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Young Merton Together

Kids First Forum for parents of children with SEN or disabilities

Kids First is Merton’s Forum for Parents and Carers of Children and Young People with Disabilities or Special Needs from birth up to age 25, who live in Merton or attend a Merton school or college. Membership is free and we currently have over 540 members. We are a project of Merton Mencap.

Joining Kids First gives members the opportunity to:

  • Meet other parents and carers in the same situation to share ideas and information and support each other
  • Meet people who run local services and tell them what you think
  • Attend free workshops on topics such as behaviour management and SEN updates
  • Receive useful information by email and a regular newsletter
  • Have a voice on local issues

Join the steering group and represent members on Merton’s Boards and Forums which design new services or review existing provision

We support all disabilities and special needs, including mild to severe learning disability, autistic spectrum disorder, physical and sensory impairment, and other complex medical needs.

To join, just complete a simple registration form which can be downloaded from the Merton Mencap website here or contact the Kids First Administrator, Tracy Blackwell, on 020 8687 4644, or email

Free Kids First Autumn Term Events for 2017

-Learn how to give First Aid, with Lucy Kiddle, First Aid Trainer: Friday 29 September, 9.30am to 12.30pm, Chaucer Centre, Room M, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX.

A First Aid session covering CPR, Recovery Position, Choking, Bleeding and Burns. Please note this is not a certificated course.


First come, first served!

-SEN update with Karla Finikin, Merton’s Head of SEN & Disability (SENDIS): Thursday 12 October, 10am to 12pm, Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX.

An opportunity to discuss SEN issues. Topic to be arranged. Come along & ask your questions.

Only 30 places available!

-Anger management, & techniques for managing anxiety and stress with Janey Bell, Professional Trainer in Neuro-Linquistic Programming: Friday 10 November, 10am to 2pm (lunch included), Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

Learn anger management & practical coping skills for dealing with anxiety & stress which can affect a person psychologically & physically.

This practical workshop explores different strategies & techniques that you can use at home on yourself, or with your son or daughter.

Only 30 places available!

- Staying safe online with Mark Brown, Special Needs Advisor, Special Help 4 Special Needs: Thursday 23 November, 10am-12pm, Chaucer Centre, Room M, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

Many children & young people with SEN can spend hour’s online using chat rooms, social media & other sites of interest. Sometimes this is the only social outlet they have. Mark will explain some of the hazards & will offer tips on what you can do to minimize risk, & keep your children safe online.

Only 25 places available!

-Sensory Integration and OT Techniques with Sheena Rufus, Merton Children & Young People’s Occupational Therapy, Central London Community Healthcare: Monday 4 December, 10am to 2pm (lunch included), Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

A practical session on sensory integration & occupational therapy techniques you can use at home with your child.

Find out what the OT service provides, plus information on referrals, waiting lists, assessments & OT in schools.

Only 30 places available!


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