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Bexley Mencap Sports Activities Event At Crook Log Leisure Centre

posted 3 Jul 2019, 09:01 by Steve Grimsey

To celebrate Learning Disability Awareness week, Bexley Mencap hosted an action packed Sports Activities event at Crook Log Leisure Centre on Wednesday 19 June. There was a wide range of sporting activities for participants to try, both indoors and outdoors, including Nordic Walking, Cycling, Cricket, Boccia, Keep Fit, Walking Football and Spin (Virtual Bikes).

The theme of this year's Learning Disability Week was sport and inclusion and this event was to give members an opportunity to take part in different sports activities that they could then continue in the community; breaking down barriers to fitness and highlighting that sport has the potential to bring communities together.  

The Mayoress of Bexley gave the opening address and the event also received a video message of support from Andy Barrow, former triple Paralympian and GB Wheelchair rugby team captain.  Members of other local organisations such as All Directions, Re-instate Ltd and Spotlight choir also attended, bringing over 60 people together to get involved.  Participants took part in up to 3 ‘taster’ activities and there was a healthy buzz of activity as members gained in confidence and enthusiastically participated. One member summed up the feedback when she said ‘It was great fun. I got to take part in something new that I don’t usually get the chance to do.’

All the activities were run by local coaches and specially adapted to ensure Learning Disability members could fully take part. Members of Bexley Mencap and other groups assisted and the event was open to all. Several people remarked that it was great to see people with and without Learning Disabilities taking part equally, enjoying themselves and encouraging each other at the same time. 

The event wouldn't have been such a success without a range of partners and supporters including Bexley Dodgers, Foxlee Fitness, Good Gym, Parkwood Leisure, and all of the instructors who gave their time to make the event such an enjoyable one.

Award winners!

posted 29 Nov 2018, 01:44 by Bexley Mencap

We were thrilled to win the award for the Learning Disability Services Organisation at
Bexley Council’s Caring at its Best Awards.  You can read the full report on the Council's website here 

Helping Bexley Mencap & the planet!

posted 29 Nov 2018, 01:20 by Bexley Mencap

Do you already recycle your waste and rubbish? If so, do you want to win vouchers and discounts for yourself and help raise money for Bexley Mencap all at the same time? 
Bexley Mencap has been selected as one of 5 charities for a local green points scheme     
London Green Points – Bexley rewards you and your community for reusing and recycling as much as you can. The more you do, the more money you can win for local charities and community projects and the more chance you’ll have of winning vouchers for yourself.  Residents can then vote for one of the 5 charities to receive the support of their Community. They are giving £7,500 to charities every 6 months, for the next 18 months. The group with the most Green Points after 6 months will win the biggest donation for their selected project. 1st prize £3,500 – 5th prize - £500. If you’re a Bexley resident and want to get discounts and vouchers for recycling, please sign up to and vote for Bexley Mencap.

Walking for Bexley Mencap

posted 18 Apr 2018, 02:44 by Bexley Mencap

On 12th May, and following a circular route through the Kent countryside, Suzi's walk will pass through Lullingstone,Shoreham, Otford and back to Orpington.

Walking for Bexley Mencap and tying in perfectly with National Walking Month, please lend Suzi your support as she takes on a feet aching 30km walk to help Bexley Mencap carry on with our mission to support poeple with learning disabilities and their families

You can donate on line using this link to Suzi's donation page


Bexley's Learning Disability Strategy

posted 13 Sep 2017, 02:45 by Bexley Mencap   [ updated 13 Sep 2017, 02:54 ]

Bexley's learning disability partnership board has made a video about the 2017 - 2021 Learning Disability Strategy.
You can watch it on YouTube at this address

Invitation to take part in research

posted 25 Aug 2017, 07:38 by Bexley Mencap

Prof Rachel Forrester-Jones would like to invite you to take part in a study conducted by the University of Kent.  What is the goal of the study?
We want to know what your life has been like since you lost support. If your support has not changed, we are also interested in talking to you and your carers.  What is involved in the study?  The study involves answering questions about yourself, your social relationships and the people you know and how you are feeling.
For more information and to participate please contact Melina Malli, e-mail: Tel. number: 01227816590 or
Professor Rachel Forrester-Jones, e-mail: Tel. number: 01227 82 3194 

Help us win £5000

posted 6 Feb 2017, 04:05 by Bexley Mencap

We have been shortlisted as one of the potential winners in Tesco's "Bags of Help" local grant scheme using the money raised from the government's 5p bag charge.  
You can vote for us in most of the Tesco stores throughout Bexley, including Tesco Express.
All you need to do is ask the cashier for a purple token and then drop it in the slot for Bexley Mencap.  The voting runs until 25 February, so don't hang about!  
Thanks for your support, we've got our fingers crossed at this end!

Housing Survey

posted 12 Oct 2016, 07:25 by Bexley Mencap   [ updated 20 Dec 2016, 01:48 ]

Lots of parent carers have been in touch with us about looking into housing for their sons and daughters. We have produced a survey to help us find out what kind of housing people are looking for and when they think they might need housing. You can access the survey here. All the personal information will be treated as confidential and for numerical purposes only unless you agree to your information being shared. There is a box to tick about this at the end of the survey.  There is an Easy Read leaflet which we produced for the Council a couple of years ago which is attached to this news item

New Draft Strategy

posted 19 Aug 2016, 06:38 by Bexley Mencap

Bexley Council Bexley Council has published for consultation its new learning disability strategy document. You can download it from our website here Its stated aim is to make sure “we have good support in the community for people with a learning disability” and it identifies three key elements to achieving this: Stay Healthy, Living My Life and Keeping Safe.  The document seeks more detailed feedback from service users on how well they are able to interact with relevant agencies in various scenarios under each of these three elements of the strategy. We will be responding to the consultation and are happy to receive comments from individuals

Run Matt, Run!

posted 10 May 2016, 07:57 by Bexley Mencap

Matt has a learning disability and been volunteering with the Bexley parkrun team.  He has now set himself the target of doing the 5k run himself!  The target date is the second Saturday in August (13th) and Matt is hoping to raise much needed funds for Bexley Mencap.

For the last two years, Bexley Mencap, in association with Run England, has organised and provided weekly fitness sessions for members with learning disabilities to offer practical support in improving levels of physical activity and general overall health and well being benefits.

You can watch a video about it here ....

Please support Matt by giving as generously as you can using this link.    

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