Recent discussion topics at the group include:
- Therapists at the JMC day centre planning to offer a service to carers: A resource that not everyone knows about is the team of therapists based at the Jan Malinowski Centre in Mitcham. This includes art, music, drama and dance therapists, and they currently work with over 70 adults with a learning disability in the borough. The good news for us is that they are thinking of also providing a service for carers in the future - they are shortly going to be getting in touch with people to find out who might be interested, when and where they'd like the service to be provided etc. If you don't hear from them but would like to know more, the person to contact is Becky Ware at the JMC.
- How will the proposed changes to benefits affect you?
- Are GP’s carrying out good quality annual health checks?
- Is supported living working in Merton?
- How will personal budgets affect you as carers?
- How is the pilot respite care service at All Saints going?
- What support is available for adults with a learning disability who want to get a job?
If you have a view about any of these matters, or any others, please telephone us or email and let us know.
Minutes and Agenda
Download the minutes of the previous Carers Partnership meeting here.
Download the agenda of the next Carers Partnership meeting here.
Links to useful documents:
A Step by Step guide for GP Practices: Annual Health checks for people with a learning disability: Download
Carers and their rights, Carers UK/Luke Clements: View
Equality Act 2010 – What do I need to know as a Carer?: Download
Download the latest newsletter for carers written by Carers Support Merton and Merton Mencap here.
Find out how Merton Mencap supports carers of adults here.
Become a member of Merton Mencap. Find out more.
Carers Partnership Group
We are an independent group of family carers of adults with a learning disability who live in Merton.
Our group is open to all family carers, whether your relative lives at home with you, in residential care, supported living or independently.
Our aim is to make sure the views of carers are heard and to improve to the quality of life for adults with a learning disability and their family carers in Merton.
We usually meet on the first Tuesday of the month at the High Path Community Resource Centre in South Wimbledon. Our meetings start at 10am.
We regularly invite people to our meeting who are involved in providing services in Merton. These include local authority managers and officers, councillors and representatives from local charities. This gives us a chance to find out what is going on, and make sure our views, as lifelong carers, are heard.
Some members of our group also attend other local meetings to represent the views of carers of adults with a learning disability. These include the local Learning Disability Partnership Board.
If you would like to meet other carers in a friendly, supportive group and have your say on matters which affect adults with a learning disability and family carers in Merton, why not join us!
Contact Sally Burns, chair of the Carers Partnership Group:
Telephone: 020 8542 9081 or email.
Important note: The Carers Partnership Group is an independent group, not a project of Merton Mencap. Merton Mencap supports the group by attending its monthly meeting and contributing to administrative functions. Any views expressed by the group do not necessarily represent the views of Merton Mencap, its partners or affiliates. Any tips, comments or links posted on this page are provided by individuals and not necessarily endorsed by the Carers Partnership Group or Merton Mencap.