UPDATE – w/c 25th July 2016 


 JusB summer activities programme

Click here to find out about all the cheap and free summer activities for young people. There are a number of great weeks planned - Sports Week, Creative Week and more. Forward to anyone who may be interested so that they can sign up in time! There are a great opportunity for young people to do something productive, safe and enjoyable in the holidays. Call Danielle on 020 84642722 to book a place or for further information.


Bromley and Downham Youth Club summer activities

The summer holidays are now here and Bromley & Downham Youth Club have a Summer Programme (for ages 7 years +) which is slightly amended to include their SEN Buzz Club on Thursday afternoons.  Also in the summer holidays their Boxing Club is running every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm to 9.00pm for ages 9 years+ and Millwall Kicks football is on every Thursday evening from 6.30pm to 8.00pm for ages 12 years+. 


Bromley Adult Education College - Charitable Donations
Following the closure of the Widmore Centre, BAEC are seeking to donate items no longer required by Bromley Council to local charitable organisations.

Viewings will be held at the Widmore Centre on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 August from 10:00 -14:00: The Widmore Centre, Nightingale Lane, Bromley, BR1 2SQ.
For more information, please click here


Girlguiding Greater London Kent - 26th August 2016
Girlguiding Greater London Kent (supported by volunteers from the National Citizen Service) warmly invite all those interested in joining Girlguiding to come along with their children to a Coffee Morning on Friday 26th August 2016 from 10.30am-12.30pm at The Hewitt Room, Emmanuel United Reformed Church, The Grove, West Wickham, Kent, BR4 9JS. 
It will be an opportunity to:-

  • Find out more about Girlguiding
  • Hear about volunteering with Girlguiding
  • Meet existing members and volunteers
  • Try some Rainbow, Brownie and Guide activities 

Queries to:-  growingguidingglk@yahoo.co.uk


JusB Quiz night - Sunday 18th September

Click here for further information.


Free DLA to PIP Information Session - 29th September 2016

Disability Living Allowance is ceasing for young people and adults aged 16 years to 64.

A new benefit called Personal Independence Payment is being introduced.

You are invited to come along and hear about these changes:

Date:  29th September 2016

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, BR3 1UH

For further information or to book a place, please call Gill Eldridge on 0208 466 0790

or  email gill.eldridge@bromleymencap.org


 Charity golf day



Bromley & Downham Youth Club Gold Award

Bromley & Downham Youth Club are delighted to say that in June they were awarded a Gold Quality Mark Award from London Youth which is accredited by City and Guilds.  They are very proud of this prestigious award which they see as not only recognition of the quality of the work they do, the dedication of their staff team including volunteers and Trustees, but also tangible evidence of the excellent service they provide to local young people.


Charity Commission News

To read the latest news from the Charity Commission click here



Bromley Mencap is delighted to have been awarded a 3-year contract from Bromley Council to deliver a new family support service for children and young people with social and communication needs.  They will deliver this service in partnership with CASPA who will run quarterly workshops for parents. 

Their new Family Support Worker will join their team of experienced Family Support Workers and provide advice, guidance and signposting to local and national services for parents and carers who have concerns about their children’s social and communication needs, awaiting assessment or post diagnosis of assessment.  Their Family Support Worker will be available to attend diagnostic assessments with parents and offer a follow up meeting within two weeks of the diagnostic meeting.

CASPA will deliver quarterly workshops for parents and carers which will be user-led, focus on the needs of families and include a wide range of autism-specific topics. The workshops will offer peer support and signposting. In addition Bromley Mencap will provide a weekly drop-in for families and a regular newsletter. 

To contact the service please telephone their Helpline on 020 8466 0790.

Burgess Autistic Trust (BAT) will no longer be providing the Burgess Family Service.

This change is effective from July 18th 2016. All new enquiries and referrals for the service as outlined above should now be made to Bromley Mencap directly. BAT will signpost any appropriate referrals received since the contract award to Bromley Mencap. 


 Bromley Children Project Children and Family Centre

Early Years Assistant

Salary scale: BR3

16hpw part time, term time only (39weeks) permanent post 

16hpw are spread across 4 mornings (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) 



If so, the opportunity has arisen for a dynamic, highly motivated and inspirational Early Years Assistant to work in Bromley’s Children and Family Centres.

Successful applicants must be dedicated to providing outstanding provision for the children in their care.

The Early Years Assistant will be supporting Early Years Practitioner to run crèche sessions for children aged 0-5, and also facilitating Learn and Play sessions for children and their parent/carers.

The successful candidate will have a full and relevant qualification equivalent to NVQ Level 2 in Early Years or above and

·    A compassionate and understanding personality, with a strong record of engaging positively with children, parents and staff.  

·    The ability to lead a Learn and Play session inspiring parents to enhance their child’s development. 

·    Extensive knowledge of young children’s development and of the EYFS Framework and support children with additional needs through differentiation of delivery.  

·    Evidence of outstanding practice and of promoting high standards of learning. 

Can you demonstrate that you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills?  Can you ensure the children in your care are happy, safe and in a stimulating environment?  Can you develop strong, trusting bonds with families and other agencies within the setting and beyond – if yes, we would love to hear from you!

 Do you understand EYFS legislation and can you implement relevant EYFS policies?  Does the thought of ‘putting each child at the centre of your practice’ motivate you?  If yes, we would love to hear from you!

 Does the thought of being involved in planning, preparing and reviewing the curriculum in line with the EYFS, in conjunction with rest of the Cèche and Early Years team excite you?  Do you have the ability to self-reflect and actively and positively participate in the development of the setting, the wider service and your own performance?  Does the thought of additional training to enhance your skills set excite you?  If yes, we would love to hear from you!

 If you have any questions about the role, please contact Charlotte Hawkes on 020 8461 7222.

Previous applicants need not apply. 

Closing: Midnight 31 July 2016

Testing and interviews:  during August

To apply please register with the Bromley Job site and complete the online application form. 

The post that you are applying for has been identified as being covered by the Disclosure by Association regulations and I would

therefore ask that you complete the declaration form attached to this vacancy.

You will also need to complete the  Rehabilitation of Offenders form which is also attached to this vacancy and then upload both of the completed forms as an attachment to your application before submitting it. 

Equal Opportunities Statement 

We are committed to achieving equal opportunities in employment and service delivery. 

We offer a generous package including competitive pay, Career average pension scheme, flexible working practices and the Bromley REAL benefits scheme; Childcare Vouchers, Cycle2Work and a wide range of unique


St Edward's Development Project - can you help?

Play n' Stay Leader

St Edward's Mottingham are seeking volunteer(s) to lead their Play 'n' Stay group on a Tuesday morning. This could possibly be someone seeking a college placement?

Web design, marketing and publicity
Is there anyone who might be able to help St Edwards's with marketing, publicity and website design?
Their volunteer now has a full time job!
If you are interested in either of these opportunities please contact Ruth


Bromley Mobility Forum Administrator  

Bromley Mobility Forum is a collective of some 10 voluntary organisations covering the needs of people with disabilities and their families who are working together to improve access and address mobility needs of their members to enable them to move freely around the borough and the London area…We are looking for someone with administrative and IT skills to take minutes of quarterly meetings, circulate minutes and relevant information  and make arrangements from time to time for meetings with local government officers and other transport providers. The time involved is approximately 8 to 10 hours per month on an ad hoc basis. All expenses will be paid”.

For further information contact Mrs Leslie Marks on lesliemarks@btinternet.com



Makaton Training

Following the success of our initial Makaton training session, I am pleased to announce that we will be offering further sessions in September this year.

The training will teach you basic signs and symbols together with a couple of songs.  There are lots of activities used during the session to reinforce learning of the signs. 


Wednesday 7th September or,

Wednesday 14th September or,

Wednesday 28th September


From 6.30 to 9.30pm


Community Room

Orpington Fire Station

Avalon Road



£20 per person payable in advance

If you would like to book a place please email me at cfforum@btconnect.com to request a place.  If a space is available I will send you details for payment.  If there are insufficient numbers to run a session, your payment will be returned in full.  If however, you fail to attend then we are unable to refund the £20. 

And finally, here are some of the comments from the previous session ....

This training will help me because I will be able to use Makaton to communicate with vulnerable young people with the youth centre that I work in.

I work with children all ages with different levels of need, I feel in
the dark when they are trying to communicate with me using Makaton and
had to rely on members of staff with training. It will also help with
children I see who are pre verbal and children with communication

It gave me a real sense of perspective of the young people I work with and how they learn and communicate; having key phrases will be very useful in my role and will definitely help me in communicating with the young people who often or only communicate with workers this way.