Why does inclusion matter?

People with a learning disability need to have their voices heard. At Mencap we make sure all our work is guided by them.

Our vision statement shows that we want people with a learning disability to be listened to and included in all aspects of life.

Successful campaigns like Hear My Voice show that the personal experiences of people with a learning disability are influencing all parts of Mencap’s work.

Include Me, Our Voices and the Voices Council

We have inclusion groups across England, and an advisory forum (the Voices Council ), which reports to our trustees.

We listen to and value the contributions our groups make. Read on to find out more and meet the groups.

About Include Me and Our Voices

Different topics are discussed at each meeting, and there are sometimes visitors from outside of Mencap.

We aim to give first-hand experience of what people with a learning disability need and want to happen.

Our work is made much stronger by listening to the people we support first.

The two original Inclusion Groups started in 2014 meet often to make sure the views and insights people with a learning disability guide our work at Mencap. The two groups are:

  • Include Me (based in London)
  • Our Voices (based in Rotherham)

Membership of the two groups is entirely from people with a learning disability and/or autism , with support provided from Mencap staff.

About the Voices Council

The Voices Council advises on important issues and reports to our trustees and leadership team.

They meet 6 times a year and are made up of a group of experts by experience.

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Meet the groups

Click on each of the headings below to reveal information about each member of the Our Voices group, the Include Me group and the Voices Council.

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Find out more!

If you would you like to get involved or find out more, we’d love to hear from you.

Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do at Mencap, drop an email to Inclusion@mencap.org.uk if you have any questions!

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