Welcome to Activism Week 2018!

Mencap’s first ever Activism Week was from 15 to 21 October 2018.

Linking in with our Treat me well campaign we called on campaigners to take action, demanding change in their local hospital.

We also celebrated the brilliant health campaigners who are making a difference around the country.

Write to your local NHS Trust

We need hospital bosses to take the lead so people with a learning disability don't die avoidably in hospital, and care improves.

Use our new e-action to send a message to the boss at your local NHS Hospital Trust (England) or Local Health Board (Wales), asking them to become a Treat me well champion. 

It's quick and easy - please take action now!

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Meet our campaigners

Did you know people around the country have been busy campaigning on health issues with Treat me well? Take a look at the gallery below to meet the campaigners and find out why they love making their voice heard.

You can scroll through the different images either by using the thumbnail images at the top of the gallery, by clicking on the main image show, or using the arrow keys on your keyboard.

You can also make the gallery fullscreen by clicking the icon in the bottom left corner.

Photos by Alyssa Nedrow.

Find a Treat me well group

Look at our map to find out if there's a Treat me well group near you.

Email campaigns@mencap.org.uk if you would like to be put in touch with one of these groups.

Create your own Treat me well group

Around the country, groups are forming to campaign on health locally.

Want to set up your own group? Enter your details online here to download our new easy read guide to setting up a campaign group.

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Write to your local NHS Trust

We need hospital bosses to take the lead so people with a learning disability don't die avoidably in hospital, and care improves.

Use our new e-action to send a message to the boss at your local NHS Hospital Trust (England) or Local Health Board (Wales), asking them to become a Treat me well champion. 

It's quick and easy - please take action now!

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Activist of the year awards

We asked for nominations for inspiring activists doing great campaigning around the country, for our first ever Activist of the year awards.

Check out the shortlist and find out who won!

Find out more

Tips for dealing with the NHS

I have been fighting battles for my son James since he was born 19 years ago.

Those battles take place on all fronts, because he has multiple disabilities. But the health service is the one I now find the most difficult to deal with. 

Hear from Jane Raca about her top tips for dealing with the NHS, based on the experiences she has had when getting the right treatment for her son, James.

Read Jane's story

Treat me well in Makaton

Treat me well has teamed up with The Makaton Charity to make this short Makaton video (Treat me well translates as 'respect me' in Makaton!).

Watch the video to learn more about what the Treat me well campaign is about, and how you can show your support.

About Treat me well

1200 people with a learning disability die avoidably every year.

We know the treatment people with a learning disability get in hospital is still not good enough in many parts of the country. 

This has to change. Which is why we've launched Treat me well.

Find out more about the campaign including how you can get involved and show your support.

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