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


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



I AM from Michal Dzierza on Vimeo.

“I AM”, produced by Meehow Films, is an inspirational and moving exploration of the nature of ability that showcases the talents of four very different young people, challenging the audience’s preconceptions about diversity.

The short film features students and alumni of the Orpheus Centre including current nominee for the One Dance UK awards and the BBC’s Greatest Dancer contestant, Andrew Self.

The film stars former Orpheus students Awa, Steve and Sandra and was filmed on location at the Orpheus Centre, Oxted Barn Theatre, Caterham’s Ridge Radio and the London Colisuem.


Mencap Survey.

Mencap have asked us to share their survey link in case anyone would like to take part: –

Do you have a learning disability?
Are you over 18 years old?
We want to understand more about your experience of going
out and enjoying nightlife and social activities.

Your help with this could make a huge differencel!
Share your thoughts now:


Disability Social Club.


Thursdays 7pm to 10pm

Beckenham Public Hall
4 Bromley Road

Looking for something to do in the evening? Our social club is just for you! Come along for an evening of fun and
laughter. With music and bar you’ll soon be enjoying a great night out! £6.00 or free for Disability Social Club members.

About Us:
Disability Social Club was founded in 2019 by siblings Ben and Sasha Lindsay. Our aim is to provide social events for adults who are physically disabled or have learning disabilities.
We have Social Buddies on hand to ensure everyone feels welcome and help create a safe, relaxed and fun environment.
We do not provide personal care, please bring a carer if additional support is required.

Please contact us for more information
Call: 07983 912 539


Ruxley Manor Garden Centre.

CASS (Carers Assessment and Support Service) event for carers of a person with a learning disability.
Ruxley Manor Day Trip

Where:    Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, Sidcup, DA14 5BQ
When:     Friday 15th November 2019

Meet at corner of College Road, CR9 1DX at 9.45 am.
(This is a 5 minute walk from Fairfield Halls, near the Croydon College entrance) The coach will be leaving promptly at 10.00 am.

Leaving Ruxley Manor at 3pm coach returning to College Rd.

Please note the journey time can take up to 1 hour and is subject to travel conditions such as traffic etc. Please bear this in mind if booking return transport.

Ruxley Garden Centre’s Christmas department will be open for decorations, gifts & festive food. They also have an ice rink with an all-weather cover!
The Mulberry Tree restaurant on-site offers delicious, freshly prepared meals including toasted sandwiches, stone baked pizzas, homemade cakes and chilled desserts.

Travel: Coach arranged by Croydon Mencap
Cost: £7 per person. The coach cost has been subsidised by Croydon Council CASS funding.

You are welcome to bring the person you care for and family / friends subject to availability. Carers will have priority for places if the event is over subscribed.

If you wish to join us, please contact us ASAP to ask for a booking form.
020 8684 5890

Closing date for applications is Friday 8th November, however places will be allocated on a first come first served basis so please book ASAP.

If you have booked a place and are then unable to attend please let us know as soon as you can.


Christmas Dinner at Toby Carvery.

CASS (Carers Assessment and Support Service) event for carers of a person with a learning disability.
Christmas Dinner at the Toby Carvery

Where:   Toby Carvery 415 Brighton Rd South Croydon CR2 6ES
When:     Friday 6th December 2019 at 12 noon
(Meet at the restaurant)

Cost: You can choose the 2 course option for £6.29 or upgrade to the 3 course option for an extra £3.50. (Prices quoted include tip) Cost has been subsidised
by Croydon Council CASS funding.

Please indicate which option you would like on the booking form and enclose the correct amount. On the day, please purchase any drinks at the bar.

You are welcome to bring the person you care for and family / friends subject to availability. Carers will have priority for places if the event is over subscribed.

If you wish to join us, please contact us ASAP to ask for a booking form and menu.
020 8684 5890

Closing date for applications is Friday 29th November 2019, however places will be allocated on a first come first served basis so please book ASAP.

If you have booked a place and are then unable to attend please let us know as soon as you can.


SAVVY Theatre presents Treasure Island.


Come and join us on the high seas as we sail off on a classic adventure…

Young Jim Hawkins dreams of escaping his quiet country life; gazing out, day after day at the sea and imagining what lies beyond the horizon.

It’s not until a mysterious stranger arrives, pursued by a band of blood-thirsty pirates, all hunting for a map and a legendary treasure, that Jim is thrust into his long sought-after, sea-fairing adventure!

This brand-new interpretation, developed especially for SAVVY Theatre’s diverse cast, incorporates puppeteering and object theatre with swordfights and storytelling; an ambitious production, bringing this famous tale to life in true ‘SAVVY-Style’.

SAVVY is an inclusive theatre company, creating unique and accessible productions for both cast and audience.

Every year we bring our entire company together for our annual Christmas show, and this year it will be even more special as we look forward to welcoming you to our brand-new home at Fairfield Halls.

All performances of Treasure Island will be BSL interpreted.

7 pm, Friday 6th December 2019
2 pm & 7 pm, Saturday 7th December 2019

The SAVVY Studio
Fairfield Halls
Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG

Tickets: £12.50

Please Note:

An additional £3 transaction fee will be charged if you book online. If you book in person at the Fairfield Halls box office, no transaction fee will be charged.

Tickets are strictly limited. Early booking advised.

The show lasts for approximately 90 minutes.

There is no interval.

To book online please click on the link –


All of our shows are suitable for a family audience.

The venue is fully accessible. Please inform us if you require a wheelchair space.

We recommend you arrive at least 20 minutes before the start of the performance.

Tickets must be booked in advance.

We don’t do concession rates, however if you need to bring support with you to one of our shows, please contact us so we can arrange an additional ticket.

We don’t charge for babies or children under 2 years of age but do ask that if babies and small children are becoming restless that you discreetly take them out of the performance.

Parents/carers are responsible for any children and vulnerable adults throughout the show and ALL children must be accompanied by an adult.

Taking photographs and filming throughout the experience is allowed BUT PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF THE PERFORMERS AND OTHER AUDIENCE WHILE DOING SO. If you DO NOT want your images to appear on SAVVY Theatre’s various social media sites, then please alert a member of SAVVY Theatre’s Front of House team on arrival.

We have a great Front-of-House team who are on hand to assist and we are always happy to help, so do get in touch if you have any questions.

Cancellations & Refunds

In the unlikely event that we will need to cancel a show, we will endeavour to give you as much notice as possible. It will then be your choice whether you would like to move to another date or receive a full refund. Should YOU need to cancel a booking, refunds will only be given up to one week before the show.


Christmas Carol Service.

Croydon Mencap Christmas Carol Service

Thursday 12th December 1.15 pm

St Michael and All Angels with St James
7 Poplar Walk Croydon CR0 1UA

Please join us for tea, coffee and mince pies after the service


Dementia Friendly Screenings.






The David Lean Cinema, in partnership with the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance, are organising a series of popular music films throughout 2019.


These Dementia Friendly screenings aim to make cinema more accessible by providing a fun and inclusive experience to enable people living with dementia, their families and carers to attend the cinema in a safe and welcoming environment.


The lights are left on low, there are no adverts or trailers and the audience is allowed to move around or even sing along to any musical numbers if they’d like to.


Admission is free for people with dementia and their carers. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available before the screening.


The dates and titles of the films are listed on the flyer. All but the last film’s performances will start at 11am, with refreshments available from 10.15am. The December pre-Christmas performance will start at 2.30pm, with refreshments available at 1.45pm.

For more information and to book please visit


Croydon Mencap is very proud to be part of the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance (CDAA)
which is an active partnership working to raise awareness about dementia and helping to
make Croydon a dementia friendly borough that is inclusive for people living with the condition.






















Volunteering with Croydon Mencap

We have some exciting and rewarding roles available at our Leslie Park Activity Centre, a 10-minute walk from East Croydon Station, and our Monday Night Social Club in New Addington:

Please click here to download the application pack and return it to


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