Bromley Scope and Bromley Mencap have joined together and become one organisation. This comes as Bromley Mencap celebrates its 60th Diamond Jubilee Year.

Members of both organisations were consulted on the change and the vote in favour was unanimous. Together they have over 100 years of experience of campaigning and supporting disabled people, their families and carers in the Borough. By working together they aim to help more disabled live fulfilling lives, by providing support and services to meet their needs. Bromley Mencap’s Objects have now changed from being only for people with learning disabilities to one for all people with disabilities, their parents and carers. This change was registered with the Charity Commission in March.

Louise Chorley, former Vice-Chair of Bromley Scope said: “We spent a long time considering the best way forward to secure the future for the work we do. We have been providing support and services in the Borough for over 55 years to people with cerebral palsy and we see the partnership not as the end of what we have been doing, but a new chapter. The charity world is changing rapidly and people’s needs and expectations are growing. If we want to meet their needs, we needed to respond and change ourselves. We have been working with Bromley Mencap for some time and we know they will continue to deliver the specialist services we have been running for many years and develop new ones for people with cerebral palsy.”

Eddie Lynch, Chief Executive of Bromley Mencap said: “When we were approached by Bromley Scope, we were very excited as it provided the opportunity to work with a wider group of disabled people. For some time people with a range of disabilities have accessed our services and this is a significant step forward for us in our 60th Diamond Jubilee Year. Both organisations have been working in the borough for many years, were well known and have good track records. By working together, we felt that services would be secure and that we could reach more people. This was not a hasty decision and we spent over 18 months making sure that this merger was right for people with learning disabilities and people with cerebral palsy. We will continue to provide specialist services to people, as well as develop new ones.

We have 1500 members and now consult our expanded membership about the issues and services important to them, and how we make the best use of our resources, staff and volunteers in these uncertain times.”