Greenwich Mencap was founded in 1951 as the Woolwich & Greenwich Society for Mentally Handicapped Children, to campaign for a better deal for people with a learning disability and provide the services that they and their families need.

Since then, we have grown to 26 full-time staff and many more part-time and volunteers who provide advice, support and representation to adults and children with learning disabilities, learning difficulties or autism in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Our leadership team, staff and volunteers work tirelessly to give those people a voice, improve their daily lives and ensure they are valued equally in the community.

Terri Looker, Director of Services

Terri joined Greenwich Mencap in 2004 after almost two decades working for the Royal Mail. She is responsible for day-to-day management decisions and the development and implementation of the organisation's strategic plans.

Carole Britton, Welfare Manager

Carole joined us in 2015 after two years as a Care Home Manager and more than a decade in management roles at other disability charities. She is responsible for leading and developing our Information and Advice service.

Pam Belonwu, Independent Living Support Manager

Pam joined Greenwich Mencap in 2015 as our Support Manager and Registered Manager for our CQC registration. She leads our team of dedicated Independent Living Assistants to ensure we deliver a consistently high level of support to our service users, their families and carers. She previously worked in the NHS where she worked on community engagement, patient and public involvement, and equality, diversity and human rights.

Anna-Maria Cahalane MacGuinness, Training, Education & Development Manager

Anna-Maria joined Greewich Mencap in 2014, bringing years of experience working with children with disabilities and complex needs through her roles as art teacher, head of inclusion at a further education college and foster parent. She is responsible for delivering Childrens' Services, Training and Education, and is our Lead Safeguarding Officer for children.

James Thorpe, Finance Manager

James joined us in 2015 having managed the finances of a Southwark charity which looks after unpaid Carers. His responsibilities for Greenwich Mencap include budgetary control, sales and purchase ledger control, payroll administration and contact manager for all fundraising events and activities.

Cathy McClimonds, Childrens Department

Cathy joined us in July 2016 after working in various Greenwich schools, focusing on children with Special Educational Needs. She now supports children and families through the Education, Health and Care Plan process, and provides disability awareness training for organisations like Thameside and Belmarsh prisons.

Antonia Cassettari, Childrens Department

Since 2015 Toni has been working on the Greenlights Project, supporting parents and carers to understand challenging behaviour. Before coming to Greenwich Mencap, Toni worked as a Rehabilitation Facilitator in community hospitals and residential homes for adults with a learning disability and mental health problems.

Our trustees

Morris Pearlgood, Chair

David Goldstraw

Jane Lawson, Vice Chair

Anthony Pearlgood

Ian Blackie

Georgina Earle-Hutton, Treasurer

Want to join our team?

If you’re interesting in volunteering some of your time for an amazing, worthy cause that has a direct impact on the lives of people near you, call us on the number below between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively, email us or send us a message and we’ll get back to you soon!


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