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


Salsa Party Night.

Active Lives are planning a trip to the Kingston Mencap Sizzling Salsa Party Night on Saturday 26 October.

The price of £31 includes: Support, Transport, Food & Drink, Host DJ Tom, and a Salsa dance lesson from Nicola so that you can bust those moves on the dance floor

Please contact Yvonne for more information, to discuss individual support requirements, and/or book a place:

Yvonne Pennant-Taylor
020 8684 5890
07510 593 236



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:


Autism Hour at Purley Masjid.


As part of an initiative organised by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and the National Autistic Society, Purley Masjid will be participating in National Autism Hour

Visiting the Mosque is an integral part of a Muslim’s life but for many Autistic Muslims, it is often a difficult and anxiety-filled experience with bright lights, packed and crowded halls, loud announcements and Adhan. But simple measures can make the Mosque more accessible for them. In addition, the Autism Hour is open to people of all faiths and none and is a great way to engage with members of the wider local community.

The event includes sensory table top activities introducing the five pillars of Islam.

Date:   Sunday 6th October
Time:   10.30am to 12.00noon
Venue: Purley Masjid,
63 Whytecliffe Road South,
Purley, CR8 2AZ

This event is not just for those with Autism. It is open to all Special Needs / Disabilities
All Welcome – Muslims, other faiths, people of no faith.
Please forward details of this event to your friends and family.


Plant a bulb and have a coffee.

CASS (Carers Assessment and Support Service) event for carers of a person with a learning disability.
Plant a bulb and have a coffee on Monday 21st October between 12 and 2 pm. Meet other carers and make friends.

Hosted by Sue and Lloyd at
Croydon Mencap
Portland House
678 London Road
Thornton Heath

Please let Sue know if you can come
020 8684 5890


Club Soda presents Soda Beat.

Club Soda presents Soda Beat
A live music night run by people with learning disabilities.
Featuring System Experience, Sam Castell-Ward, Transient Visitors and The Carbonators.

On: Monday 21st October 2019
7 pm to 10 pm
Tickets are £5 on the door
Support workers free but contributions welcome
Open to everyone 14+

At: Fairfield Halls
Park Lane

Accessible venue


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


Activities and Clubs Centre Manager.

Job Title: Activities and Clubs Centre Manager

Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)

Salary: £ 28,489.50 plus pension contribution

Reports to: Operations Manager

Location: Clubs @ Leslie Park, 60-61 Leslie Park Road, Croydon CR0 6TP


We are adults with a learning disability who enjoy doing fun things and being more independent. Every day we go out to a different club or local activity with Croydon Mencap’s Clubs @ Leslie Park Centre and the Croydon Mencap staff give us great support.
We are looking for a brilliant new manager to lead the staff team and organise our activities and clubs. We want you to support and enable us using your experience and skills and, most of all, your passion.
When we go to cooking club we are chefs, and when we go to football club we are footballers! Do you have any ideas of other things we could be?
We need someone to coordinate our clubs, keep us safe, and talk to our social workers, families, and carers about how we are doing and all the projects we are taking part in.
Please see full job description and person specification for more information.

For an application pack or to find out more about Clubs @ Leslie Park, please email or call 020 8684 5890.
Deadline for applications 11pm Thursday 3rd October.
Interviews will be held on Thursday 10th October.


Download the application pack:    Centre Manager Application Pack


2019 09 11 JD MANAGER CLUBS @ LESLIE PARK June 2019



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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