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.

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.

Donate/Support our Work – 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. To find out more contact us on elfrida@elfrida.com

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

Ali.F.Jabeen@elfrida.com - for enquiries about our parents’ advocacy
Marcus.Muir@elfrida.com – for enquiries about our advocacy and sports projects
Adelle.Havard@elfrida.com – for enquiries about our user lead consultation projects

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