Parents of children who have disabilities and are aged under 18, are welcome to participate in our range of activities for adult carers, as well as any of our groups and social events for which they meet the relevant criteria.
Parents of children aged over 18, who are caring for their adult child, also qualify for our full range of services including Carers Assessment.

If you are caring for a child/adult of any age who has learning disabilities, you will find it helpful to contact Merton Mencap for access to their comprehensive range of services including Kids First and Adults First carer groups.


We do not currently operate a specialist advice service for Parent Carers of children under 18, but the following details helpful:

If your child attends Cricket Green, Perseid or another school for children with special needs, you can ask for support and advice from the school’s Family Support Worker. At a mainstream school the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator may be able to help.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Integrated Service
Short Breaks Service
Cricket Green Polyclinic
4 Birches Close
Telephone: 020 8545 4200
Email: [email protected]

Short Breaks Service

Help with DLA and Carers Allowance:
Merton Benefits Service
PO Box 610
Merton Civic Centre
Tel: 020 8274 4903

Merton Benefits Advice Service

Family Fund:
If you are raising a disabled or seriously ill child you may be able to apply for a grant to help you care for your child. Please visit:

Family Fund


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