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Here you can read all about the latest news from Bexley Mencap.  All our recent Newsletters and Annual Reports are also available in the Publications and Newsletters section.

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.    

New Consultation - Bexley Council's Assisted Transport Policy

posted 13 Apr 2016, 06:19 by Bexley Mencap

Bexley's Assisted Transport service provides specialist transport through a variety of options for eligible adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues and physical disabilities.  The council's funding is reducing significantly and it is reviewing every aspect of its work and spending.  The Council is looking to re-model the way transport services for adults are shaped and delivered in such a way as to deliver a cost-effective service and the best outcomes for residents.

The Council would like your feedback on their plans which are available on their website here, including an Easy Read version. You can either complete the online survey or return your comments on the paper version (by downloading it from this page) to any Bexley library, or by post to:Communications Team, Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath DA6 7AT

There are also a number of public meetings to be held with service-users, carers and other interested parties:


  • Thursday 21 April 1.30pm - 3.00pm at the Carlton Centre, Carlton Road Sidcup
  • Friday 6 May 10.30am - 12.00pm at Smerdon Day Centre, Lumley Close Belvedere

Parents and carers:

  • Monday 9 May 10.30am -12.00pm Bexley Mencap office, Church Road, Bexleyheath
  • Wednesday 11 May 6.00pm - 7.30pm Bexley Mencap office, Church Road, Bexleyheath
  For more information on these meetings, please email Bexley Council using

Please give your feedback by 13 June 2016

Please support our own "Marathon Man"

posted 18 Mar 2016, 08:30 by Bexley Mencap


We are really delighted and very grateful to Alex Barette who is running in the London Marathon on 24th April to raise much needed funds for Bexley Mencap.  Just to be able to complete the 26.2 miles of a standard marathon requires some serious training over a period of months … and in all weathers! 

Please do help to reward Alex’s efforts on our behalf by sponsoring him as generously as you can:

In Alex’s own words: “After three years of running the Great North Run half marathon I've decided to go all in for the full distance and run the London Marathon this year. Training is going well, and I would be very pleased with any time of four hours or under.  My mum, Mary, has been involved as a Friend of Bexley Mencap for the last five years and I know what great work they do.  I am proud to be running in support of such a worthy local charity.  My fundraising page is and any amount of sponsorship given would be gratefully received.”  

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for Alex on the day!  

Individual Budgets

posted 20 Jan 2016, 05:26 by Bexley Mencap

Do you have questions about Individual Budgets or Direct Payments? 
Have you got a Payment Card and need some help or advice/
Come along to our "Drop In" on Tuesday, 2nd February and meet staff from the Council's Commissioning Team who can help you.  The session is between 10.0am and 12 noon at our offices in Church Road, Bexleyheath.
You can view or download a copy of the Council's leaflet here

Carers Conference

posted 12 Nov 2015, 05:57 by Bexley Mencap

The Bexley Carers Partnership Board is holding a conference for carers on 15th January 2016 - see details in the attachment to this news item.   The Partnership Board want to address some of the challenges faced by carers and to hear about the things that are most important to carers.   To book your place email 

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