Music can be a huge part of a young person's life, as well as club nights, gigs and music festivals. And it's no different for young people who have a learning disability.

The problem is, 1 in 4 disabled people aged 18 to 35 that we surveyed say they have been bullied at nightclubs or music concerts, meaning they are often too scared to go out and, as a result, are excluded from events and social activities.

Facts and figures

We recently surveyed over 300 people with a learning disability aged between 18 to 35 to find out how they felt about being able to go out to gigs and clubs:

  • 1 to 4 have been bullied by members of the public at clubs or concert
  • Almost 1 in 3 spend less than 1 hour a day outside their homes on a Saturday
  • 1 in 3 have been afraid of staff at music venues

Survey results

Download the results of our survey to see how people with a learning disability aged 18 to 35 feel when they go out to nightclubs and music concerts.

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How you can help

Become a Sidekick

Could you be Robin to Batman? Lois to Clark? Watson to Holmes? We need people who will be champions for people with a learning disability, supporting them to lead their life the way they want to.

Mencap Sidekicks support people with a learning disability to enjoy the things they love. 

Whether you're into pop, rock, rap or heavy metal, we can find a Sidekick that shares your interests to support you to bust a move!

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Our Mannequin Challenge

We recently did our own Mannequin Challenge to highlight the attitudes many people with a learning experience when they go on nights out.

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