What do we do?

We are a group of colleagues with a learning disability who meet monthly to talk about all things research. This group has been running for several years with the support of members of the Research Team. There are also guest speakers that are invited to the sessions to talk more about their work, and how we could get involved in research.

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The group helps...

  •  Colleagues with a learning disability to learn more about research projects, research skills and methods.
  •  To make sure that research projects, reports and tools are inclusive and accessible.
  •  Colleagues with a learning disability to take part in external and internal projects.
  •  Colleagues with a learning disability to build new connections and friendships across Mencap
Poster making

What have we achieved so far?

“Over the years, there have been several opportunities for us to be involved in research. In January 2019, we were informed about a course on ‘how to do research’ being run at St George’s Hospital in London. We were asked to write an article about the research course which has now been published and is available online.” Dan Newton

You can read the article which was published in the British Journal of Learning Disabilities here.

Why is the work we do important?

“We want to make sure people with learning disabilities are involved more in research and give our thoughts about research that is currently taking place.” Dan Newton

Watch our video to find out more.

Poster

Why is accessibility important?

“As a charity which is based around making lives for people with a learning disability better, having resources such as easy read helps.” Dan Newton

“We all get along as a group and we all care about our fellow colleagues’ opinions. It’s important to be accessible in our meetings so that everyone can understand what we talk about.” Mo Hakim

Contact us

If you'd like to find out more or would like to become a Research Champion, please contact the research team research@mencap.org.uk