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: 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.

Be me: Joanne McDonald

My name is Joanne McDonald. I work for Mencap as an equality officer. I am also a self-advocate who loves chick-flicks and going to concerts.