Website of the Deacon Centre, Caterham - a creative space for Service Users with Physical, Mental, Learning and Communicative Disabilities, inspired by the life and work of Joey Deacon.


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Latest news

Got spare time? Want to help out your local community?

We are looking to recruit a volunteer fundraiser to join our team. The commitment is only 2-3 hours a week and the role will involve distributing and collecting donation boxes from local businesses, putting funding and grant applications together, and generally helping our charity raise a few extra pennies! Email us for further information.

We are also looking to add a new Trustee to our team who can help us with our Social Media game (which is really bad!)

And finally, if you have a talent (crochet? tapdancing? poetry? Anything!) that you'd like to share with our service users at one of our interactive workshops, we'd love to hear from you!

Old news - but still worth reading!

Christmas 2023

Our 2023 Christmas Card (thumbnail)

Our 2023 Christmas Card is now here, featuring a pastel of Caterham Valley town centre from times past - check it out!

As we always like to say - have a very Merry Christmas and a happy, caring and creative 2024!

Autumn 2023

We're now running lots of new activity groups in East Surrey, including songwriting workshops and 'Prop Shop Improv' which combines drama, confidence building and (hopefully) a little bit of comedy! For more info check out our what we do page.

Spring 2023

Coming later this year: The first ever DC Variety show! Music! Comedy! Dancing!

It's going to be the most fun ever!

Winter 2022/2023

Drawing (thumbnail)

Thank you to everyone who came along to look at our Art exhibition in Caterham town centre.

We hope you enjoyed checking out our artwork, and if you haven't yet done so, why not donate to the Deacon Centre?

Christmas 2022

Our 2022 Christmas Card (thumbnail)

Our 2022 Christmas Card is now here! We had a lot of fun making this out of Quality Street wrappers, so check it out!

If we don't get to see you in person, have a very Merry Christmas and a happy, caring and creative 2023!

Autumn 2022

In response to requests, we've posted more information about who Joey Deacon actually was and how he lived his life in our local area.

Coming later this year: The DC Art exhibition - featuring artwork by Deacon Centre service users! (You'll really want to see this!)

Spring 2022

We have updated our downloads and media resources section with new posters and downloads - check it out!

Oh, and this is very exciting. Top Viz cartoonist Davey Jones has very kindly drawn us a fantastic piece of custom artwork featuring classic characters from the comic - we will soon be auctioning off the original artwork to raise funds for the Deacon Centre, so you will have a chance to own a unique piece of comic history!

Winter 2021/2022

We have published our 2022 prospectus - ambitious and nutritious! (well, maybe not actually nutritious, obviously)

We are now on Instagram!

Christmas 2022

Our 2021 Christmas Card (thumbnail)

Our first ever Christmas Card!

The Deacon Centre would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, caring and creative 2022!

Autumn 2021

We are looking to recruit an additional person to join our board of trustees. If this is something that interests you, please send us an email here.

Summer 2021

We are now on JustGiving and our trustee Uma is doing a sponsored weight loss! Go Uma!

The Deacon Centre now has a Twitter account - please follow us.

We also have a new media resources section where you can download posters to promote the centre and read our latest prospectus.

Spring 2021:

We are currently trialling user activity sessions with small groups of Service Users and are delighted to announce that we have received funding via the People's Postcode Lottery to help us with our work.

You can also now donate via, and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Winter 2020/2021:

Sadly the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions have further delayed our official launch - we plan to commence running activity sessions in a safe and socially-distanced way as soon as is possible.

However, we are now registered with the UK Charity Commission, and have published our 2021 Prospectus.