Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest Update

Bromley Mencap Services Update

This information will be updated regularly. Please keep checking for updates.

Helpline 020 8466 0790 Email Support

  • Available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
  • During busy periods please leave a message with a contact number and your call will be returned within one working day
  • Emails will be responded to within one working day
  • Our Rutland House office is closed to all visitors

The Lodge Training Centre and Day Opportunities

  • Both programmes have been closed until further notice.

 Saturday Club

  • The club will not run until Astley Day Centre reopens

 Bromley Well

  • All workshops, Job Clubs, activities and outreach sessions are postponed until further notice
  • Staff are home based and support offered via telecommunications
  • Autism Pathway setting up a WhatsApp group
  • Young Carers Pathway promoting the App and adding additional resources to it and FaceTime calls in operation
  • Live streaming and virtual workshops being investigated

 Step Forward/Pathways to Employment

  • Workshops will not run until Astley Day Centre reopens
  • Staff are home based and support offered via telecommunications

Supported Internships

  • Placements are continuing and will be supported until the Easter break unless the employer postpones the placement

Job Coaching Agency

  • The agency will continue to provide support where possible and new requests will be considered on an individual basis

Nash College External Learning Programme

  • The programme will not be delivered until further notice.

Short Breaks

  • Current arrangements will continue for families with extra checks in place
  • No new matches will take place until further notice
  • Any emergency cases will be considered on an individual basis
  • Community Support Workers may be able to provide practical support including shopping trips, delivering medication etc

 Children’s Wellbeing Service

  • The Hever Castle family coach trip has been postponed
  • Staff are home based providing remote support to sibling group members

 Autism Family Support

  • Staff are home based and support offered via telecommunications
  • Additional e-resources are being circulated to families on the database

 Community Outreach Support

  • Face to face and group support will not be provided until further notice
  • Staff are home based and support, including welfare benefits support, offered via telecommunications
  • Live streaming and virtual workshops being investigated

 Keep Fit, Disability Cycling & Walking Club and Monday Afternooners

  • These activities are postponed until further notice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is currently causing many of our members and service users concern. Please find below some information which we hope is helpful.

Local News and  Response
Beckenham and Penge Gateway Club has closed temporarily until further notice.

Astley Day Centre is closed until further notice.

CASPA clubs are not running and the café is closed until further notice.

Choice Support Autism Social Club is closed until further notice.

Message from Bromley Council

Messages from the NHS in Bromley

Health Advice
For individuals
Get advice from the NHS on what to do if you think you may have symptoms of, or been exposed to, Coronavirus (COVID-19)

NHS overview of the condition Coronavirus (COVID-19): Coronavirus (COVID-19) overview

Easy Read Resources
Coronavirus Social Narrative
Little Puddins has created a social story for young people with autism

Easy read shielding information
NHS England easy read version of the extremely vulnerable persons guidance.

Easy to read leaflets

COVID-19 resources for people with profound disabilities
A list of resources suitable for people approaching isolation/home education, with a particular focus on resources for people with profound disabilities – many suitable for people of any age. Including resources specific to supporting people to understand and cope with COVID-19

Coronavirus Register for Vulnerable People
Register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food. Register here

Information and advice in other languages
Doctors of the World have translated government advice on Coronavirus into 20 languages and are working on more.
Get the guides here

Coronavirus Information in British Sign Language

Free Virtual Resources

Updates and Guidance

  • National Autistic Society– guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff
  • Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing
  • Young Minds Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing
  • Carers UK – Guidance for carers
  • Covibook– an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic
  • Amaze information pack for parents
  • NHS England and NHS Improvement Learning Disability and Autism Resource – Easy read guides, advice, e-learning and health resources

National Autistic Society (NAS)
NAS has made a number of changes to their services due to COVID-19. You can read about these changes in the Chief Executives blog

National Response
UK Government response

Public Health England have produced an easy read version of their advice on the coronavirus for places of education.  You can download it here

Disability Rights UK CEO writes to Disability and Care Ministers to raise concerns about safeguarding disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and older people in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Read the letter here

For employers and businesses
COVID-19: guidance for employers and businesses from GOV.UK