A new social club for adults with special needs has opened in Hackbridge.

Grayble Social Club, based at the BedZED Pavillion, offers a wide range of activities for adults aged between 18-35, providing opportunities for members to socialise, learn new skills and have fun.

With the support of extra volunteers the club is able to meet in diverse venues, from pubs to discos in the area.

Abbey Sanders, founder/Director from The Grayble Social Club, said: “ My vision to open a social club for adults with special needs has come true. We now have 28 members signed up and each week we all take part in a new activity.”

“I started this club as I wanted to really make a difference in my local community.

"My idea started when I realised there was just not enough out there for adults with special needs.

"For me, this was just not fair and was stopping so many adults with special needs in our community having access to meeting new friends and sharing experiences.

"We are now in our 6th month of the Grayble Club and we are going from strength to strength.

"As a family and with our extra volunteers we have been able to offer varied interactive activities to adults with special needs like making our own music video, craft evenings and discos.

"As a team, we wanted to provide more opportunities in our community and we really feel like we have made a social impact

"Through the core values of equality,respect,inclusiveness, valuing difference, empowerment, education and participation, coming along to The Grayble Social Club will enable adults with special needs a chance to explore the interaction between themselves, their peers and the local community."

The group meets every other Thursday. Entry costs £5.

To find out more visit: https://www.thegraybleclub.co.uk/