Our services & opportunities

We actively campaign on behalf of disabled people, their families and carers.

Advice and Support

Free advice, support and information that will help you find solutions and move your life forwards. 

Helpline

 

Our helpline provides information and support for disabled people, their families and carers on a wide range of issues.  

Need to know

Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm on 020 8466 0790.

Support with welfare benefits, education, health and more. 

Access to other Bromley Mencap services

Mutual Carers Support Service

Support for people in mutually caring relationships when there is one person aged 55 and over, with a disabled adult son/daughter/sibling living at home.  Provided as part of Bromley Well.

Need to know

Help to remain independent.

Get emotional support and learn new skills.

Attend support groups and workshops.

 

Young Carers Service

 

Support for young people who care for others.  We support Young Carers aged 4 to 19 to manage caring relationships whilst enjoying childhood.  Provided as part of Bromley Well.

Need to know

Opportunities to meet with other young carers.

Have fun, discuss any worries and try out new activities.

Workshops to help develop your practical life skills.

 

Support for Adults with Learning Disabilities and Learning Difficulties

This Bromley Well service supports people with learning disabilities and learning difficulties. You must be aged 18 years and over and not have other services from Bromley Council.

Need to know

Get information, support and advocacy.

Go to weekly drop in sessions and monthly workshops.

Get training on life skills.

Support for Adults with Autism

This Bromley Well service supports people with autism. You must be aged 16 years and over and not have other services from Bromley Council.

Need to know

Get information, support and advocacy.

Go to weekly drop in sessions and monthly workshops.

Get training on life skills.

Support for Adults with Physical Disabilities

This Bromley Well service supports people with physical disabilities. You must be aged 18 years and over and not have other services from Bromley Council.

Need to know

Get information, support and advocacy.

Go to weekly drop in sessions and monthly workshops.

Get training on life skills.

Community Outreach Project

The Community Outreach Project offers support for disabled people and families on a range of issues.

Need to know

Advice on money matters, such as benefits and budgeting.

Workshops on healthy living, daily living skills and more.

Support to access community services and leisure activities.

Adult Day Services

Enjoy a wide variety of activities or get support to improve the quality of your life.

Day Opportunities for adults

Join a fun and varied programme of activities each weekday. Meet with friends, try new activities and learn new skills.

Need to know

Runs on weekdays at West Wickham Methodist Church. 

Activities include cooking, gardening, computer skills, and much more.

Sessions help to develop life skills and independence.

Saturday respite activities for adults

A Saturday scheme for disabled adults with complex needs, which provides respite for family and carers. Make friends, develop skills, and have fun with a varied programme.

Need to know

Every two weeks on Saturdays at Astley Centre, Bromley.

Varied programme includes cookery, karaoke, theatre workshops, art and more.

Access scheme via referral from Bromley Council.

Personal Assistant Service

Access trained personal assistants that provide tailored support for people with learning and/or physical disabilities.

Need to know

Support to do what you want to, when you want to.

Flexible hours and days to meet your needs.

Empowering you to make your life better.

Vocational training

Training to provide disabled adults the skills they need to move on to paid employment in three key areas – horticulture, catering, and cycle maintenance.

Need to know

Opportunities to learn new skills to help support employment opportunities.

A mix of classroom learning and practical work.

Training held at The Lodge community hub in Norman Park, Bromley.

Adult Leisure Services 

Opportunities for disabled people to enjoy social and leisure activities.

Monday Afternooners

A social club for people with cerebral palsy.  A monthly recreation club supporting people with cerebral palsy live a more independent life.

Need to know

A monthly programme held on the 1st Monday afternoon of every month.

You must be a member of Bromley Mencap to join.

A varied annual programme, with charges for each outing.

Disability Walking and Cycling Club

Join the Disability Walking and Cycling Club to enjoy coach trips, cycling sessions and walking tours for disabled adults.

Need to know

Meet new people and develop new friendships.

You must be a member of Bromley Mencap to join.

Improve your physical health and mental wellbeing.

Learn to cycle or hire bikes

Learn to cycle or hire bikes and trikes from our community hub in Norman Park, Bromley.  Available to both members and non-members.

Need to know

Book and borrow bikes, trikes, and helmets.

Cycle a one-mile circuit around the park in a safe environment.

Available at weekends. Free of charge.

Keep Fit Classes

Attend our popular weekly keep fit class, which runs during the spring and summer in central Bromley. You must be a member of Bromley Mencap to join.

Need to know

For disabled adults, their friends and family.

Professional, fully trained, and experienced tutors.

Improve your physical health and mental wellbeing.

Discos/Social Events

As a member of Bromley Mencap, you can enjoy discos, lunch clubs and Christmas parties.

Need to know

Social events available to disabled people aged 18+

View the events calendar to see all future social events

A regular schedule of events

Children and Family Services

Support services for children, young people, carers and families that help change lives for the better. 

Autism Family Support Service

Free information, advice and signposting for families with a child diagnosed with autism, demonstrating autistic traits or issues with social communication.

Need to know

Monthly drop-ins for peer support or the opportunity to talk to professionals

An online course to discover more about autism and raising an autistic child.

Support with diagnostic assessment and quarterly workshops in partnership with CASPA.

Children’s Wellbeing Service

A series of workshops, aimed at disabled children, young people, and their families. Coach trips provide families with the opportunity to enjoy days out to attractions across south east England.

Need to know

Aimed at helping young people identify their hopes for the future and supporting them to overcome difficulties relating to their impairment.

Explore new ways of improving communication between you and your child both at home and at school.

A free service funded by BBC Children in Need

Short Breaks

Daytime community support, childminding or buddying support service and evening sitting service for disabled children and young people.

Need to know

Opportunities for disabled children and young people to have enjoyable experiences away from their primary carers.

Providing parents and carers with a valuable break from their caring responsibilities.

Help to improve social inclusion and personal and social development.

Young Carers Service

 

Support for young people who care for others.  We support Young Carers aged 4 to 19 to manage caring relationships whilst enjoying childhood.  Provided as part of Bromley Well.

Need to know

Opportunities to meet with other young carers.

Have fun, discuss any worries and try out new activities.

Workshops to help develop your practical life skills.

 

Employment Training and Jobs

Training for work and on the job experience that builds your skills and confidence and increases your chance of getting a job.

Bromley Well Employment Advice Service

Our staff offer support to people with learning disabilities, people with physical disabilities, and people with long term health conditions to find volunteering, work placements and employment. Part of Bromley Well.

Need to know

Workshops to assist with finding a job or accessing volunteering opportunities.

One to one advice & meetings with an advisor.

Assistance with CV writing and job applications.

 

Employment training for adults with complex needs

Join our Step Forward employment training program that supports adults with complex needs. We provide initial training towards education, volunteering, and paid employment.

Need to know

Weekly workshops held at the Astley Centre, Bromley.

Topics include healthy living, keeping safe, employer expectations, employment support and being employed.

Training to help you move forward into work.

 

Employability training for 16 to 24 year olds

Bromley Mencap will supports young people in South East London to learn the skills they need to move into paid work, as part of the Employ Me London programme.

Need to know

For people aged 16-24 with learning disability, learning difficulty or autism not already in education, employment, or training.

Skills training, employment workshops, work experience and other activities.

Open to young people in Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham.

 

Supported Internships

Support for students with learning disabilities, including those with complex needs, to source internship placements. This is delivered in partnership with London South East Colleges at Bromley College and Bexley College.

Need to know

Providing support to help a young person move from college into employment.

Sourcing placements in line with the interests of students.

Recent placements include retail, admin, child care, maintenance, libraries, supermarkets, catering and horticulture.

 

Job Coaching

Job coaching support for disabled people in the borough of Bromley and surrounding areas. Help with retaining secured paid employment.

Need to know

Provision of a trained job coach to support with any employment matters.

Additional support for job related issues – eg. performance or redundancy.

Application for support via Department for Work and Pensions Access to Work funding.

 

Pathways to Work

From June 2021 to October 2022 Bromley Mencap are supporting young disabled people to get into work via a tailored pre-employment support package.  Open to young people in Bromley.

Need to know

For disabled people aged 16-25 who are not already employed.

Employability and skills training and visits to different employment venues.

A work experience placement in your area of interest.

 

Vocational training

Training to provide disabled adults with the skills they need to move on to paid employment in three key areas – horticulture, catering, and cycle maintenance.

Need to know

Opportunities to learn new skills to help support employment.

A mix of classroom learning and practical work.

Training held at The Lodge community hub in Norman Park, Bromley.