Press releases

Mencap press releases on learning disability news and issues.

15 July 2014
Mencap’s Getting It Right – From The Start (GIR-FTS) project, which was discussed at yesterday’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), has revealed 93% of GPs would recommend specific training on learning disability to all health professionals.
11 July 2014
Early closure announced of first Charity Retail Bond to be issued on London Stock Exchange
7 July 2014
Jan Tregelles, chief executive of the Royal Mencap Society, and Vivien Cooper, chief executive of The Challenging Behaviour Foundation, respond to Bill Mumford’s resignation from the Joint Improvement Board.
30 June 2014
Last Saturday (28 June), nearly 100 people with a learning disability came from across the UK to compete in The Royal Mencap Society’s Seventeenth Open National Athletics Championships at Manchester Regional Arena, at Sportcity.
30 June 2014
The first charity bond to be listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Order Book for Retail Bonds, launched today, will buy houses for people with a learning disability and allows investors to help create the accommodation needed by people with a learning disability.
16 June 2014
2014’s Learning Disability Week starts today on June 16 and Mencap, with the help of Holby City and Emmerdale actress Ty Glaser, are calling for people with a learning disability to share stories of their first times.
11 June 2014
Today saw the launch of an innovative pilot programme in Reading which aims to offer new opportunities for people with a learning disability to take part in canoeing.
6 June 2014
Mencap warns that many people with a learning disability may miss out on services they desperately need following the Government’s publication of a consultation on who is eligible for social care under the new Care Act.
2 June 2014
The last property has been purchased with 2013’s £10m Social Investment Bond to fund permanent homes for people with a learning disability.
31 May 2014
Tomorrow, (1 June 2014), the deadline passes for the Government’s commitment to ensure that people with a learning disability are supported to return to their communities from units like Winterbourne View and get the right support and services in their local areas.