Bromley Mencap is an independent self-funded charity working with disabled people.
Within the London Borough of Bromley, as in within many other areas across the country, there are areas of real and serious need. For many disabled people this need is even further aggravated by the gap in opportunities and lifestyle between them and other local inhabitants.
This is where the tireless efforts of Bromley Mencap’s on behalf of disabled people, their parents and carers is vital to the community. Bromley Mencap believe that their clients - from young children right through to elderly people - have a need and right to live like others in the community, and to have a reasonable quality of life.
Their team of full and part time staff, supported by a loyal group of volunteers, are constantly working to provide a range of services and activities for disabled people, their parents and carers in and around Bromley.
Parents and carers
If you feel that your disabled child would enjoy having tea and making friends in the safety and comfort of a family home, then tapping into Bromley Mencap's childminding network could be just the answer.
Or for over 60s who are still caring for a disabled child, specialist workers can make sure you are getting all the services and benefits you are entitled to, as well as helping out with practical problems and planning for the future.
Bromley Mencap also run the Saturday scheme based at Astley Centre, which is a respite scheme that includes sensory cookery, karaoke, dancing for all, theatre workshops, art and the occasional day out too.
Services provided by Bromley Mencap include advocacy, respite, peer support, short breaks, childminding, workshops and information.
Social and leisure
Being disabled doesn't mean that social and leisure options are restricted. In fact the year is packed with social events!
Bromley Mencap run a number of events and activities to keep the community entertained. Whether it's family fun days, keep fit, nature trails or discos, there's something for everyone!
For those with cerebral palsy in particular, the Monday Afternooners club is a monthly recreation club which offers an annual programme that is varied with two or three indoor meetings and eight or nine outings. Click here to see the upcoming events.
Volunteering and donating
If you'd like to help Bromley Mencap there are so many ways for you to get involved.
There's a real mix of volunteering opportunities, ranging from fundraising, administration and marketing to helping our parties and discos go with a swing!
Or you can make a donation any time by visiting our online donation page here.