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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
Direct: 020 8687 4644
Mobile: 07507 738390


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


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

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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

Hear about NHS future plans to change health and care in Merton, plus find out about NHS Continuing Healthcare, also known as “fully funded NHS care”

Thursday 7 September, 10am to 12pm

with Josh Potter, Director of Commissioning at Merton CCG, and Paula Pettitt, Team Lead at Merton Continuing Care, CLCH Josh will be updating us on the NHS SW London Five Year Forward Plan which aims to provide local people with high quality care now and in the future, as well as listening to your views and experiences. Paula will tell us everything we need to know about NHS continuing healthcare; a free package of care for people who have significant ongoing healthcare needs that is arranged and funded by the NHS. Joint session with Carers Partnership Group.
High Path Community Resource Centre, 63 High Path, South Wimbledon, SW19 2JY

Adult social care needs assessments and financial assessments explained

Tuesday 31 October, 10am to 12pm

with David Cafferty, Manager of Merton Team for People with Learning Disabilities and Transitions, and Lorraine Taylor, Financial Assessments Manager Hear about assessment procedures for both care and financial needs plus the devising of care packages. Information about eligibility criteria will be included and the involvement of family carers in the processes.
High Path Community Resource Centre, 63 High Path, South Wimbledon, SW19 2JY

Day opportunities and leisure activities for people with learning disabilities offered by the Baked Bean Company and HFT

Tuesday 21 November, 10am to 12pm

with Izzy Ivezic, Baked Bean Company and Michaela Webb and Melissa Hulbert, HFT Find out about drama, dance and music based day opportunities plus life skills, holidays and drama therapy offered by the Baked Bean Company. Hear about the range of learning and leisure opportunities offered by HFT at their Activity and Social Centre in New Malden, including cookery, art, music and woodwork.
High Path Community Resource Centre, 63 High Path, South Wimbledon, SW19 2JY

Tai Chi

Tuesday 5 December, 10.30am to 12.30pm

with Lee from Lee Tai Chi Centre Join Lee for an hour of gentle Tai Chi movement to aid relaxation. Followed by a festive lunch of sandwiches and mince pies. Joint session with Carers Partnership Group.
Chaucer Centre, Room J, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

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