Become an activist!

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What is activism?

Activism means taking action to make change.

The action could include:

  • working with others to spread your message.
  • sharing your story with the people who can make the change happen.
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Going to a campaign event with others, writing letters and speaking up are all ways to be an activist.

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You don’t have to be an expert and you don't need to go to protests.

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You just have to be a person who wants to create change with other people.


Find out more in our activism Easy Read

Stand up for what you care about

Campaigning for change by becoming a local activist is a powerful way to stand up for the issues you care about, whether that’s cuts to services, better health care for people with a learning disability , or an issue specific to you.

Our community activism coaches help people across England develop the skills to become effective and inclusive community organisers.

Our team can help you uncover your passion, support you to draw up your plan to make change happen or put you in touch with other activists in your area.

Become a local activist

Attend a free Community Organising and Activism Awareness Training event

If you're looking to understand more about activism and community organising, with a desire to create change for people with a learning disability, do come along to one of our one day face-to-face activism events.

We are going to be holding events right across the country in 2024 and all the locations and dates will be displayed on this page soon. Please keep popping back for our latest updates.

Topics covered will include:

  • Activism
  • Community organising
  • The Mencap coaching offer

These events aim to empower you to start your own campaign with training and encouragement from one of our experienced activism coaches. They will also enable you to find likeminded people, identify your goals and set up a campaign plan to achieve success.

Interested? Simply book your place and we'll send you more details.

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Watch our Activism in Action film

Activism means taking action to make a change. Whether it’s signing a petition, campaigning in your local community or sharing your knowledge with friends – lots of small actions add up to a big difference. Watch our Activism in Action film to find out how you can become an Everyday Activist and start campaigning for change!

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Become an activist in your local area

You'll be making a difference to the lives of people with a learning disability, their family members and carers. 

Talk to your local Mencap activism coach today!

Get in touch

Join our everyday activists Facebook group

The Everyday Activists - Campaigning with Mencap Facebook group is a great way to find out about local events, campaigning activities and sharing ideas about how you're getting along campaigning for the rights of people with a learning disability and their families.

It's a private group so only members can see who's in the group and what is being posted.

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Campaigning with Mencap
Our campaigns
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Our campaigning history

Frequently asked questions about activism 

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