Coronavirus (Covid -19) update

We really hope everyone is well.
Please click on the links below for up to date information on Coronavirus.
If you are having difficulties or want to talk to someone, please call us on 020 8684 5890 or email


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.





Support Worker.

Sessional Support Workers
Hourly pay – £10.75 (£10.95 for drivers) plus holiday pay


As a member of our staff bank you will be invited to work when the need arises at our day services, evening social clubs and weekend activities (no shift work).


Opportunities include supporting adults with a learning disability at our Walking Groups for 2-3 hours on a Saturday or Sunday. A walk in a local park will be followed by a cup of tea.


Bank support workers at Clubs @ Leslie Park need to have a current driving licence as they will be driving our 9 seater people carrier / minibus. This is not essential for bank staff working in our other clubs and services.





Job Description and Person Specification – please click on the links to download


Sessional Support Worker



Information Pack – please click on the link to download


Croydon Mencap Information Pack for job applicants




Please read the job description and the information pack before starting your online application.


Please complete all 3 forms.


Croydon Mencap job application form

DBS consent form                           

Equality and Diversity form            



If you have any questions please contact us

020 8684 5890

Parents in Partnership.

A Joint Communication from

Parents in Partnership and Croydon Mencap

September 2020

We are writing to announce that Croydon Mencap (CM) has accepted a request from Parents in Partnership (PIP) that the two charities should merge. Please be assured that the PIP team will be supported to continue their high quality of service to families in Croydon.

The decision has not been taken lightly. For a number of years PIP has been reliant on securing funding from a variety of sources. This has become more difficult each year and in the current economic climate it has become almost impossible for a small charity like PIP to achieve financial security.  The trustees of PIP have carefully examined the financial position and have considered the options available, including closure of the service by March 2021.

Therefore we are grateful to CM for taking us under their wing. Merging with a well-respected local charity will provide greater job security for PIP staff and the highly valued services they provide. For CM, the new arrangement will enhance and expand the array of support that it is able to provide to parents, carers and families of children, young people and adults with additional needs in Croydon.

The PIP staff will provide their services from the Croydon Mencap offices in Thornton Heath as ‘Parents in Partnership @ Croydon Mencap’.

The date of the formal joining of the two charities will be announced once all legal formalities have been completed. It is expected that this will happen within the current financial year, ending on 31 March 2021.

For further information please contact Alan Avis, Chief Executive at Croydon Mencap –

Trisha Holmes                                                 James Kiamtia-Cooper

Chairperson Parents in Partnership       Chairperson Croydon Mencap

Volunteering Buddies.

Would you like to support people to try new experiences and be part of the wider Croydon community?


We have an exciting and rewarding new project which aims to support people with learning disabilities in the borough of Croydon.


We are looking for Buddies who have the time each week to take part in a social activity and have a chat. This may be online such as on Zoom or Whatsapp video, or on the phone.


Part of the Buddies role will be to encourage people to try new activities, either online or following safe social distancing advice.


The project was set up to support people with learning disabilities to take part in volunteering roles in Croydon. As the situation with Covid-19 improves to allow this, we will introduce this element. Our borough has plenty of projects that are crying out for our time and attention!


This opportunity is ideal for people who

  • are interested in providing real hands-on support to people with learning disabilities
  • have an interest in community-based services
  • are able to show empathy
  • can build a friendly relationship while maintaining boundaries


Croydon Mencap are delivering this project in partnership with Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA).

They will provide expert advice and support throughout.


Croydon Voluntary Action application link

Supported activity.

Supported activity for adults (over 18) with a learning disability


If you need support to get outdoors

If you are a carer in need of some respite

Our experienced fully trained staff may be able to help


Suggested activities –

Local walk or game in a park

Outside craft activity

We will add more activities when it is safe to


Our staff will follow government guidelines on social distancing (when safe) and wearing PPE when needed


A full assessment will be carried out before the 1st session.


Cost is £25 per hour – maximum of 3 hours per session


For more information please contact Abi

07307 163787

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

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.




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