In 2016 Mencap surveyed over 300 young people with a learning disability and found that:


  • 1 in 3 spend less than 1 hour outside their homes on a typical Saturday
  • 49.3% would like to spend more time outside their house
  • 17.8% feel alone and cut off from other people

How sport can help

Sport and physical activity can reduce loneliness and isolation.

Benefits for people with and without a learning disability include improved health and wellbeing, empowerment and greater social inclusion. 

Sport and physical activity between people with and without a learning disability can also help to improve attitudes and challenge negative views towards people with a learning disability.

This is why the theme of Learning Disability Week 2019 is sport and inclusion.

What's happening for Learning Disability Week 2019?

From 17 to 23 June, we want as many people as possible, with and without a learning disability, to get involved in inclusive sporting activities in their local communities.

The map (which we'll be adding more to in the coming weeks) shows the different types of events taking place, including some events which you can get involved in. 

Click on the different pins to find out more about each event. You can also click the icon in the top right hand corner to reveal the different categories of events.

We're still working on our events for Learning Disability Week, so be sure to check back here as more things will be added to the map in the run up to the 17 June!

Get involved!

We want to know if you're going to take part in a sporting activity during Learning Disability Week 2019!

Let us know what you're getting up to, and share your photos with us. 

You can do this by following us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter, and using #LDWeek19 on any posts you share.

Sport and Mencap

Round the World Challenge

In partnership with Sport England and the National Lottery, Mencap have launched the Round the World Challenge.

This is a fun, physical activity challenge that helps you lead a healthy lifestyle.

Find out more and how you can get involved. 


2020 Virgin Money London Marathon

Mencap are the official charity of the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Join Team Mencap for this iconic marathon and change the lives of people with a learning disability.


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