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Croydon Mencap represents the interests of people with learning disabilities, their families and carers within the London Borough of Croydon.

We are a charitable voluntary organisation and registered charity with our own Board of voluntary Trustees/Directors. Croydon Mencap’s purpose is to provide advice, information and support through a range of projects and services. Croydon Mencap is affiliated to Royal Mencap but is not financially supported or governed by its National body.





Yvonne Pennant-Taylor.

We recently lost Yvonne, our dear friend and colleague at Croydon Mencap, who very sadly passed away from Coronavirus in June.

Yvonne will be hugely missed by everyone whose lives she touched during her long career supporting people with learning disabilities.

Her enthusiasm to offer the best service for the people she supported was infectious and she embraced the challenges that came with her role; going above and beyond what was expected of her at work to benefit so many people.

Following a long career at Lambeth and Southwark Mencap, Yvonne came to work with us last summer and worked tirelessly to launch our Active Lives programme offering weekend and evening activities for Croydon residents with learning disabilities.

In the time she worked with us, we saw only a snapshot of the positive impact she had on the lives of people she supported but we are determined to continue her incredible legacy; supporting people to live the lives they choose.

We are putting together a memory book of times we have spent with Yvonne including photos, messages, drawings and paintings.

Please post your contributions to us or email them to abigail@croydonmencap.org.uk

We have also started a collection for Yvonne’s family. If you would like to contribute to this, please make cheques payable to Croydon Mencap and add a note to say it is for Yvonne’s collection.

We will always remember the kindness and humour Yvonne brought to the office, to activities and to every outing that she loved to organise and take part in and we will miss her very much.


Volunteering Buddies Project.

Volunteering Buddies Project

Our new Volunteering Buddies Project is for adults with learning disabilities.

Do you need something to look forward to for when we are back to normal?

Have you heard about all the people volunteering at the moment?

Have you thought “I want to do that, but would need some support”?

Well we could have the opportunity for you!

The Volunteering Buddies Project will match you with a trained Volunteer Buddy to support you to get ready for a volunteering role, and get started.

If you are interested, email or call Abi for more details and a short form


07307 163787

Active Lives.

Active Lives is a new project from Croydon Mencap and is for adults with a learning disability (aged 18 and over).

Active Lives offers fun activities in the evenings and at weekends.

At each activity there will be staff to support you and help you have a good time.

Escorted travel is available so please contact Yvonne to discuss your individual support needs.

Yvonne Pennant-Taylor
020 8684 5890
07510 593 236

Our new Active Lives brochure lists all the events planned from January 2020 until March 2020.

Click on the link to read the Active Lives brochure online: http://bit.ly/34EtBEo

Or download the pdf here: Active-Lives-Jan-to-March-2020.pdf


Bereavement Support for current and former carers.

Losing someone close to you can be a difficult time. If you are a current or former carer going through a bereavement, we are here for you. We can offer support, someone to talk to, and the chance to join a bereavement support group. We can also signpost to one-to-one counselling if you need it. Unlike other types of bereavement support, our service is tailored to the needs of current and former carers. A carer looks after a relative, friend or neighbour who needs support due to illness, disability or old age.

Our support groups
Groups are open to current and former carers of a Croydon resident who have experienced a bereavement at least four to six months before joining. If your bereavement was more recent, please still get in touch with us. We can listen to you and help you find the right support for you.

How do the groups work?
Groups are facilitated by a qualified and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) registered counsellor. You will have the chance to talk, listen, explore your feelings and find strength.

We run several blocks of sessions throughout the year. Each group runs for seven weeks and is held on a Friday, 10.30am-12noon. They are completely free but advance booking is essential. Contact us for future dates. Groups take place at the Carers Support Centre (first floor), 24 George Street, Croydon CR0 1PB. Please note that there is no step-free access to the room. If you have accessibility needs, please let us know.

For more information, or just to talk to someone about what you’re going through, call Tanya on 020 8649 6280 or email tanyafitzgerald@carersinfo.org.uk


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