Our staff and volunteers are sharing their favourite memories from our Connecting Communities programme's events and activities.

The team are looking back over some of their most treasured experiences with us.

If you would like to share some of your own memories, you can write messages and post photos in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

A message about the project from our Connecting Communities Manager Jeremy Child:

Welcome to this new Harrow Mencap Forum for all of us. We want staff past and present, clients and families and volunteers old and new to send their memories over many years in. Any humorous memories, happy memories or stories. Try and give the dates to go with the story as far as you can recall it.

Also please please comment on other people's stories and memories as they come in. Have a discussion.

Please make sure though that everything posted is civil. Anything untoward will be immediately deleted. I am sure that won`t happen though with our Harrow Mencap family.

Some of the memories people have shared so far have been:

Brexit and You Cross-Party Panel Discussion in June 2019

Making friends, fun activities and meeting MPs and councillors, 2016-2019

Emma was a Harrow Mencap volunteer until she moved away in 2019. She says:

I have had good memories at Harrow Mencap. I used to be manager at the pop up shop and I used to be volunteer to collect money for Harrow Mencap I had good times there with all my friends.

Harrow mencap means lot to me they are like family to me and they give me more confidence, they have helped me lot.

I had good times with my friends on the Pinner Green Easter Egg Hunt and on Pancake Day at St. John's Church and in the play at St Mary Church.

I have enjoyed Alan the Entertainer's shows, and music by John. I also enjoyed talking to the MPs and councillors.

Christmas Show Rehearsals, December 2016

Joyce says:

I’ve really enjoyed the Christmas concerts and I think we’ve had fun in rehearsals. My happiest moments which brings a smile to my face is at the end of the concert when everyone has come up trumps and we get lovely feedback. I know how much effort everyone puts in trying to get it right and that makes me very happy.

  

Collecting with former Mayor of Harrow Krishna Suresh in 2016

Christmas Concert at St Luke's Church Pinner on Saturday 19 December 2015

Friends Janet and Erica share their thoughts about their first ever Connecting Communities event in 2015

When we walked into a lunchtime gathering run by Harrrow Mencap, on a Tuesday, at St John’s Church, it was the beginning of many new opportunities for us - to learn from Forums and to socialise and connect with like-minded people.  We enjoy many Connecting Communities events.  One of our favourites is held at St Anselm’s Church, where the hospitality and buffet lunch that the church provides, are something special.

Afternoon tea at Joyce's house in 2015

Our Sponsored Walk in May 2014 when Charles raised over £1500