Orpheus provides supported housing and a diverse curriculum of performing arts, independence, functional and life skills to over 40 young disabled adults every year.
We have 27 tenants currently living at Orpheus in our new supported housing and 20 students accessing our learning programme on a full- or part-time basis, with more students nationwide taking part in our short courses.
Orpheus is based in Surrey and was founded by Sir Richard Stilgoe in 1998. It is an independent specialist college offering a learning programme, supported housing and a domiciliary care service. Our students are between the ages of 18 and 25 and have learning and/or physical impairments. Our diverse curriculum covers the arts, independence, employment and functional skills.
Over the past sixteen years Orpheus has transformed the lives of hundreds of young people and their families. Our students have performed at venues all over the country including the Paralympics, Buckingham Palace and Glastonbury. Our goal is for young disabled people to have the skills and opportunities they need so that they can live fulfilling and independent lives.
Volunteers are a vital part of the Orpheus community and enhance every aspect of centre life.
Graham Whitehead, CEO
Orpheus has provided a safe space for our son to grow in maturity and to uncover some abilities that may have remained hidden. As a parent, I am immensely grateful.
Ric Adams, parent
The things I love most at Orpheus are drama, dancing and music. I’m also leaning how to live independently. I get out more than I used to and make my own choices.
Orpheus on film
Our history and what we stand for
Orpheus started in Sir Richard’s former family home in Godstone, Surrey. Although it started with five students it quickly grew in size and reputation. Read more about our History
Learning and living at Orpheus
From the moment you start at Orpheus you will be learning skills to help you live independently. You will improve in practical skills that are needed in everyday life, learning and work. Read more about Learning and Living at Orpheus
Different ways to support our work
Orpheus is a registered charity. Without the generosity of supporters and volunteers quite simply we would cease to exist. How you can support our work