Short-breaks and respite for adults with learning disabilities

As promised at our meeting in December last year, we are inviting families, carers and adults with learning disabilities to a follow up meeting.  If you haven’t been before, you are still very welcome to come along.

The meeting is on Wednesday 10 April and will be at the new Cherry Hub, from 5pm to 7pm.

You will have a chance to have a look round the new HUB and hear about some of the activities that are currently happening there.  We are also planning to invite some providers again to come along and present to you all, and we will update you on what has been happening since we last met.

The Cherry Hub is at: 171 St James’s Road, Croydon, CR0 2BY.  If you are driving, there is a free carpark at the rear of the centre, the entrance is via the carpark (at the rear of the building)

Refreshments will be available.

Please email  or  if you have any queries.

We look forward to seeing you, and other families there.

Hear Autism

Hear Autism is an initiative to ensure that the voice of Croydon’s autistic community is heard.

This initiative has been introduced by the Council’s Autism Partnership Board, of which the Chair is Councillor Jerry Fitzpatrick. Healthwatch Croydon is the Council’s Hear Autism partner.

The major event of Hear Autism is on 6th April. Come along and put forward your views.

When: Saturday 6th April 2019 10.30 am to 4 pm

Where: The Cherry Hub, 171 St James’s Road, Croydon, CR0 2BY

(Access via Cherry Orchard Garden Centre entrance in Sydenham Road)


Contact: jerry.fitzpatrick@croydon,gov,uk

Workshop for sexual and emotional health

PiP are running a free workshop designed for parents and carers which will help equip you with the skills and confidence to support your children in areas of sexual and emotional health.

Participants will also gain confidence to challenge inappropriate behaviours in an appropriate manner.

The session will be delivered in a relaxed fashion enabling participants to explore some key areas in sexuality and sex education, including:

    • Teaching privacy rules – How, and at what age, to discuss this
    • Inappropriate sexual behaviour and how to manage it
    • Personal space and boundaries of body
    • Relationships – how to ensure the child/young person stays safe and is able to be assertive
    • Sexual health – contraception
    • Keeping safe online

There will also allow time for individual questions.


Izzy Valenti is a freelance trainer with over 40 years’ experience working in health and social care settings.

Jake Macdonald has been working with people with learning disability and people on the autistic spectrum for 15 years

The workshop is being held on Tuesday 5th March from 10am-1pm at the Carers Support Centre in George Street.

If you would like to attend please contact the PIP Office on 020 8663 5626 or email

Places are limited.

Dementia Friendly Screening

David Lean Cinema proudly announces their first Dementia Friendly Screening –

Date:                      5 March

Time:                     Tea/coffee available from 10.15am, film starts at 11am

Venue:                   David Lean Cinema , Croydon Clocktower, Katharine St, Croydon CR9 1ET

Cost:                      Free (thanks to sponsors from the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance)

How to book:        Click here to reserve seats for VIVA LAS VEGAS

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.  There is an interval for people to take a break and tea and coffee will be served before the film starts.

VIVA LAS VEGAS (1964), starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret

Race car driver Lucky Jackson (Elvis) goes to Las Vegas to participate in the city’s first annual Grand Prix. Forced to work as a waiter to earn money to pay for a new car engine, he falls for local swimming instructor Rusty Martin (Ann-Margret).


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