News about The Squad


19 Nov 2017 Autumn at the Vets' Club

It's been an exciting autumn so far at the Vets' Club, both out and about around London and back at the John Innes HQ. We've also welcomed two new members from the Juniors' Club, and it's been fantast…


14 Nov 2017 Backgammon tournament on 26th November

Are you The Squad's Champion backgammon player? Take part in our exclusive tournament  on 26 November to find out and help our Save The Squad appeal!

We are very proud to announce The Squad's debut b…


19 Oct 2017 And... ACTION! Squad takes to the stage!

This week Juniors spent the first part of the session doing dress rehearsals for our show.  Meanwhile, our costume and props department upstairs accommodated last minute requests for show essentials, …


15 Oct 2017 Help save The Squad! Our fundraising appeal continues

Squad's fundraising appeal continues on our Total Giving page.  

Unfortunately large cuts in funding over the past few years have left The Squad in a precarious position. Your donations will help us …


12 Oct 2017 The show must go on! Rehearsals and party preparation

The young people at Squad wanted to hold a Halloween party this year, so we thought we had better start planning it! Tonight one group was tasked with making decorations and did an excellent job.

Mea…


09 Oct 2017 Help save The Squad!

Unfortunately large cuts in funding over the past few years have left The Squad in a precarious position. Your donations will help us keep our doors open while we continue to pursue more sustainable l…


05 Oct 2017 Drama games and costume design

Tonight the Juniors' drama project continued with members creating some fantastic costumes and props for the show.

Whilst they were hard at work, the rest of the young people relaxed with a games nig…


21 Sep 2017 Let the show begin! Juniors embark on a drama project...

When we planned the programme this term, Juniors said they wanted to do some script-writing as well as some drama, so we thought why not combine the two?

Tonight we did some brainstorming of all the …


30 Jul 2017 Vets go to Kew Gardens

The Vets have just had a summer day trip to Kew Gardens, followed by a meal at Pizza Express in Wimbledon.

We travelled there by tube

After getting there, we went to the Hive. This was a really weir…


20 Jul 2017 Party and Farewell

Tonight both clubs held a joint party to celebrate the end of term. But also to say farewell to two special people.

James Dellow has been the club leader for the Juniors (and before the Vets Club was…


06 Jul 2017 Spontaneous meander around Mitcham

The Vets Club was looking forward to a guided tour around the Wandle Industrial Museum, and learning about the industries and mills that had historically existed along and around the River Wandle in p…


22 Jun 2017 Park days

On both 15th June and 22nd the club was able to get to the park!! 

Young people were so excited for the park and for some; it was their first time to the park with Squad. 

Young people choose the eq…


15 Jun 2017 Vets enjoy summer stroll through Morden Hall Park

One of the Vets' favourite activities so far this term has been our evening stroll through Morden Hall Park. It was a gorgeous summer evening, with the sun just beginning to set as we gathered outside…


08 Jun 2017 Quiz night

During this session group sessions from the beginning of term were continued.

Young people had two quizzes to get involved with. One was a picture round for films and TV which had up to 30 points ava…


25 May 2017 Party night

Our last session of last half term included a party as planned by the young people. 

Young people were setting up the decorations and party equipment they had created the week before, whilst the rest…


18 May 2017 Story writing and party planning

At the Juniors Club this week, the members carried on their story writing session, looking at how they could turn stories into comics. The young people were given a template that they could follow or …


11 May 2017 Cooking, story writing and e-safety

This week at the Juniors Club, one group of young people were involved in a cooking session where they made homemade salsa, guacamole and Spanish omelet. The members mashed the avocados with the lime …


04 May 2017 Magic tricks and portraits

This week the Juniors Club had three activities for our young members to engage with. These were:

  • planning a Saturday trip
  • drawing self portraits
  • learning magic tricks.

The group planning the …


27 Apr 2017 Second week activities at the Juniors Club

For our second week of term at the Juniors Club we made cookies and flapjacks, played basketball in the main hall, and had an art session upstairs.

Our basketball session was broken up with drills an…


20 Apr 2017 Marshmallows, spaghetti and a quiz marks the start of term for the Juniors

Our first week back at the Juniors Club included spaghetti and marshmallow towers, and a picture quiz.

Young people created their own towers and it was great to see our members communicating and shar…


18 Apr 2017 Vets Programme published

The schedule of activities for the Vets Club for the next half term has been published.

The next half-term's activities include:

  • A visit to Southside House in Wimbledon
  • A Circus Performance at th…

17 Apr 2017 New Programme published for the Juniors Club

The Juniors Club programme for the next half-term has now been published. With three activities taking place at each club night there's something for everyone.

Click here to download the Programme.


07 Apr 2017 Getting ready for Easter

Tonight we had a brilliant session at the Juniors Club celebrating Easter early. The members had a big Easter egg scavenger hunt.

Young people were broken up into teams of six with 12 clues to get t…


23 Mar 2017 Making some Mothers Day magic

Tonight at the Juniors Club we had a great time making some brilliant Mothers Day cards.

Young people were given some templates that they could follow if they wanted, but our members were extremely c…


16 Mar 2017 Activities to celebrate St Patrick's Day

We had some great activities this week at the Juniors Club for our members to enjoy. With St Patrick's day coming up we had rainbow making and hat designing as well as smoothie making in the kitchen, …


09 Mar 2017 Local councillors receive a warm welcome at The Squad!

Tonight at The Squad we had a really exciting session, as two local Merton councillors received a warm welcome during a visit to the Juniors and Vets Clubs. 

Katy Neep (Cabinet Member for Children's …


13 Feb 2017 The Squad is featured in two articles

The Squad was mentioned in a full-page article in both the Merton Mencap and Adults First newsletters this month.

Ivana Orsinova, the Vets Club leader, provided some highlights from recent club night…


09 Jun 2016 Vets Deputy Club Leader is runner-up for prestigious volunteering award!

Eric Richardson, has been named as runner-up for the Merton Volunteer Partnership Volunteer of the Year 2016! Everyone at The Squad is very proud of his fantastic achievement. Eric was short-listed fr…


13 Apr 2017 We're looking for a new Chair of Trustees

Could you be the person to help us move to the next level?

We are looking for the right person to lead our Board of Trustees.

You need to be able to give overall strategic direction and manage a boa…


29 May 2016 Deputy Club Leader nominated for prestigious volunteering award!

We are delighted that Eric Richardson, Deputy Club Leader of our Vets club, has been short-listed by the Merton Voluntary Service Council for their Volunteer of the Year Award! The winner will be anno…


10 Dec 2015 Vets visit the Wellcome Collection

This evening, the Vets Club has been visiting the Wellcome Collection in London.

There is a really interesting exhibit all about Tibet. It reminded us of when we had a yoga class.


08 Oct 2015 Jigsaws

Tonight, at the Juniors Club, we designed our own jigsaws! 


26 Aug 2015 Happy 21st Birthday to us!

We celebrated our 21st birthday in style with a fun-packed party held at Cricket Green school on 11 July 2015. Our guests included current members, trustees, volunteers , charitable partners and even …

23 Aug 2015 Could you be the next leader of our club for adults with learning disabilities?

We're recruiting again!

Josie Robinson, who joined us in February is going back to University. We are very sad to see her go, but wish her all the best for the future.

To apply, see CharityJob.co.uk…


05 Jul 2015 Fruit Kebabs

We are embracing the start of summer by making some healthy, not to mention tasty, fruit kebabs. Joshua was pleased to be able to help choose fruit at the supermarket so that he could have a kebab mad…


05 Jul 2015 Squad Recipe Book Project

We have had an idea to make a Squad recipe book. Tonight we tried out a smoothie recipe!


05 Jul 2015 Fancy Dress Party

We are holding a fancy dress night with the juniors tonight and have some great costumes!


05 Jul 2015 Squad Juniors Holiday

This weekend, Squad Juniors went on a residential to Woodrow High House! We had a jam-packed few days of swimming, the nightline, whacky races and even a campfire. We made our own rockets which blaste…


23 May 2015 Circus Skills

The Vets club were all Clowns for the night with the help of circus clown Rico. We learnt balance, hand eye coordination, timing and technique by trying out hula hooping, juggling, plate spinning and …


21 Apr 2015 Announcing our Anniversary Celebration on 11th July

We are pleased to announce that we are going to be having a party on Saturday 11th July this year to celebrate our 21st year. (Note that 11th July is a change to the original date due to problems with…


19 Apr 2015 Pizza portrait workshop

The Vets Club was delighted to have Sophie Martin, an Early Years Educator and Illustrator, come and run a pizza workshop for us! We used lots of yummy and healthy ingredients to make portraits of oth…


25 Mar 2015 New Vets Club Leader

Hi! My name's Josie and I am delighted to be part of the Vets Club as the newly recruited Leader!

I am passionate about making positive changes for adults with learning disabilities and under my guid…


12 Dec 2014 Carol Singing 2014

Last Thursday, the Squad went to Wimbledon station to sing carols.

We sang carols to all the people who passed by in the ticket hall going to and from the trains and tubes.

This is something we've d…


24 Nov 2014 We're Hiring: Leader of club for adults with learning disabilities

We are thrilled to announce that we now have funding for a paid worker to take the Vets Club to the next level!

To apply, see CharityJob.co.uk. Please send your CV and a covering letter on why you ar…


17 Aug 2014 New Website

Our website was showing its age and we needed a new one.

We now have up-to-date information about our activities and the new site works much better on devices like smartphones.

This is just the begi…


29 Jun 2014 Radio project

The Squad is currently running an exciting radio project. Members of the Squad are able to record, produce and edit their own show. Topics discussed on the show so far have included bullying and autis…