Students are encouraged to learn independence skills in their own accommodation.
Orpheus students with Dame Judi Dench and Joanna Lumley at the Lingfield Summer Race Day
The Orpheus Performance Group performing Do You Hear The People Sing? from Les Miserables at Stilgoe & Stilgoe
The Learning Team support students through the transition programme on their journey to independence.
Take on a challenge in 2017 to help raise funds for Orpheus.
The Orpheus Centre is an independent specialist day college in Surrey. We provide personalized study programmes for young disabled adults preparing them for adulthood and developing their independence skills through performance and the arts.
We believe that every young disabled person should have the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers and we offer a supported housing scheme and a domiciliary care service alongside our education provision. Our students are between the ages of 18 and 25. They usually stay at Orpheus for up to three years.
At Orpheus we focus on ability, not disability. We use our students’ passion for performing and visual arts to progress their confidence and life skills. We prepare students for adulthood: to live independently, to find employment, to have an active social life, to contribute to their local community and to lead a healthy lifestyle. When students leave Orpheus they are supported to have a safe and successful transition. Of our 2016 graduates, 100% are now living independently or in supported housing.
As a specialist college, our curriculum is diverse and personalized to meet students’ needs. Our students come from across the country and all have moderate learning and/or physical disabilities. We provide individualized learning in the context of students’ Education Health and Care Plans leading to qualifications in life skills and the arts. Our reputation is of innovative and expert leaders in disability arts.
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