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.

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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6GzjfyXUaI

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: chas@selce.org.uk

Home Owners and private sector tenants in New Addington are still very welcome to be supported through our Croydon Healthy Homes programme: www.croydon.gov.uk/healthyhomes

 

 

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 tanyafitzgerald@carersinfo.org.uk

 

I AM.

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.

https://www.orpheus.org.uk/iam

 

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