongue Tied in the 1970s, despite being born with a very severe form of Cerebral Palsy - that saw him instutionalised and largely 'written off by the system' because he was unable to communicate in a conventional way.

Today the East Surrey area has many residential care facilities and a high concentration of Service Users with Physical, Mental, Learning and Communication disabilities, including Cerebral Palsy, Brain injury, severe Autism and Epilepsy.

Following Joey's example of triumph over adversity, we were set up provide 'creative spaces' where these Service Users - and their carers/support workers - can participate in Creative Writing, Art, Music, Drama and other fulfilling, life-enhancing activities where they can express themselves. We provide opportunities for self-actualisation; for people to really live, rather than merely 'exist'.

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What your gift could provide


buy craft materials so users with motor disabilities can make greeting cards for their loved ones


lease space to host a music workshop where users can play an electric guitar for the first time


run a creative writing workshop for small groups of severely disabled Service Users

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