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.
With a heavy heart I write today to share the sad news that our President and friend, Lord Brian Rix passed away over the weekend.
He is irreplaceable, an extraordinary human being, in every sense. He made Mencap the organisation that it is today, one that puts people with a learning disability at the forefront of everything we do.
He continually pushed for making change, change that was for the better for people’s lives and their families. He made our organisation great and one which I am immensely proud and honoured to work for.
It is hard to articulate the impact that he has made but for decades he has been a visionary at the heart of one of the most challenging movements of our modern history.
When his daughter Shelley was born in 1951 with a learning disability, he was told to put her away and forget about her. He, with his devoted wife Elspet, refused, and began a lifetime of tireless campaigning. The one aim being to transform the world for all those born with a learning disability, so that no other family would have to face that ill-informed, heartless prejudice again.
Lord Brian Rix’s name is synonymous with Mencap. Over decades of activism he has been our Secretary General, Chairman and up until his death, President of Mencap – always driving forward our mission. As a peer, he has championed our cause with zeal in the House of Lords, remaining outspoken until the very end. Anyone who saw his passionate media work fighting cuts to disability benefits with us last summer will remember this.
Many of you will have your own, treasured memories of Lord Rix. For myself, I will be using this time of reflection to take stock of all that he achieved in his life.
It is my passionate wish that we use his example as inspiration to redouble our own efforts to create a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included. That is the most fitting tribute we could pay to a truly great man.
I hope you will join me in marking his extraordinary life with a memorial service in the new year, and we will be in touch with further details soon.
With best wishes,
All of us at Croydon Mencap join Jan Tregelles in what she has written and would like to express our sincere sympathy to Lord Rix’s family at this very sad time. The world is a richer place because of his being such a wonderful person who brought joy and laughter to many and who helped society move forward in its understanding of learning disabilities. He will leave an enormous gap but has left such a wonderful legacy.
Leisure Link is a group of people who meet to share information about leisure activities for people with learning disabilities in Croydon. Leisure Link meetings take place once every two months. Everyone is welcome to come along to the meetings.
Please see Leisure Link Newsletter, below…
Having completed two years as our Chief Executive, Ray Hautot decided to move on to pastures new and left at the end of March. We wish him all the best for the future.
We are very pleased to be able to let you know that we have appointed a new CEO for Croydon Mencap, Alan Avis, who will be joining us in October. Alan has considerable experience of working in the field of learning disability and of the charity sector. We look forward to welcoming Alan to lead us forward in further developing and improving our services in Croydon.
Recently we became aware that one of the carers we support had received a bogus phone call. The caller mentioned “Mencap” and wanted the carer to give money. Fortunately on this occasion, the carer became suspicious and did not continue with the call.
We would like to remind you that Croydon Mencap will NEVER phone any of its members, asking them to donate money. We have also checked with Royal Mencap and again, they have assured us that they would not call someone to ask for money.
So, just a reminder to be on your guard against bogus phone calls. Never give your bank details to anyone over the phone. Never ring a number given to you by a suspicious caller – sometimes fraudsters will ask people to call another number in order to check their identity – and then stay on the line themselves. It is best to end the call and make further enquiries to find out if people are who they say they are.
If you ever have any concerns about something like this please ring us. We are here to support you.
Croydon Mencap is very sorry to learn that Margaret Binge, wife of the late David Binge, has passed away. Margaret was a supporter of Croydon Mencap for many years and regularly worked as a volunteer in our charity shop. The funeral is at 12 pm on Tuesday 12th July at Beckenham Crematorium.
We send our sympathies to Margaret’s family.
Please see below the Summer Holiday Scheme 2016 run by Royal Mencap.
Please note that THIS IS NOT A CROYDON MENCAP SCHEME,
so please book via the phone number or email address given on page 2.