Press releases

Mencap press releases on learning disability news and issues.

25 February 2014
The death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk on 4 July 2013 was preventable, according to the publication of an independent inquiry into his death, published yesterday by Verita.
11 February 2014
Yesterday afternoon, Mencap spokeswoman Lorraine Bellamy told the joint meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Health and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Learning Disability about how she struggled to live independently before she was able to get valuable social care at home.
10 February 2014
On Sunday 16 February, BBC One will broadcast an episode of Call The Widwife which will show a storyline about how a relationship between a disabled man and woman, and the baby it produces, causes controversy in the 1950s. Mencap's Ciara Lawrence comments.
7 February 2014
A unique national project by Mencap Cymru to highlight the hidden heritage of people with a learning disability in Wales has received a £292,900 grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
30 January 2014
The report of a joint inspection into people with learning disabilities within the criminal justice system said their needs should be recognised and addressed.
30 January 2014
Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap and Vivien Cooper, chief executive of The Challenging Behaviour Foundation, respond to the CQC’s Monitoring the Mental Health Act 2012/13 report.
1 January 2014
8 out of 10 family carers feel exhausted, isolated and even suicidal due to local council cuts to short break services across the country, a report from Mencap has found.