Hello, and welcome to FamilyHub- Mencap’s brand new online community for parents and family carers of people with a learning disability. We say it’s Mencap’s community, but really, it’s yours.

In 1946, Judy Fryd – angered and frustrated by the lack of support and provision available to her daughter Felicity, who had a learning disability – wrote to Nursery World magazine, asking that other parents of children with a learning disability, who found themselves in a similar situation, contact her.

More than 1,000 parents responded and Judy went on to suggest they should join forces and plead their cause with their local health and education authorities. Here, Mencap was born.
Now, in our 70th year – and in honour of Judy – we’re launching a new online community for parents of children with a learning disability. Parents, like Judy, who are seeking support from, or contact with others like them.

It is a community to share your experiences, your triumphs and your challenges, and to offer support and guidance to others whose family situation is similar to your own.

We recognise you’re experts by experience, and we’re here, simply to facilitate this community.

If you’re not really sure where to start, come and say hello. We’d love to talk to you!

Mencap's online community

Mencap’s online community is a safe and supportive place to meet others, ask questions about learning disability, share experiences and offer support.

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#ThanksJudy: Tell us your stories

We're celebrating our birthday by saying "Thanks Judy!" for 70 years of change for people with a learning disability.

We want you to celebrate with us too - so please share your stories with us and let us know what difference Mencap has made to you and why you'd like to thank Judy.

When sharing on social media, don't forget to use the hashtag: #ThanksJudy

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