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18+ Advice & Information

Working for You

Local support for adults with learning disabilities and adults with autism as part of our Bright Futures Service. Struggling to cope and need support with housing, money, benefits or other issues?

Working For You is a short term support, information advice and guidance service for adults with learning disabilities and adults with autism. We have a team of experienced workers who provide help and support for people with learning disabilities and adults with autism in Barnet. We can help you with problems you may be having with:

  • Housing - Problems with where you live
  • Health - Helping you to stay healthy
  • Dealing with other people - Supporting you to have your say. Supporting you with appointments and meetings
  • Finding other services - Letting you know who else can support you
  • Money and Benefits - Helping you to manage your money and claim benefits. Supporting with personal budgets and direct payments
  • Letters - Helping you understand official letters
  • Keeping safe - Helping keep you safe
  • Any other issues you may be struggling with

View a video about the service

Email us on projectsupport@barnetmencap.org.uk or if you'd prefer to give us a call, you can do so on 020 8349 3842 to book an appointment. For information about how to get to our office, please click here.


To refer somebody to Working for You, please fill in this referral form.

If you, or somebody you know, has autism or would like to find out if they might have autism, then head to our Autism Service, who offer free autism screenings, help around benefits, finances, housing, employment and much more.

If you want to meet new friends, Barnet Mencap's Community Opportunities Project may be for you. They meet regularly for bowling, meals out, pub visits and more. For more information, please see the Leisure and Learning page.

Useful Advice and Support Links

Age UK Barnet  - Age UK Barnet is a voluntary organisation existing to serve and promote the interests of all older citizens of the London Borough of Barnet, from all walks of life and ethnic communities.

Alzheimer's Society - Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The local branch of the Alzheimer’s Society has a family support worker who provides support to families and facilitates two monthly support groups. All carers of people with dementia are welcome.

Barnet Carers Centre  - Barnet Carers Centre was established in February 1996 as part of the network of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers. The Centre offers advice, information, emotional and practical support for all informal carers who live or work in the London Borough of Barnet.

Inclusion Barnet  – Inclusion Barnet is a peer-led organisation that promotes accessibility for disabled people by breaking down barriers to employment and social inclusion.

CommUNITY Barnet  - Formerly named Barnet Voluntary Service Council, CommUNITY Barnet is a voluntary organisation which was set up in 1979 to support, promote and develop voluntary and community action in the London Borough of Barnet.

Friend in Need  - A voluntary organisation providing a range of services for older people, disabled people and their carers living in the East and New Barnet area.

Expect the Best  - A quality checking project that employs people with learning disabilities, other disabilities and carers to speak to people who use support services to find out what they think about the support they get. It is overseen by 6 local Mencaps - Barnet, Brent, Harrow, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Kensington & Chelsea. Click here to find out more. 

Healthwatch Barnet  - Healthwatch Barnet is here to help local people get the best out of their health and social care services.
What is Healthwatch? Click here to view an EasyRead document.

Jewish Care - Jewish Care is the largest health and social care organisation serving the Jewish community in London and the south east of England.

London Borough of Barnet - Provides information about all the services in the borough of Barnet.

Parents' Action Group (PAG) - An independent group which enables members to campaign and support families living in Barnet who have an adult with a learning disability.

Royal Mencap Society  - Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything they do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

Safeguarding Adults  - London Borough of Barnet's safeguarding children page - find out more about what safeguarding adults is and report any concerns.

Talk to Me - Healthwatch Barnet
Our report on the local healthcare experiences of people with learning disabilities and/or autism in the borough of Barnet, as well as recommendations. Download here

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