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Click here for more information about this important campaign and how you can support it.

Because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency Elfrida has made changes to the way we work. We want to keep people safe. But we can still work with you to offer specialist advocacy, guidance, information and support. We will not be able to see you face to face unless it is an emergency and we can work with you safely. You can keep contact with us using the phone or emails. We can also help you to contact us using other ways such as video links.

To find out more phone: 020 7359 7443
Email: advocacy@elfrida.com or ParentsAdvocacy@elfrida.com

Click here for more info about Advocacy Services.
Click here for easy read information about our advocacy services and Coronavirus guidance and services available in Islington

Our Vision
Our vision is for a better world, social justice and equality of opportunity for people with learning disabilities.

Our mission is to support and work with people who have learning disabilities. Our aim is to provide services and support that help people with learning disabilities build connections, have happy and independent lives, and have fun.

Our values of trust, care, choice and opportunity reflect our history and have been developed in consultation with our staff, service users and trustees. These values are embedded into the mission, vision and overall aim and objectives of the organisation and all our projects.



Daughters of Fortune: Training Package
Arts-based resources for health and social care professionals relating to parents with learning disabilities
“If we get the right support from the beginning, we’ll get to keep our kids”. LD Parent

Background - Since 2015, Mind the Gap has been capturing stories from learning disabled parents and undertaking research alongside clinical psychologists, midwives, geneticists, social workers, council officers and advocates. This research directly fed into the project Daughters of Fortune, a ground-breaking arts and science project exploring learning-disability and parenthood.

The Elfrida Society Parents have been involved and consulted every step of the way…. A big thanks to all the Learning Disabled Parents for your participation and valuable contribution!
Select the button below for more info and access to the free resources.
The Elfrida Society is delighted to support Islington Learning Disability Partnership (ILDP) and Islington CCG leading the way in vaccinating service users with learning disabilities through an innovative vaccination clinic and outreach programme.
People with learning disabilities are six times more likely to die from COVID-19 infection. This startling statistic highlights the importance of vaccinating people with learning disability against COVID-19. Unfortunately, people with learning disabilities can face a range of barriers when it comes to getting their COVID-19 vaccination. To tackle these barriers, Islington Learning Disabilities Partnership (ILDP) teamed up with the Islington GP federation to create an innovative vaccination clinic for people with learning disabilities and their carers, one of the first of its kind in England.
PHE Screening Inequalities Conference on catch up in full via the PHE Screening blog and all the presentation slides are available on the conference website
The conference, held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, focused on sharing learning to reduce screening inequalities for people with learning disabilities, featuring the Elfrida Society’s Supported Employees Adrian, Celia and Martin.
Highlights included a thought-provoking keynote speech from Baroness Sheila Hollins, video clips of people with learning disabilities talking about their experiences of screening, local case studies of work to reduce inequalities and a demonstration of the NHS Digital Reasonable Adjustment Flag national record system.

To achieve a better world, social justice and equal opportunities, we work in partnership with learning disabled people. This is because people with learning disabilities have the answers to transform society’s attitude towards disability.

Digital Support

“Get Digital” Support for adults with a learning disability living in Islington.

The Elfrida Society, in partnership with Digital Unite, can help you to get a free internet tablet preloaded with data and free digital support if you are facing a combination of digital exclusion. Our offer includes support to set up and get familiar with your new tablet and internet access. We cannot offer ongoing digital training but can help you find support that is available locally.

Click here for more information on the “Get Digital” Support on offer.

Contact the Elfrida Society Digital Inclusion Project to speak to the Digital Inclusion Support Worker of for more information


People with learning disabilities face many challenges. The impact of reduced government spending and changes in policy which are having an impact at local level.
To represent the voice of people with learning disabilities we deliver services such as one to one community advocacy, care act advocacy and health advocacy. We have user lead consultation groups and specialist advocacy for parents with learning disabilities. Along with sports activities for people to exercise, meet people, learn new skills and have fun.


It all began in 1916. At the age of 45, Elfrida Rathbone began teaching in Kings Cross at a special kindergarten started by her cousin, for children deemed ‘uneducable’.

Throughout the years The Elfrida Society, initially known as Elfrida Rathbone Islington, has continued to build on Elfrida’s work with people with learning disabilities, which it continues to do today. The Elfrida Society has a strong record of campaigning for inclusivity and against injustice, and has a cherished community base which provides a range of services for its beneficiaries and its aims are to continue and expand its work.

Contact Us

Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm

Tel: 0207 359 7443
Email: elfrida@elfrida.com
Address: The Elfrida Society, 34 Islington Park Street, N1 1PX

Elfridaparents@elfrida.com - for enquiries about our parents’ advocacy
advocacy@elfrida.com – for enquiries about our advocacy and sports projects
monitors@elfrida.com or PandCReps@elfrida.com – for enquiries about our consultation projects

If you want to drop in to see us, please phone, email or write to us to make an appointment.


In such a difficult an uncertain economic climate your invaluable support is ever more crucial to be able to sustain our services and continue to support people with learning disabilities.

You can help us by making a regular or one off gift-aided donation to our organisation; donating your time to volunteer or organising a fundraising event/sponsored event.


Your volunteering with The Elfrida Society will helps us achieve our vision for a better world, social justice and equality of opportunity for people with learning disabilities.

Ways To Donate

However you choose to give, we are incredibly grateful for your support. In giving towards our work you’re helping empower people with learning disabilities to build a fairer and happier society.

Email Us
To donate now please email elfrida@elfrida.com or fundraising@elfrida.com.

A huge thank you to all our donors and supporters!