Are you a teacher, parent or student? We need your school to support Mencap.
Help us fulfil our vision of a world where people with a learning disability A learning disability is to do with the way someone's brain works. It makes it harder for someone to learn, understand or do things. are treated equally and given the same opportunities as everyone else is.
Why support Mencap?
- People with a learning disability are still one of the most excluded groups in society.
- 8 out of 10 children with a learning disability are bullied.
- 1 in 4 people with a learning disability spends less than 1 hour outside their home every day. 28% admits to feeling ‘isolated’ or ‘lonely’.
We provide vital services to people with a learning disability, their families and carers, we campaign A campaign is when people work together to try to change something. for equal rights Rights are the things everyone should be allowed to do like have a say, or go to school. and we support self advocacy Advocacy is when you get support to have your say. and independent living. One of our priorities is to raise awareness and change attitudes so that people with a learning disability are treated fairly and have access to the same opportunities as others.
You can help us achieve this by raising awareness of learning disability in your school and in the community A community is the people and places in an area. and by raising funds that will help us do more to support people with a learning disability.
You’ll also be delivering elements of your citizenship/PSHE curriculum.
How you can support Mencap
There are many ways you can support Mencap at your school, including:
- taking part in Get Arty!
- a bake sale
- a fancy dress no uniform day
- a Spellathon
- a sports day
- raising awareness and funds during Learning Disability Week in June, Anti-Bullying Week in November or your own Charity Week.
Seven ways your school can prevent bullying
Here are some key things that schools can do to help prevent the bullying of students with SEN or a learning disability:
- Have a school policy against bullying.
- Create an inclusive school ethos and atmosphere.
- Raise awareness of disability amongst all students in mainstream schools.
- Support students to make and maintain friendships.
- Involve parents and carers as well as students in bullying prevention schemes.
- Provide training for teachers on bullying prevention.
- Provide training for teachers in mainstream schools on SEN and learning disability.
School-based bullying prevention programmes are most effective when they are intensive, long-term, and involve increased playground supervision, firm disciplinary methods, and the involvement of parents.
How Mencap can support your school
Every school raising funds for Mencap receives a certificate to proudly display. Each school is different, so let us know your plans and we’ll see how we can support you. We could send information about learning disability and materials for events, for example.
Take part in our flagship fundraising project for schools, Get Arty!, and we'll send you a pack with everything you need, including an assembly plan, video and presentation for learning disability awareness.
Talk to us
Want to know more? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7696 6949.
Are you unsure what a learning disability is and isn't? If so, find out more.