Maldon Pioneers are people aged 18 and upwards with a mild to moderate learning disability who are either living at home with family, in supported accommodation or independently in their own accommodation. We provide a varied programme of social activities all year round to cater for our member’s needs.

We currently have about 30 Pioneers who participate in the activities. We have our own dedicated minibus and we arrange transport from points in Maldon District and back. On many outings we have to hire an additional minibus or use helpers’ private cars to cater for the numbers.

What do the Pioneers do?
Throughout the year Maldon Pioneers have an on-going programme of evening outings, for example, the cinema or bowling, a monthly disco at URC Witham, local shows and concerts and regular Karaoke Evenings at The Red Lion in Latchingdon. Often we organise day trips to places of interest.

There is a ‘Drop In’ session at All Saint’s Church in Maldon High Street on Monday mornings and a ‘Thursday Group’ at The United Reformed Church in Market Hill, Maldon during Term Time. At Thursday Group the morning is spent socialising and promoting health and wellbeing through physical activities, healthy eating and basic skills followed by a trip out to a local attraction.

Some Pioneers also attend ‘The Music Man Project’ on Monday afternoons at Maldon URC, they have performed at concerts in The London Palladium and The Royal Albert Hall.

In May the Pioneers enjoy a week at a Holiday Camp and from late July to early September, during our
‘Summer Scheme’ we organise at least 1 day out per week to places of interest within 1 to 2 hours travelling time from Maldon.

Our aim is to enable the Pioneers to gain social skills and interaction by participating in activities with their friends and the general public. Coping with new and sometimes bewildering experiences is easier in a group with support. By encouraging the development of these social skills we aim to promote independence and confidence.

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Why is the organisation necessary?
In 1982 a social worker in the local Social Services Department realised that there were a number of people who did not go to the Training Centre for people with a learning disability as their disability was assessed as not being severe enough to need the Centreʼs resources. They were, however, unable to participate in the usual community activities enjoyed by most of us. As a result they tended to be isolated and over-dependent on immediate family and carers.

Volunteering Opportunities

We are always looking for new volunteers to join our team
We rely on our volunteers who support activities, drive the minibus, fund raise or are on the committee. The Maldon Pioneers Association would like to thank everyone who contributes either financially, or gives their time, to help us with what we do!

Thank you!