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Mencap response to Budget 2017

Extra £2bn announced in the Budget for social care is not enough to meet needs of disabled people – Mencap response to Budget 2017 Chancellor fails to take final opportunity to reverse damaging cuts to disability benefits coming in in April Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond announced the Budget, offering £2bn towards social care over the next ... Read More »

One in three parents of a child with a learning disability is in a distressed relationship

Charities Relate, Relationships Scotland and Mencap call for increased support for families Parents who have a child with a learning disability are facing unnecessary pressures on their relationships. This is according to a new report, which finds that one in three of these parents is in a relationship which would be described in the counselling room as ‘distressed’ (compared to ... Read More »

SmART: Artists with a learning disability celebrate exhibition opening at Williamson Art Gallery

The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum in Claughton, Birkenhead, is now showing ‘SmART, a learning disability collaboration Project’, which boasts beautiful and thoughtful art from over 25 artists with a learning disability from across the borough. Four participating organisations; Wirral Evolutions, Royal Mencap Society, Autism Together and Wirral Mencap’s Crossbow Club set up the exhibition to give the artistic talents ... Read More »

Arctic Piranha offers a safe haven for learning disabled clubbers

A new report has been released by a leading charity which shows that 1 in 4 disabled people have been discriminated against in mainstream clubs and at music gigs, but ARC’s regular Arctic Piranha club nights are already going some way in combating feelings of isolation and harassment for learning disabled adults in the Tees Valley. The national report, which ... Read More »

Local disability organisations secure £10,000 to hold Wirral’s Inclusion Festival -‘One Wirral’

Three local disability organisations, Wirral Mencap, Options for Supported Living and Wirral Evolutions have jointly secured £10,000 from the National Lottery to hold an inclusive community festival in Birkenhead Park this summer. ‘One Wirral’ will be a festival for the whole community, celebrating the diversity of Wirral and all the peninsula has to offer.   It will bring together community groups ... Read More »

Mencap responds to announcement by DWP’s ‘war on inaccessibility’

Today (21 December) the Department of Work and Pensions has announced plans to recruit disability champions in to key sectors of businesses, such as retail, hospitality and sport, to improve accessibility for disabled people in the UK. Accessibility is a huge issue for people with a learning disability who can struggle to understand information when out in public. Despite rulings ... Read More »

Mencap highlights Autumn statement on employment

Universal Credit taper rate does nothing to mitigate cuts to Employment and Support Allowance – Mencap response to Autumn statement. Mencap highlights an Autumn Statement that fails to mitigate any of the damaging effects of the £30 a week cut to Employment and Support Allowance and failure to explain how the Government intends to halve the disability employment gap – a ... Read More »

Charity receives major funding to help people into work

£156,000 awarded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund The statistics speak for themselves – around 6 per cent of people with a learning disability are in paid employment, despite more than 60 per cent wanting and being able to be in work. Those figures come from Mencap, looking at the picture across the UK. Across Warwickshire and ... Read More »

ParalmympicGB athletes with learning disabilities win 12 medals despite event restrictions

Just 3 out of 23 sports open to athletes with a learning disability – Mencap petition calls for more events to be opened up. 8% of medals (12 out of 147) won by Team GB at the Paralympics were won by athletes with a learning disability, despite them making up just 3% of the overall Team GB. This success adds ... Read More »

Over 170 runners climb 36 floors of London’s Walkie Talkie for charity challenge

On July 17, over 170 people from across the UK climbed London’s famous ‘Walkie Talkie’ skyscraper to raise money to help people with a learning disability get in to the world of work. Runners climbed the 828 steps of the landmark, otherwise known as 20 Fenchurch Street, to reach the exclusive Sky Garden, Europe’s highest roof garden, where they were ... Read More »

Mencap respond to 40% increase in disability hate crimes in past year

The Crown Prosecution Service today released figures showing the number of prosecutions for hate crimes against disabled people has risen by 41.3% in the last year. Mencap issue the below statement highlighting the need for everyone in the criminal justice system to take disability hate crime seriously and apply the full strength of the law. Dan Scorer, Head of Policy ... Read More »

Week of events mark Learning Disability Week 2016

People with a learning disability and their families from Wirral have been invited to attend a number of FREE events organised by Wirral Mencap to mark Learning Disability Week 2016 (20–26 June).  The week is designed to help break down the barriers people with a learning disability can face when developing relationships. The events include a drop-in lunch, a ‘Crafternoon ... Read More »