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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

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 2018

An update on special needs courses run by Merton Adult Learning (MAL)

Monday 30 April, 10am to 12pm
With Patricia Carlisle, Merton’s Service Manager for Adult Learning and Dilys Martin, Curriculum Quality Officer
Hear an update on special needs courses provided by MAL. Find out what will be happening next year and the types and location of courses available. This is also an opportunity for carers to let Patricia and Dilys know how the new provision is going for you, what you think of the new venues and the suitability of courses on offer.
High Path Community Resource Centre, 63 High Path, South Wimbledon, SW19 2JY

Tour of The Gables, a Supported Living Scheme in Merton

Tuesday 8 May, 10.30am to 12.30pm
An opportunity to visit The Gables; a supported living placement for people with learning disabilities.
The Gables has 1 bedroom flats with ensuite bathroom, open plan bedroom, kitchen & living space. The tour will include visiting an individual room plus communal areas. We will be meeting at The Gables at 10.30am. Joint session with Carers Partnership Group.
The Gables, 112 Tamworth Lane, Mitcham, CR4 1D

Learning Disability Liaison Nursing Team, St George’s Hospital

Tuesday 19 June, 10am to 12pm
With Padraic Costello, Learning Disability Clinical Nurse Specialist and Shevon Dalena, Learning Disability Liaison Nurse
If your son, daughter or relative ever needs treatment at St George’s Hospital, Padraic & Shevon will make sure that they receive the best service possible. Find out how they can support you to plan for your relative’s admission, treatment & discharge. Plus, hear about the ‘Hospital Passport’ for people with learning disabilities coming into hospital, which provides hospital staff with important information such as ‘things you must know about me’, ‘things that are important to me’ & ‘my likes & dislikes’.
High Path Community Resource Centre, 63 High Path, South Wimbledon, SW19 2JY

Techniques to encourage people with learning disabilities and autism to eat more healthily

Friday 6 July, 10am to 12pm
with David Tchilingirian RNutr (Public Health)
A practical session exploring the difficulties that families face when an adult with learning disabilities or autism doesn’t want to eat, wants to eat all the time, is a fussy eater, or is stuck in a routine you can’t change. Discuss the reasons behind these difficulties & learn strategies you can use to encourage a healthy diet and bring an end to stressful mealtimes.
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