Social care - Sutton Mencap

Record details

Name of service
Sutton Mencap
Commissioned by The London Borough of Sutton
8 Stanley Park Road
Journey Planner
Fran Boto
020 8647 8600
About the service
We provide group-based play and leisure services for children and young people with a learning disability aged 6-18 years. We also provide a range of services for those aged 18 to 25 years old.
Overview of the service
We run a range of fun, leisure-based short break sessions as follows: term time after school and Saturday clubs, and clubs during school holidays. Most of our services are based at our accessible premises in Wallington and we also make use a range of local community venues. Our groups typically have between 10 and 15 children or young people in them and have staffing ratios appropriate to the needs of those attending.
Communication and interaction needs
Yes although primary need must be a learning disability
Cognition and learning needs
Yes although primary need must be a learning disability
Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
Yes although primary need must be a learning disability
Sensory needs
Yes although primary need must be a learning disability
Physical needs
Yes although primary need must be a learning disability
Specific or complex health needs
Yes although primary need must be a learning disability. We are able to support children and young people with a complex health needs for example epilepsy, personal care, gastrostomy tube.Children and young people who require nursing support for their complex health needs, such as deep suctioning, injections or tracheostomy may still be able to attend our services with specialist health support from other providers.
Categories of need
Complex health needs, Mild Learning Difficulty / Disability, Moderate Learning Difficulties/ Disability (MLD), Severe Learning Difficulties/ Disability (SLD), Mild Speech and Language difficulty, Moderate Speech and Language difficulty, Severe Speech and Language difficulty, SpLD (Specific learning Difficulties), Mobility Disabilities, Angelman Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Communication needs (Speech, Language and Communication), Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Down Syndrome, Social, Mental and Emotional Health, Visual Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing Impairment, Spina Bifida, Challenging Behaviour, Personal Care Needs, Fragile X, Global Development Delay
Age ranges
5-7, 8-11, 12-15, 16-18, 18-20, 20-25
Who we provide for
Service availability
Services are provided during term time after school from Monday to Thursday and on Saturdays. Our school holiday services run Monday to Friday.
What we do
Our groups provide a range of fun and stimulating activities, including: sensory activities; cooking; art and crafts; games; messy play, outdoor play and trips to local community venues. Our premises ensure we can provide a fun, stimulating and safe environment for all those who use the service.
Is there a waiting list?
We operate a waiting list when services are full. Contact us to find out about current availability.
Are there any taster sessions?
Do you need a support worker?
Can you take your support worker with you?
Does parent / carer have to stay?
Is parent / carer allowed to stay?
Can siblings attend?
Staff SEND skills
Our high quality services are delivered by a skilled, trained and highly motivated staff team, who have a great deal of experience of supporting children and young people with a learning disability. Specific training for staff includes: Safeguarding; health and safety; moving and handling; food hygiene; infection control; administration of medication; epilepsy awareness; administration of emergency medications (epilepsy and epi pen), positive personal care; Team Teach; play and engagement. We also offer staff the opportunity to take NVQ level 3 in childcare
Have staff had safeguarding training in last year?
Staff Disability Awareness trained in last year?
Complaints procedure
Are staff trained in specialist interventions?
Are there staff trained in manual handling?
Assessing child safety
The safety of children and young people using our services is a central priority for us. We are an OFSTED registered service operating under the LSCB London Child Protection Procedures. We have a safeguarding policy and procedures which underpins our work in this area and covers issues such as: safe staff and volunteer recruitment; staff management, supervision and training; service delivery; information sharing and partnership working. We also work closely with parents to identify the needs of children and young people using our services and carry out thorough risk assessments covering our activities, our premises and the needs of service users. Our safeguarding and other key policies are available on our website:
Referral routes
Children and young people can be referred via the social work team; schools; GP or other professional. We can also take self-referrals from parents and carers. For an informal discussion, please give us a call on 020 8647 8600.
Deciding who can use the service
Children and young people must have a learning disability. Following referral, we will work with you to help determine whether this is the appropriate service for your child. We will aim to meet you in your home and invite you to attend an initial visit here with your child. To be able to use the service you will need to have a package of support agreed with the council or be in receipt of Direct Payments. You will also need to organise travel to and from our service.
Is there a charge for the service?
Payment methods
Care Package agreed with the council; personal budget; direct payments; own funds.
Our premises are specifically adapted and include hoist and tracking facilities; a sensory room; a comfortable lounge; a kitchen to use for cooking sessions; a secure outside play area and garden and a craft area. We also make use of other community venues.
Accessibility features
Wheelchair Access, Accessible toilets, Secure environment, Sensory adaptations (such as colour scheme), Sensory room or area, Time out / quiet area, Accessible changing area, Low stimulus environment, Soft play facility, Physical adaptations (such as hand rails), Accessible parking
Communication methods used
Signs and symbols, Makaton, PECS
Respite & Support
Respite & Short Breaks, Emotional Well-being, Support and family members
Education and childcare
Leisure and play
Clubs & activities, Things to do, Holidays, Friendships & relationships
Preparation for adulthood
Getting involved, Staying healthy, Being an adult
Communicating with parents and carers
Our partnerships with parents and cares are an essential part of our service. We spend time getting to know parents and children before they start on our service so that we can learn about needs and wishes and adapt our services accordingly. We provide regular opportunities to discuss with parents how their children and young people are getting on. We welcome the views of parents in relation to our services. If there is anything you want to discuss with us, please let us know.
Is the service fully accessible?
We pride ourselves on our services being fully accessible. Our building is fully wheelchair accessible and we have fully accessible changing and toilet facilities including a designated personal care room. We have hoist and tracking facilities, including in our newly refurbished sensory room. Our Kitchen facilities have been designed to enable service users to participate in food preparation, e.g. through being able to vary the height of work surfaces.Our staff are skilled in supporting people with a learning disability, communication needs and mobility impairment.
Ensuring inclusion
We identify preferred methods of communication for each individual to ensure they make choices and decide what activities they want to do.We ensure we have appropriate staffing ratios so that people are fully supported to access the activities of their choice.Children and young people help decide the themes and activities we provide.