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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

    Poppy, student

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