Philanthropic individuals and organisations make Mencap who we are
Their support enables us to deliver programmes to the highest standard, and go above and beyond in meeting the needs of 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. . This sets us apart as a leading organisation An organisation are a group of people who work together. , empowering and championing the rights Rights are the things everyone should be allowed to do like have a say, or go to school. and welfare of the people we support.
How to help
Our work is never complete, and we strive to do more for people with a learning disability.
If you would like to be part of this, either as an individual, or through a trust A Trust looks after money for a person or a group of people. or foundation we are here to support you.
What we do
Using our experience and knowledge we deliver a range of programmes to support people with a learning disability at every milestone, from childhood through to adulthood.
Early years - The right support at the right time during the crucial stages of the development of children with a learning disability
Friendships & relationships - Services & opportunities for people with a learning disability to overcome loneliness, make friends & enjoy life
Access to justice - Advice and practical support to ensure people with a learning disability can exercise their legal rights
Meaningful employment - Giving people with a learning disability the support & skills they need to gain or move closer to paid employment
The right support can change someone's life
Eddie has benefited enormously from one of Mencap's employment Employment means having a job. programmes.
He had struggled to find employment, but with Mencap's dedicated help, Eddie was successful at gaining paid employment at Greggs.
Hear from Eddie
"I started having weekly one to one sessions with Rachel from Mencap, working on my confidence and interview An interview is a meeting where you talk to someone or a group of people about something. When you have an interview for a job, you have to answer questions and say why you would be good at the job. The person who gives the best answers is offered the job. skills by practicing questions using role-play. This was useful for me because I can be very shy and didn't know how to act in interviews. I was successful in getting an interview with Greggs, then found out that I had got the job. I was really pleased with my achievement.
A manager is a boss at work. They tell you what you need to do and give you support if you need it.
, Elita, says that I am the best team member on the tills and I am pleased with that. Mencap helped me gain the confidence to get into work and I am now doing 5 days a week at Greggs. I stay in touch with the Mencap team and have enjoyed telling them about my progress."
How to make your gift go further
A gift to Mencap can go further if you claim Gift Aid.
This table explains how this works.
|Tax band||Donation||Gift Aid claimed by Mencap||Tax relief claimed back||Donation amount after tax relief||Total value of donation to Mencap|
|Non-UK tax payer||£10,000||£0||£0||£10,000||£10,000|
|Basic rate tax payer (20%)||£10,000||£2,500||£0||£10,000||£12,500|
|Higher rate tax payer (40%)||£10,000||£2,500||£2,000||£8,000||£12,500|
Be part of the change
Here at Mencap, we are passionate about changing the future for people with a learning disability.
We will work with you to identify how your support can have a unique impact in an area of your choice.
In return for your commitment, our dedicated and experienced team will commit to you by providing:
- a dedicated point of contact to answer any questions you have, and to ensure your support is directed in the way you choose
- regular updates on the impact of your gift, in a way that suits you
- the opportunity to visit projects and the people you are helping
- invitations to join us at events such as our Christmas concert and breakfast get-togethers.