Mencap want the UK to be the best place in the world for people with a learning disability to live happy and healthy lives.
They want people with a learning disability to be valued equally, listened to and included. Everything they do is about making this a reality.
For 75 years, Mencap has provided essential support to the 1.5 million people with a learning disability and their families in the UK. They are the UK’s largest provider of services for people with a learning disability.
What is a learning disability?
A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life.
There are different types of learning disability, which can be mild, moderate, severe or profound. In all cases a learning disability is lifelong.
What challenges do people with a learning disability face?
Right now, people with a learning disability face inequality in every area of life. They face barriers finding a job, accessing activities in their local community and receiving good quality healthcare.
Only 6% of people with a learning disability are in paid employment.
50% of people with a learning disability experience chronic loneliness.
People with a learning disability are more likely to live in poverty.
It’s important to remember that with the right support, most people with a learning disability in the UK can lead independent lives.
What are Mencap doing?
Mencap tackle the issues faced by people with a learning disability head on by,
Providing support through a range of services, ranging from round-the-clock care to helping someone join in with local leisure activities
Giving expert advice and information that empowers people and their families
Campaigning relentlessly for changes that brings greater equality for people with a learning disability
Mencap are here to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and their families now, and fight alongside them for a better future. They team up with their network of over 300 local groups to reach people across England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
What services do Mencap provide?
The services Mencap provide range from round-the-clock care to helping someone join in with local leisure activities, providing advice and information on things like employment and education, helping someone to live independently for the first time, and even things like reporting a crime to the police.
In a nutshell, they try to help in any area of a person’s life where they need support.
What other ways can I support Mencap?
- Join a campaign: Mencap campaigns about lots of different issues like fighting cuts to services or lobbying for vital new legislation.
- Fundraise: Galvanise your friends, family and wider community to raise vital funds. Mencap has lots of ideas and resources and will be on hand to support every step of the way.
- Volunteer: Mencap have a range of voluntary roles. Give your time to help people with a learning disability live the lives they want to lead.
- Shop with Mencap: Donate or shop at one of Mencap’s 28 stores across the UK.
How can I contact Mencap?
You can get in touch or access a wealth of information on their website www.mencap.org.uk.
You are also welcome to give them a call on 0207 696 6007 or send an email to the team at email@example.com.