Age UK – Specialist Dementia Care Event on 13th August

Age UK will be hosting an open day on the 13th of August for people to come along and meet their staff, and experience their range of services available for people who have dementia or memory difficulties, and their families.

DATE: 13th August 2012

TIME: Any time between 10am—2.30pm

PLACE: The Garden Room
Active Age Centre
85 High St, Chislehurst BR7 5AG
(next to Sainsburys)

Please click here to see the flyer for further information

Thyme Out Too – Come Along to a Taster Day on Tuesday 17th April

The Thyme Out project, an award winning work programme,  is recruiting, 20 adults (18 years olds +) with learning disabilities to take part in the first course beginning on the 8th May 2012 – 28th March 2013

Thyme Out is a free accredited gardening and life skills training programme, leading to paid and voluntary work. The project is funded by the Big Lottery and the London Borough of Bromley.

The course will take place, 2 days a week in both the historic grounds of Bromley Palace Park (Civic Centre) Bromley, BR1 and Crystal Palace Park, Crystal Palace, SE20, in partnership with Capel Manor College. Partiicpants will have the opportunity to have support from Bromley Mencap, Jobmatch to find paid and unpaid work.

To find out more the project will be running a Taster day on Tuesday 17th April (10.30 -12.30 or 1pm -3 pm) at the Civic Centre, Bromley.

Please call 020 8313 4057 for more information and to book a place.

Ma Kelly’s Doorstep – An Invitation

You are invited to a play called Ma Kelly’s Doorstep! This event is part of Bromley Council Trading Standard’s approach at raising awareness of scams and bogus callers. Bromley Mencap is receiving an increasing number of calls and enquiries from disabled people and carers affected by this practice and we know it is on the increase. The play will take place on Wednesday 14th March (aimed at people with learning disabilities/difficulties) and Friday 16th March. Venue details and times can be found in the attached flyer. For more information contact Amanda Davis on 020 8313 4395 or email Amanda.davis@bromley.gov.uk. To view the flyer of this please click here

X by X 1st Open Meeting

You are warmly invited to the X by X 1st Open Meeting on Tuesday 31st January 2012, 10.15am – 12.15pm , in Committee Room 6, Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley BR1 3UH.

Open Meetings are a place to:

·       Share information and experiences

·       Keep up-to-date with things the Government are doing that affect us

·       Work together to speak up for our rights

X by X will be discussing:

·       The  proposed improvements to Market Square, High Street North and East Street in Bromley Town Centre

·       The Welfare Reform Bill

Bromley Experts by Experience is a user led group run by and for people who are Deaf, disabled, or have learning disabilities/difficulties, mental health survivors and carers. If you are not yet a member, and would like to join, membership forms will be available.

To let  X by X know about your access needs in advance please contact ellen@xbyxbromley.com or phone 0844 3304578

We’ve been shortlisted ….

… for this year’s Guardian Public Services Awards.

We’ve been shortlisted for the Carers, Families and Communities Award in the Service Delivery category for our Mutual Carers Service.

Our Mutual Carers Service provides a range of support for older parents/carers and their adult sons and daughters with learning disabilities to enable them to continue living together independently in their own homes.

The full Awards Shortlist appears in the Guardian and can be found here.

Our competition is Manchester City Council and Hertfordshire County Council, so we are particularly pleased to have our scheme recognised.

The winners will be announced at an Awards Evening in London on November 22nd.

New parent & toddler group opens

There’s a new Parent and Toddler group for children with additional needs and/or disabilities just opening in the Borough

The Salvation Army in Bromley will be facilitating this new group.

The first session commences on 14th September at 12.30 pm to 14.30 pm at The Salvation Army,  Ethelbert Road, Bromley, Kent The cost of the session is £1.50 per family.

If you would like further information or have any queries regarding this group please call the co-ordinator, Rae Edwards on 07802 820469.  Rae will be pleased to help you.