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 be awarded funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.
This emergency funding will make a huge difference to our charity and it will help us to continue to provide vital support to the learning disabilities community during this difficult and unprecedented times. Thanks to the Government for making this possible!
Public Health England (PHE)
Public Health England (PHE) and The Elfrida Society working together to update and improve accessible antenatal and newborn screening information.

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.


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.

A huge thank you to all our donors and supporters!