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Tracy Blackwell: Parent & Carer Forums
Working days: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am-4pm; Fridays 9am-1pm
Email: kids.first@swlondonmencap.nhs.uk
adults.first@swlondonmencap.nhs.uk
Direct: 020 8687 4644
Mobile: 07507 738390

Booklets

Download our Daytime Provision and Activities Booklet, which is a list of activities available to adults with a learning disability both within Merton and in nearby boroughs.

You can also download our Useful Contacts Booklet for family carers of adults with a learning disability.

Download the Housing Options For People with a Learning Disability in Merton booklet

Newsletter

Read the latest Adults First Newsletter.

Read the previous Adults First Newsletter.

Become a member of Adults First

Membership is free. By becoming a member, you will receive regular updates about what is going on, including forthcoming events and new local services, and will receive a copy of the Adults First newsletter.

Join now by downloading our registration form and emailing or posting it back to us. Download our registration form in Word or download our registration form as a PDF or Word document.

Adults First is keen to represent a membership comprising a wide range of carers, who care for adults who have a range of learning disabilities.

For any enquiry, please contact Tracy Blackwell, Adults First Facilitator, on 020 8687 4644 or email adults.first@swlondonmencap.nhs.uk

Recruiting Steering Group Members, Representatives and Lead Carer

We are currently looking for carers to join Adults First as steering group members and representatives, including a Lead Carer. Download the role description for Steering Group Member & Representative and role description for Lead Carer.

To find out more and to register your interest, contact Tracy Blackwell, Adults First Facilitator, on 020 8687 4644 or email adults.first@swlondonmencap.nhs.uk.

Merton Mencap Membership

Become a member of Merton Mencap
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Carers Partnership Group

Carers Partnership Group

An independent support group comprising family carers of adults with a learning disability. read more.

Adults First

Welcome to Adults First, which is a forum for carers of adults with a learning disability who live in Merton.

The aims of the forum are:

The forum does this by:

The forum is run by a steering group of carers, and a lead carer, who decide on the business of the forum. The project is facilitated by a paid worker at Merton Mencap who supports the work of the forum.

Free Adults First Events for 2017

Supported Living in Merton for people with learning disabilities

Thursday 30 March, 10am to 12pm

with Angela Wardell, Merton’s Supported Living Service Manager
Hear about Merton Council Supported Living schemes & find out what is currently available in Merton. Plus hear about Merton’s policies regarding residents ‘choice’, communication between staff (& family carers) & the strategies in place to tackle loneliness & boredom of residents.
High Path Community Resource Centre, 63 High Path, South Wimbledon, SW19 2JY

What other housing options are there to supported living or residential care?

Tuesday 4 April, 10am to 12pm

with Charlene Williams, Merton’s Housing Supply & Development Manager & Yvette Shaw, an Adults First member
Hear Charlene talk about ‘Shared Lives’ & Yvette talk about her personal experiences of finding & funding rented accommodation & care for her son. Joint session with Carers Partnership Group.
High Path Community Resource Centre, 63 High Path, South Wimbledon, SW19 2JY

Personal Assistants (PAs)

Monday 15 May, 10am to 12pm

How to find someone who will meet the needs of your son, daughter or other cared for relative with Andrew Whittington, Chief Executive of Merton Mencap, Michaela Webb, Home Farm Trust & Marie Francis, an Adults First member
Hear Andrew & Michaela talk about the PA service offered by Merton Mencap & Home Farm Trust. Plus Marie will be talking about her personal experiences of using a PA for her daughter. Come along & ask your questions!
High Path Community Resource Centre, 63 High Path, South Wimbledon, SW19 2JY

An update on special needs courses run by Merton Adult Education (MAE)

Monday 19 June, 10am to 12pm

with Anthony Hopkins, Merton’s Head of Library, Heritage & Adult Education Service
Hear an update on special needs courses provided by MAE. Find out what will be happening next year, the types & location of courses available, & what options, if any, are available for people who find they no longer fit the criteria for places. This is also an opportunity for carers to let Anthony know how the new provision is going for you, what you think of the new venues & the suitability of courses on offer.
High Path Community Resource Centre, 63 High Path, South Wimbledon, SW19 2JY

Mental Capacity, Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA’s) & Deputyships explained

Tuesday 4 July, 10am to 12pm

with Sarah Sarwar, Senior Associate with Morrisons Solicitors, Wimbledon
If a person lacks the ability to make a decision then their mental capacity is questioned. Sarah will explain the principles around mental capacity & what you need to consider. She will also talk about LPA’s, the appointment of someone to make a decision on behalf of another person & how they can be used, & Deputyships, where someone is appointed by the Court of Protection to make decisions for another person who lacks mental capacity. Joint session with Carers Partnership Group.
High Path Community Resource Centre, 63 High Path, South Wimbledon, SW19 2JY

Please BOOK ahead for all events where possible. Just email us or leave a message on the answerphone with your name, contact details and the event you wish to attend.

Tel: 020 8687 4644

email: adults.first@swlondonmencap.nhs.uk