Charity of the Week – Bromley Mencap

Bromley mencapBromley Mencap is proud to be a self-funded, award-winning, user-led independent registered charity working with and on behalf of disabled people and, as it prepares to celebrate its 65th birthday next year, it’s hard to imagine what life was like for some disabled people and their families before it came into being.

“Bromley Mencap is our Lifeline. When we need information, advice or even just a friend to talk to they are there for us.”

The staff and volunteers are there not just for disabled people but also their parents and carers. Their work is based on the principle that disabled people have both a need and a right to live like others in the community and with a reasonable quality of life. They help people of all ages from the very young to older and elderly people by providing services and activities for them.

“Their summer pilot day opportunities for young adults was brilliant; they listened to our needs and in an amazingly short space of time set something up for our young people to access. “

Set up in 1951 by a group of parents with children who had learning disabilities, Bromley Mencap started campaigning at local level and later began to provide services. In 2010 the organisation joined up with Bromley Scope and became a disability organisation providing services for people with learning and/or physical disabilities.

“They instinctively know what our young people need and in providing this they relieve so much of the pressure on us as parents/carers and the young people had great fun and learnt essential life skills in a way that they could comprehend.”

Now running a wide range of services for disabled people their carers and families Bromley Mencap campaign and provide support to ensure the views of disabled people are heard and taken on board.

The member-led organisation, with a membership count that exceeds 1,800, aims to provide or assist in the provision of services, support and information to people with disabilities, their families, dependants and carers leading to independent living opportunities and improved life chances, to challenge discrimination through campaigning and lobbying and user representation and to be a member and user led organisation.

Regular collections in supermarkets, funded by a range of organisations and you can see where the collections will by clicking here!

The Helpline is open Monday to Friday from 9.00 – 5.00. The number, should you need it or can pass it on to someone in need is 020 8466 0790.

Family support workers are ready and willing to help by providing information and support for disabled people, their families and carers around any matter, for example –

  • welfare benefits
  • education
  • health
  • housing
  • leisure
  • support planning

They can also offer support at meetings with schools and social services, help complete forms and grant applications and have access to both local and national disability databases.

It goes without saying that Bromley Mencap is a wonderful organisation and that it both deserves and needs the help and support of the community so that it can continue to help and support those living within the community. If you can give your time then please enquire about becoming a volunteer, make a donation at a supermarket collection (give a smile of encouragement if you can’t!) or text a donation to 70070. If half our followers send a text saying BRME22 £2 to 70070 then that would give them a lovely boost! However you support them then let’s make sure that this local treasure keeps on going for another 65 years!

If you like to follow them on Twitter then they are @BromleyMencap and if you fancy going the whole hog then like their Facebook page too!

Find Bromley Mencap at bromleymencap.org.uk/
Bromley Mencap is funded by the National Lottery

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