Compaid’s purpose-designed, fully accessible training centre in Paddock Wood in Kent provides a welcoming, social environment for a variety of disabled learners each day.

The majority of people who attend the centre have had to make significant changes to their lives to adapt to their disability, which is why focused support to help them learn skills and rebuild their confidence is so important. Currently over 70 people use the centre each week, from those with physical disabilities and sensory impairments, to others with learning disabilities, autism, and acquired brain injuries.

The individuals who receive our digital skills training are better able to live independently. They learn invaluable skills to harness the opportunities of the internet such as email and social media, with which they can build a network of support with family and friends. Using the internet, they can also search independently for goods and services, and purchase these directly, while also managing their finances and benefits online.

Client at Compaid Training Centre with staff member  Staff member at Compaid Training Centre

For maximum flexibility, sessions at the Centre can be taken in half days or full days, with each session focusing on individual objectives. There is also the opportunity for group work and projects, and many learners have seen their creative work displayed in public exhibitions and publications. Compaid works in partnership with other learning providers, such as the Workers Educational Association, to offer accredited courses where required.