We have an exciting opportunity

Over the next 2 years, we will be working with 9 communities across England, Northern Ireland and Wales to support you to make your community an even better place to live.

We are looking for one area in Wales and would love to hear from you!

Find out more by watching this video from Helen and James who tell us about what their community means to them and why we want to hear from you.

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People Walking

Does this sound like you?

  • Do you love where you live?
  • Do you care about making it a great place for people with a learning disability – and all people – to live?
  • Do you enjoy working with other people who live in your area to share your ideas?

If this sounds like you please get in touch by 31st January 2022.

If you have any questions please email us at mycommunity@mencap.org.uk

How will we work together?

At Mencap, our job will be to bring people in your area together. We want to hear your stories about what is important to you and what you think is great about where you live already.

This way of working is sometimes called asset-based community development.

We will make sure we’re working with as many different people as possible and everyone will have an equal say.

You – and others in your community – will decide what you would like to work together on, based on what is important to you. We’re here to help.

Who are Mencap?

We are a learning disability charity working across England, Wales & Northern Ireland. We want a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included. Everything we do is about making this world a reality.

FAQ

Easy Read frequently asked questions 

Easy Read frequently asked questions (Welsh)

What is a learning disability?

A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life. People with a learning disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complicated information and interact with other people

Do I need to know about learning disability to get involved?

No, we’re looking for people who are passionate about making a difference and committed to inclusion for everyone

What do you mean by community?

We think a community is about a group of people who care about each other, care about where they live and have a sense of belonging to that place. This can be in a town, a village or a neighbourhood.

What will I be signing up for?

Nothing at this stage, it is just to register your interest in the project so we can follow up with you to see if your community is the right fit for this project

Is there funding involved in this opportunity?

Yes. However, we don’t just want to provide funding and then disappear.

Most of the funding will go towards ‘people power’. We will recruit people who know your community and they will help bring people together.

We also have some funding to support new ideas you would like to work on.

What will it cost?

Nothing, there’ll be no costs to get involved. All we might need is some of your time, some of your knowledge and a lot of enthusiasm for making a difference

Can I share this opportunity with other people?

Yes please! If you know enthusiastic people in your community, or even in a different one, who would like to be involved please tell them about it and encourage them to get in touch.

If I get involved, what do you need from me?

Your passion and belief in your community!

And your commitment to collaborate with lots of people so everyone has an equal say.

Get in contact

Please email mycommunity@mencap.org.uk to find out more.