Communities

As a small charity, we value the work of local community groups and charities. We’re pleased to offer our Community Access Scheme to welcome local charitable groups for free.

If you think your group may be eligible, please get in touch with the Learning Coordinator at community@waterandsteam.org.uk or call on 0203 728 4973. We would love to hear about your group, what you do, who you work with, and how we can facilitate your visit.

Over the years we have worked with a number of local groups including Speak Out, Hounslow Borough Respiratory Support Group and Our Barn. We also enjoy welcoming special interest groups such as the All Aboard Club for autistic children, young people and adults.

All Aboard Club

All Aboard Club (www.allaboardclub.com) runs inclusive play sessions for autistic and ADHD children, where they can build and play with our huge train sets in a safe, inclusive and understanding environment. Working with the London Museum of Water & Steam has been incredible – their welcoming and flexible approach has allowed us to provide regular play sessions in an amazing environment, where the families can have some time to relax and have fun.

Richard, All Aboard Club Director

Speak Out in Hounslow

At Speak Out in Hounslow we support adults with learning disabilities and/or autism to Speak Out, be heard and listened to. For the last 6 years we have been running a popular arts and crafts group at the London Museum of Water & Steam. Due to its success, we have added other activities that include gardening, line dancing and sensory stories, that we deliver in the museum grounds. The LMWS has been vitally important to us, our members and their support during the COVID-19 pandemic. When we open up after the lockdowns we are always told that the activities we do are ‘ lifesavers’ but we could not do it without the museum. Just being there makes us all feel happy and part of a welcoming community.  

Sally, Speak Out in Hounslow Co-Director