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6 December 2013
How many people have to be in need of a short breaks service before a council warrants one? Stephen John, Mencap campaigns officer in the North of England, challenges what it takes for councils to justify providing short breaks services...
29 November 2013
My name is Ismail Kaji. I have a learning disability and I am the parliamentary affairs assistant at the learning disability charity Mencap. Your speech for the Margaret Thatcher lecture left me and my colleagues with a learning disability very upset.
25 November 2013
This week the campaigns assistants talked about short breaks for carers and why they are so important.
20 November 2013
Most people feel that they work too hard and could do with more time for themselves. Why does Mencap campaign for just one group of people – those with a learning disability and their family carers – to have access to specific services that give them this time off? Don’t we all need a break? Jo Davies, Mencap’s Campaigns Lead, explains why short breaks are so important and must be protected...
20 November 2013
Campaigns assistant Ciara Lawrence talks about her experiences of being bullied at school because of her learning disability and how bullying is now a great threat on the internet. She also give her top tips on being safe on the internet...
15 November 2013
In February this year Mencap published its latest breaking point report, which found that 8 out of 10 family carers of people with a learning disability have reached or are close to reaching breaking point because they don’t get enough short breaks . This is shocking but not surprising...
14 November 2013
When, in 2007, Mencap found that 8 out of 10 children with a learning disability had been bullied, the issue of disability-related bullying was put into sharp focus.
11 November 2013
Beverly Dawkins, Special advisor for Mencap, discusses the progress of the Winterbourne View Concordat - an agreement signed last year by the government and several organisations committing to transform the way local areas support people with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges...
1 November 2013
Bella Travis and Gemma Grant work on Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation's Out of sight campaign. Here they discuss progress since Winterbourne View and what you can do to help make sure change happens in your local area.
28 October 2013
Lloyds Bank is part of my childhood, the Black Horse stamped on my saving tin, which rattled with a tooth fairy’s sixpence. This week my adult eye was drawn to an advert for their trust service, akin and yet so different to the service I run at Mencap Trust Company Ltd.