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 things to do in the evenings or at weekends.

The Active Lives manager is Yvonne Pennant-Taylor. Yvonne is also new to Croydon Mencap, but previously worked at Lambeth & Southwark Mencap for over 25 years!

Our Active Lives brochure lists all the events planned from now until December 2019. Please contact Yvonne to discuss your individual support requirements.

Yvonne Pennant-Taylor
020 8684 5890
07510 593 236

Click on the link to read the Active Lives brochure online:

Or download the pdf here: Active Lives September – December 2019


Quiz Night.





















Quiz Night –
fundraising for Croydon Mencap

Date: Thursday 12th December 2019
Time: 7 pm
Place: Leslie Park, 60/61 Leslie Park Road, Croydon, CR0 6TP
Price: £3 a ticket

For members, carers, family – and anyone that wants to have a fun evening!

Bring your own drinks
Nibbles / snacks provided

Places are limited so book ASAP!!

To buy a ticket please send your
Contact number or email
Number of tickets required
and a cheque made payable to Croydon Mencap to:
Croydon Mencap, Portland House, 678 London Road, Thornton Heath CR7 7HU
020 8684 5890


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


KIDS SEND Conference.

There are still some places available at the KIDS SEND Conference on 28th November 2019 – if you would like to attend contact them as soon as possible to book a place –

The ‘Knowledge is Power, Know Your Rights’ conference for parents, young people and professionals…

Are you are a parent or professional in SEND field and looking to gain knowledge on what is available for children and young people with SEND at Croydon schools? Are you seeking valuable information on how Annual Review meetings should be managed at the schools? Would you like to find out more about your child school’s and LA duties? Are you interested in knowing about how to have an effective communication with LA during the tribunal process?

Are you a young person with SEND (dyslexia, anxiety, ADHD, ASD or any other additional needs) and interested in finding out how to get help at the school, college and community?

At this conference Croydon LA, Council for Disabled Children, independent solicitors and parents will share their knowledge, understanding and resources.

Lunch will be provided.
Don’t miss out on this informative conference.
Spaces are limited. Booking is essential.
Conference is FREE for parents and young people.
Professionals are asked to pay £35
Please book your place by e-mail:


Club night.

Club Soda presents a club night run by people with learning disabilities – Soda Crew DJs

DJ sets from: 4Blue, X, Mennis, Soul Sista, Flashback, Tony Cool, Queen Pop, Dangerous Damien, Princess Anne, B Jonez + guest

Monday 9th Dec

Tickets £5 on the door. Support workers free but contributions welcome.

Doors 7-10.30 pm. Open to everyone 18+

Funhouse, 91-101 High Street, Croydon, CR0 1QF

Accessible venue


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