Last modified: 9 June 2023

Charity and community partner organisations

ZSL's Community Access scheme provides discounted tickets to:

  • Low-income households
  • Refugees
  • People with additional needs or disabilities
  • People over the age of 60 and may be at risk of isolation

The scheme is currently open to people living in Greater London, and we work with a wide range of local councils, charities and community groups who apply for tickets and distribute them to the individuals and families they work with. Organisations in 31 out of the 33 London Boroughs are currently participating in the scheme. If you already have a relationship with such an organisation, please ask them if they’re already one of our partners. If not, we’d love to hear from them – please email us at [email protected].

How to apply to the scheme as a community organisation

If you are an organisation wanting to provide Community Access tickets to your service users, please apply to the scheme on the button below. We provide tickets to a wide range of organisations that meet the following criteria:

1. Your organisation works with or supports one or more of the following: 

  • People from low-income households, including refugees
  • People with additional needs or disabilities 
  • Older people (60+) 

2. Your organisation works with people living in any of the 33 London Boroughs. 

If you would like to enquire about the scheme, please contact our Community Engagement team at [email protected].

If you would like to apply directly, please do so on the link below:
Apply here

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