Be Me

Read more about the day-to-day lives of people with a learning disability and the different things they have achieved.


Be me: Tommy Jessop

I'm 26 and I'm an actor – I'm part of the Blue Apple Theatre company in Winchester, where I live with my family.

Be me: Michael Kendall

I'm 21 and I'm in my second year at Mencap National College at Dilston.

Be me: Karen Gray

I am an active self-advocate and campaigner. I'm involved with lots of groups, because I believe that people with a learning disability need to stand up and be counted.

Be me: Debbie Curwen

I’m a director of cleaning company A Clean Sweep – I have to make sure people get their wages and are doing their jobs properly.

Be me: Joe Mellone

My name is Guiseppe, because my parents are Italian, but everyone calls me Joe. I have an active life, and the highlight for me was reading for the Pope in Hyde Park.

Be me: Lucy Chenery

My name is Lucy and I love swimming. I hold a British record and in July I swam the Mencap Mile.

Be me: Mary Coventry

I love to write poems and stories. I get inspiration from the things I see and the people I know – like pylons, owls or friends who have passed away.

Be me: Philip Ring

I love sport, especially cricket. After waiting for 19 years, I recently became the first full MCC member with Down’s syndrome. 

Be me: Andy Kee

I am a visual artist and trainer. Often people with a learning disability have things done for them, rather than by them. But if you give support to the whole person, it's amazing what they can achieve.

Be me: Mandy Boulton Berry

I live with my husband and mother-in-law in south Wales. I recently went to Bangor University to speak to 200 psychology students

Be me: Nadeem Salim

I am 39 and I am employed by The Co-operative. I think it’s much better to be employed than unemployed, because you feel pride, dignity and respect

Be me: Lloyd Page

My name is Lloyd Page, and I volunteer for Mencap. I recently went to parliament and have helped out at the Little Noise Sessions

Be me: Richard Lawrence

My name is Richard Lawrence and I'm 24. I work for Mencap as a spokesperson and research assistant. A big part of my role is speaking at conferences, but I recently played football against MPs

Be me: Kevin Smiley

My name is Kevin Smiley and I am 45 years old. In February 2010 I'm doing a 10-day sponsored bike ride through Argentina and Chile to raise money for Mencap