Learning Disability Week 2020

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

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

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are all currently living in lockdown. This means that many people with a learning disability are feeling isolated, as they are 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.

We will update this webpage with more information about the week and how you can get involved, so be sure to check back soon!

Who is in your #MencapFamily?

Has someone you know really been there for you during lockdown? Or do you have a friend that you're missing spending time with and can't wait to see soon?


What you can do

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!

We can't wait to share all the brilliant stories and connections from our #MencapFamily across the UK!

Do you have a story to share?

We want to show how important friendships are for people with a learning disability and give tips on keeping connected with friends during this difficult time.

If you have a story about you and your friends, or any tips about how you're keeping connected during lockdown, we want to hear from you!

Email reallifestories@mencap.org.uk.

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