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: Yasmin Bailey

I’m married to Lee and we have Albie who was two in October. Albie was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome at birth. We live in Frampton Cotterell, North of Bristol.

Be Me: Jack Welch

My name’s Jack, I’m 21 and from Dorset. I went to the University of Winchester to study English and Creative writing. I have a learning disability and Asperger’s syndrome, and I’m very active as a volunteer for many different organisations.

Be Me: Michael Hughes

When I joined Mencap, my Employment Officer Rita McCrory, took me through a Vocational Profile. This helped me to see what type of work that would suit me and Rita talked to me about starting with a placement in either a cinema or golf club.

Be Me: Christina and Michael

We are Christina and Michael and we are both in our 60s, we have been married for 30 years.

Be me: Aine Owens

Aine Owens lives in Cookstown, County Tyrone. She is a Mencap Young Ambassador and recently campaigned successfully for her local council to reopen a children’s play park, but make it inclusive – and they did.

Be Me: Hazel Ratcliff

Hazel is 49 and has a learning disability. Last Christmas her support worker, Maureen, supported her to travel to Australia to visit her family. Find out more about this inspiring story.

Be Me: Jay Caughey

Jay Caughey has been supported by Mencap’s Employment and Personal Development Service in Northern Ireland since March 2013.

Be me: Ashley Sykes

Ashley lives in Bolton and through Mencap's Inspire Me project has become a more confident and outgoing person. He has been involved with the Hear My Voice campaign.

Be me: Jayne & Jonathan

After the death of their brother Paul, Jayne and Jonathan now campaign for better healthcare for people with a learning disability.

Be me: Philip Kleinknecht

Philip was supported into full time employment by Mencap's Worksmart programme. He now lives independently with his own home and car.

Be me: Varsha Sharma

Varsha lives in Belfast and is a young woman on a mission. Having shadowed the Belfast’s Lord Mayor for a day she has dreams of opening her own business.

Be me: Sharen Snook

Sharen has just started work experience with Asda, after completing a Mencap course to help get back into the workplace.

Be me: Eddie Macdonald

Eddie loves to DJ, and is currently participating in a DJ course run by the Islington Social Inclusion Service, which is part of Mencap's Me Time programme.

Be me: Eoin Kenny

Eoin works for two graphic design companies for part of the week and is passionate about photography. Last year he was a City of Culture volunteer.