Highlights of Learning Disability Week 2019

Learning Disability Week 2019 took place from 17 to 23 June and was all about sport and inclusion.

Take a look at all the fantastic things that people got up to for Learning Disability Week 2019 that were shared on social media

What events took place?

We wanted as many people as possible, with and without a learning disability, to get involved in inclusive sporting activities in their local communities.

The map below shows the different types of events that took place.

Click on the different pins to find out more about each event. You can also click the icon in the top right hand corner to reveal the different categories of events.

Facts and figures

Mencap surveyed over 300 18 to 35 year olds with a learning disability from September to November in 2015 and found that:


  • 49% would like to spend more time outside their house
  • 18% feel alone and cut off from other people
  • 1 in 3 spend less than 1 hour outside their homes on a typical Saturday

How sport can help

Sport and physical activity can reduce loneliness and isolation.

Benefits for people with and without a learning disability include improved health and wellbeing, empowerment and greater social inclusion. 

Iconic Steps created this video featuring the Mencap running group to show the benefits of sport and how it promotes inclusion.

Other ways to get involved

Round the World Challenge

In partnership with Sport England and the National Lottery, Mencap have launched the Round the World Challenge.

This is a fun, physical activity challenge that helps you lead a healthy lifestyle.

Find out more and how you can get involved. 


2020 Virgin Money London Marathon

Mencap are the official charity of the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Join Team Mencap for this iconic marathon and change the lives of people with a learning disability.


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