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.
‘Just for Us’ Disco 7.30pm -10.30pm, Croydon Vision, Bedford Hall on the 11th November 2016
Croydon Council is carrying out its 2016 Carers’ survey, and would like Croydon carers to take part. This will be an opportunity for carers to share their views and help shape the council’s priorities for the next five years as the survey assists with updating the Carers strategy. If you would like to take part, please click on the link below:
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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.
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