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Westminster Society’s Memorial Garden at St Augustine’s Church

September 27th, 2014

E A Langley were recently approached by The Westminster Society to help them locate a suitable  memorial garden for their clients to visit and remember those that have passed away.

Paul Bye, District Manager for E A Langley, values the special relationship the Funeral Directors have with The Westminster Society, so was eager to assist with this request.

After some investigation a small plot was found within the grounds of St Augustine’s Church in Kilburn. A memorial service was organised in the church on 16th September for all of  the Westminster Society residents and staff to attend. In memory of those who had passed away, names were read out in the service and candles were lit at the Altar.

Afterwards, members and trustees of the Society were able to plant several rose bushes in the church garden.

The Westminster Society was founded in 1962 by a group of parents who wanted to make sure that there would be local services for children and adults with learning disabilities living in Westminster. This support group set up the first service provided by the Society – a specialist nursery for children with learning disabilities.

Since then the charity has continually grown. In the 1970’s the Society opened the first respite care home in London, a children’s home and accommodation for people with moderate learning disabilities. With the closure of the long stay hospitals in the 1980’s, the Society opened another 6 housing schemes, provided a training flat to support people to live more independently and opened its first service for people with severe learning and physical disabilities.

Over the last decade, the Society has opened a wider range of housing options for people with learning disabilities, from independent flats with minimal support to care homes for people who need high levels of 24 hour support. It has also developed an inclusive environment for mainstream children and those with learning disabilities at the Rainbow Family Centre and Lisson Green Play Centre and widened further its support to families through the Children’s Centre outreach teams.