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Merton Mencap : Saturday Club

The Saturday Club runs for children aged 5-12 on Saturdays 10am-4pm during term time. 

The Saturday club runs for 2 different age groups which alternate weekly aged 5-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Niki Lowe
Contact Position
Projects Manager
020 3963 0599
Saturday Club

This service is part of Merton's Short Breaks offer.

Parent Organisation


Perseid Upper School
Middleton Road

Time / Date Details

When is it on
10.00am to 4.00pm
Session Information
Saturdays term time only

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

Access to the service is on a referral-only basis through assessment by Merton Council’s Integrated Service Team (SENDIS).

The scheme is open to Merton residents only and does not accept out of borough referrals

Childcare Information

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
18/01/2014Inspection (Childcare Register)Not Met (with actions)

Local Offer

Contact Name
Projects Manager (Young People)
Contact Telephone
020 8254 8389 or 07799 315043
Contact Email
Merton Mencap website
Quality Assurance
Affiliated to the Royal Mencap Society. Awarded the London Youth Quality Mark. London Borough of Merton approved service provider. Registered with OFSTED

Detailed Local Offer

1. Aims of the service

The Saturday Club provides an opportunity for children and young people to participate in a range of leisure activities at a base and in the community.  The club encourages children/young people to take part in activities, while also providing a meaningful short break for family carers.

  • The children and young people will be supported to
  • choose activities and take part in them
  • access community facilities which non-disabled children and young people take for granted
  • meet personal goals which they have set themselves or have been set for them (e.g. by a parent)
  • build confidence and self-esteem

Each child or young person attending the Saturday club will be supported to form a Personal Plan which includes their goals/targets.  These goals/targets reflect what the child or young person will achieve through their attendance.   Goals and targets can be linked to those included in the child/young person’s Education Healthcare Plan.

Children/young people and their families have the opportunity to try the service for a session to see whether they would like to join.

2. Location and delivery

The Saturday Club is located at Perseid Upper School

The Saturday Club provides activities which run from the base (Perseid School) and also take place in the local community.

3. Who the service is for

The Saturday Club is for children and young people between the ages of 5-16 years with learning disabilities and autism, including those with high care needs (e.g. physical disabilities, medical needs, challenging behaviours), living in Merton. 

The Saturday Club provides for up to 12 children and young people per week.

A financial contribution is sought for families living outside of Merton who wish to take an additional place at the club.

4. Accessibility

Yes, the Saturday Club is fully accessible to children with SEND and their families in the following ways:

  • Staff have received training in providing specialist care for children and young people with a learning disabilities who have additional care needs, including those with moving and handling needs, medical needs, additional feeding requirements and challenging behaviours
  • Transport to/from the Saturday Club can be provided to children and young people who could not otherwise access the club
  • The Saturday Club is based at Perseid School, a school for severe and profound learning disabilities, as the facilities and accessibility is excellent

We would not exclude any child/young person from this service unless health and safety grounds warrant it.

5. Opening times and availability

The Saturday Club runs on Saturdays between 10am and 4pm during term time only (36 weeks of the year).

The children and young people attending the Saturday Club are divided into two groups, by age, and each groups is provided for on a fortnightly basis.

6. How to start using the service

Access to the service is on a referral-only basis through assessment by Merton Council’s Integrated Service Team.

Once Merton Council has made the referral, Merton Mencap will carry out a home visit to meet the family and the child/young person in order to establish their interests and support needs.

We are, however, currently planning to provide this service for families who receive a Personal Budget.  We ask families who are interested in this service to get in touch with us for more information.

7. Measuring our performance

The aims of the Saturday Club can be measured in the following ways:

  • Each child/young person will be supported to form a Personal Plan which includes their goals and aspirations in attending the club.  These goals and aspirations are determined by the child/ young person or with support from their parent.   The Personal Plan is monitored and tracked to show the child/ young person’s achievements.
  • Accessible evaluations are conducted with the children/young people attending the Saturday Club in the form of 1:1 interviews and group sessions
  • Evaluations are conducted with parents to determine that they have confidence in the Saturday Club, that the activities at the Saturday Club are appropriate for their child/young person, and that they feel they are receiving a quality short break from a trusted provider
8. Quality assurance

Merton Mencap is required to adhere to stringent governance as part of our affiliation to Royal Mencap Society.  In addition:

  • we have a comprehensive set of Standards, Policies, Procedures and Codes of Conducts which all staff and volunteers are required to adhere to
  • our senior managers conduct internal audits each month, and report their findings to the Executive Board (trustees)
  • Merton Mencap has been awarded the London Youth Quality Mark (AQYP) in relation to our services for children and young people
  • The managers of our services for children and young people contribute to local multi-agency meetings with providers of other services for children and young people in order to share information (consent allowing) to ensure high quality care planning for the child and young person
  • The Saturday Club is registered with OFSTED
9. How we capture and use information to improve our service

We take responsibility for managing the process of planning the care for the child/young person.  Each child/young person will have a written care plan in relation to managing personal care, moving and handling, managing challenging behaviour and managing any medical needs.  Parental agreement is sought in relation to the assessment, care plans, risk assessment and permissions for outings.

We offer a variety of means to communicate with children and young people and their families using our services, including email and text messaging, written letters (including accessible letters), PECS and MAKATON. 

For the Saturday Club, we organise activities well in advance and publish these to the children and young people and their families so it is clear what is being offered.

All information received from families is stored securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

10. Staffing

The Saturday Club is managed by our Projects Manager (young people), who is based at our Merton Mencap office in Mitcham.  The Saturday Club is run by a team of 5 staff and 2 volunteers, which includes a Team Leader who is responsible on the day.

The contact details of the Projects Manager (young people) and Team Leader are provided to children and young people and their families.

Our ratio of staff to children/young people at all our services never falls below 1:3 for community activities and 1:5 for activities taking place at a base.

11. Staff training

The Projects Manager (young people), who is responsible for managing the Saturday Club, has received training to Level 5 (Diploma in Leadership for Health & Social Care for Services for Children and Young People). 

All our staff and volunteers receive mandatory training in Safeguarding Children, Health & Safety and Equal Opportunities & Diversity at a level a relevant to their role.  Staff delivering more specialist care are provided with additional training in areas such as administrating medication and using hoists and slings.

At least one person at all Saturday Club sessions has received First Aid training.

12. Staff qualifications (minimum)

We require the managers (our Projects Managers) of our services for children and young people to have received training equivalent to Level 5.

We require all staff who deliver our Saturday Club to have experience of supporting children and young people with a learning disability or special need.  All our staff and volunteers are required to complete our mandatory training in the areas of Safeguarding Children, Health & Safety (manual handling) and Equal Opportunities & Diversity.

13. Quality assurance standards and membership of regulatory bodies

Merton Mencap is a registered charity (no 1113444) and company limited by guarantee (no. 5692213).

We are affiliated to the Royal Mencap Society (

Merton Mencap has been awarded the London Youth Quality Mark (AQYP) in relation to our services for children and young people

The Saturday Club is registered with OFSTED (

14. Paying for the service

Merton Mencap receives a grant from Merton Council to run the Saturday Club.

We do not require families to pay a mandatory contribution towards the running of the Saturday Club, although we invite families using the service to make a donation to Merton Mencap which can be applied to the club.  All donations made are gratefully received.

We are currently planning to run this service so families can pay for a place using their personal budget.  We ask families to get in touch with us for more information.

15. Who to contact for further information

For further information about the Saturday Club, please contact Merton Mencap:

Projects Manager (Young People)

Tel: 020 8254 8389 
Mobile: 07799 315043

The Merton Mencap main office number and central email address is:

Tel: 0208 646 0965

To contact Merton Council’s Integrated Service Team, contact your social worker (if you have one) or telephone the Merton Council on:

Tel: 020 8274 4901

Last updated: 01/06/2021
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