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.





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:

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


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

If you have any queries please call us 020 8684 5890 or email us


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:

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:

Home Owners and private sector tenants in New Addington are still very welcome to be supported through our Croydon Healthy Homes programme:



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


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