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.

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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
yvonne@croydonmencap.org.uk

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

 

Croydon Mencap advert

Croydon Mencap are advertising for new Trustees, both Ordinary Members and a Treasurer, to join our Board

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. You can find out more about us on our website www.croydonmencap.org.uk or by visiting our Facebook or Twitter.
As a trustee you will be able to use your skills and experience and have a direct influence over a cause you care about. It is a rewarding role, but there are responsibilities meaning you will need to give up enough time to help your charity succeed. Being a Trustee of a Charity means you are there to look after the charity’s work and ensure that it uses its money and resources properly, and that it is managed effectively through the paid staff. Trustees are also Company Directors as Croydon Mencap is registered as a company limited by guarantee. As Treasurer you will also have specific duties related to the oversight and management of the Charity’s finances, providing direction and operational support to the paid staff.
The Board of Trustees meets on average 4 times a year and everyone is also expected to attend the Annual General Meeting and an annual ‘Away Day’. Trustees may also be involved in short term specific interest task groups. If necessary, training is made available where needed e.g. to raise greater awareness to the needs of people with learning disabilities or carers’ issues.
Initially the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer will interview applicants and Trustees can be co-opted throughout the year by the Board. A number of checks are carried out prior to appointment, including a declaration that the potential trustee is not disqualified from standing. Once you have expressed an interest in joining the Croydon Mencap Board of Trustees the Chief Executive Officer or the Chairman will contact you and invite you for a meeting.
We are seeking applications for Ordinary Members and a Treasurer. We would also welcome applications from people with experience and/or interest in the areas below:

Trustee with a special interest in Marketing / Art & Design
for example
• Design / Art (creative/graphic design)
• Branding… charity/corporate, product or service
• Digital media/marketing relations and/or social media
• Copywriting (beneficial not essential)
An ideal candidate would be willing to…
• Lead on the development of a ‘simple’ small charity Marketing Plan
• Advise or contribute to internal and external digital media ideas relation to membership and services
• Advise on charity brand development (Designing leaflets, ideas for events branding etc.)

Trustee with a special interest in Legal matters
for example
• Data Protection
• Charity law
• Employment
• Contracts
• Risk management
An ideal candidate would be willing to…
• Lead or make a major contribution to all board business relating to legal matters
• Join or advise the board on charity governance om workforce and service delivery matters
• Take a broad base approach to contributing to issues relating to legal matters as they occur

For more information and an application pack, please contact Jo at jo@croydonmencap.org.uk

 

Monday Night Social Club.

Our Monday Night Social Club is not open on Monday 13th January but will return on Monday 20th January.

It will start at 7 pm and finish at 9 pm as usual.

It will be at the new centre (which is next door to the old centre)

The address of the new centre is
New Addington Leisure & Community Centre
88 Central Parade
New Addington
CROYDON
CR0 0JB

If you have any queries please call us 020 8684 5890 or email us info@croydonmencap.org.uk

 

Free flu vaccinations.

People with a learning disability and their carers can have free flu vaccinations

The Carers Support Centre in Croydon have one drop in session in November for carers and also provide this advice:
Carers get flu jabs? Every winter, the NHS encourages people over 65 and those with certain health conditions, such as asthma, to get a flu jab. But what many people don’t realise is that carers can get a free flu jab too.
Why bother? As a carer, getting a flu jab may not be high on your priority list. But if you catch flu, you may be out of action for a while. You will probably struggle to carry on caring. And if you do try to carry on, you could pass on the virus to the person you care for, putting their health at risk.
How do I get my free jab? With the help of local pharmacists, we are offering free flu jabs for carers at the Carers Support Centre. Upcoming dates are:
Monday 18 November 11 am – 12 noon
Both sessions are drop-ins. Vaccinations are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the flu jab, visit the NHS website.
I can’t make these drop-in dates: Don’t worry. If you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person who may be put at risk if you fall ill, and/or if you get Carer’s Allowance, you should be offered a free flu jab by your GP or pharmacy. If you haven’t been offered this, you can show them the Carers UK guidance. Some surgeries do flu jabs for carers and those they care for at the same time, so it is worth asking.

There are some Easy Read leaflets about flu that have been designed for people with a learning disability. Click on the buttons below to read or download the leaflets:

Protect yourself from flu, have the flu vaccine.

All about flu and how to stop getting it

 

New! Energy Cafes – every Tuesday in New Addington.

New! Energy Cafes – every Tuesday in New Addington

until the end of March 2020 at

Fieldway Family Centre Fieldway CR0 9BS                                       between 10am and 1pm

New Addington Pathfinders 120 Central Parade CR0 0JW           between 2pm and 5pm

The cafes will be run by South East London Community Energy (SELCE) – a not for profit organisation that provides impartial, one-to-one advice to households on how to reduce their energy bills and keep their homes warmer.

Chas Warlow, an experienced energy advisor, will be providing residents with impartial, customised advice on:

• How and why to switch energy tariffs
• How to manage fuel debt
• Grants for insulation and/or new heating systems
• Fuel grants (Warm Home Discount, Winter Fuel Payment, etc.)
• Practical tips to cut your energy bills while staying warm and healthy

This short video provides more information about the energy cafes and SELCE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6GzjfyXUaI

Chas will also be working in the New Addington area on Wednesdays and able to run workshops and other outreach activities at other venues. Please contact him directly if you would like to discuss running a session: chas@selce.org.uk

Home Owners and private sector tenants in New Addington are still very welcome to be supported through our Croydon Healthy Homes programme: www.croydon.gov.uk/healthyhomes

 

 

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