It's Learning Disability Week 2020!

Learning Disability Week 2020 took place online from 15 to 21 June.

The theme of the week was the importance of friendships during lockdown

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have all been living in lockdown. This means that many people with a learning disability are feeling isolated, as they have been unable to see their friends and families.

We know that people with a learning disability already experience high levels of loneliness and social isolation and that this will only have been made worse by the lockdown.

We want to show the importance of friendships to help with tackling isolation, as well as exploring the different ways of maintaining friendships during this unusual time.

Ways to get involved with #LDWeek2020

Here are some of the ways you can get involved with Learning Disability Week 2020.

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Sign up for befriending

We know that people with a learning disability already experience high levels of loneliness and social isolation and that this will only have been made worse by coronavirus.

Befriending can help. 

So please get in touch with us to:

  • find out more about befriending
  • see what befriending options are available in your area
  • receive information on setting up a befriending service.

Email us at and tell us who you are and what you are interested in (e.g. befriending support, being a volunteer or setting up a befriending scheme).

Email the team
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Who is in your #MencapFamily?

For Learning Disability Week 2020 we want to celebrate the incredible friendships and connections that make up our #MencapFamily - and show how important they have been during lockdown.

Whether it's a friend you know from Mencap, a family member, a support worker or someone you support - we're asking you to give your #MencapFamily a shout out! 

  1. Tell us your story by posting on social media about your friendship, maybe with a picture or even a video. 
  2. Remember to use the hashtag #MencapFamily, and share the post with your friend so they can see how much they mean to you. 
  3. Then we'll share your story on our channels and show the world your amazing connection!

Take a look at some of the brilliant stories and connections that have been shared with us so far.

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Create a friendship flag

We know many people with a learning disability will be unable to see their friends in person at the moment.

So we’ve created a pack to help you have a fun video call with your friends!

The pack includes how to make a friendship flag which you could make before your video call that shows all the things you like or miss about your friend.

You can then show your friends on your video call, hang it up at home or share it on social media using the hashtag #LDWeek2020.

Download PDF pack

Say "friend" in Makaton

Take a look at the fantastic Lucinda and Nikki teaching Makaton for "friend" to celebrate Learning Disability Week 2020.

Why not watch and see if you can do it too?

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Spread the word on social media

If you use social media and want to spread the word about Learning Disability Week 2020 check out our helpful social media pack.

The pack provides information about to Learning Disability Week that can be used on social media from Monday 15 to Sunday 21 June 2020.

Download ZIP pack

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