Mencap will be running free Information and Advice Workshops for families and carers of people with a learning disability in Launceston and Truro.

The workshops will take place on the following dates:

  • 24 February 2015 at Launceston Town Hall from 10am-2.30pm*
  • 26 February 2015 at Truro Town Hall Thursday from 10am-2.30pm.

Contact Louise Cripps to book a place on louise.cripps@mencap.org.uk or 020 7696 5524.

On 24 and 26 February 2015, the UK’s leading learning disability charity Mencap will be hosting Information and Advice Workshops on Personal Budgets for families and carers of people with a learning disability, in conjunction with Coodes Solicitors, at Launceston and Truro Town Halls.

A personal budget gives people with a disability, including those with a learning disability, greater choice and control about how their social care needs are met. Councils provide individuals with money – a ‘personal budget’ – from which they can pay for the support they need. Yet people with a learning disability, their families and carers have told Mencap that personal budgets are confusing and they are not sure what they are entitled to.

Mencap will be hosting two events in Cornwall which will provide free information and advice for families and carers of people with a learning disability on personal budgets. There will also be information stands from other local organisations and an opportunity to talk directly to expert solicitors from Coodes Solicitors.  

Louise Cripps, Regional Coordinator at Mencap, said:

 Personal budgets give people with a learning disability greater control over the support they need, based on what matters to them and what works for them. They can be used on a range of things, from getting help to learn new skills, to buying specialist equipment to make life easier. 

 Yet people with a learning disability, their families and carers have told Mencap that they find personal budgets confusing. The dossiers sent out by councils are difficult to understand, people are often unsure about what they are entitled to, and those who do have personal budgets often face long delays in getting them. 

 We have arranged these workshops in Cornwall, in conjunction with Coodes Solicitors, as we feel there is a real need to provide further information for families and carers in the area. 

For more information or to book your place, please contact Louise Cripps, Mencap, on louise.cripps@mencap.org.uk / 020 7696 5524.

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Notes to editors

For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact Lisa Gilbert, PR Officer at Mencap, onlisa.gilbert@mencap.org.uk or 020 7696 6950.

* Event details

24 February 2015

Launceston Town Hall, Westgate Street, Launceston, Cornwall PL15 7AR

10am – 2.30pm

26 February 2015

Truro Town Hall, Municipal Buildings, Boscawen Street, Truro TR1 2NE

10am – 2.30pm

About Mencap

There are 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability and their families and carers by fighting to change laws and improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities.

Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want.

www.mencap.org.uk  

What is a learning disability?

A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life.

People with a learning disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complex information and interact with other people. The level of support someone needs depends on individual factors, including the severity of their learning disability.

Learning disability is not a mental illness. The term learning difficulty is often incorrectly used interchangeably with learning disability.