What is My Community?

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MyCommunity is a project run by Mencap that partners with local people who want to make their community a great place for people with learning disabilities to live. 

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We recruit local people to become 'Community Partners' and help communities come together to take action on things that matter to them. 

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We have also hired people with learning disabilities as 'Community Connectors'.

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They use their experiences to tell us what matters to them and what would help make their communities better places for them to live in. 

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Where is My Community and how do I get in touch?

There are 9 different My Community projects across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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You can get in touch with My Community by using our online form.

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Or you can phone or email the Community partner for the My Community project nearest to you.

Areas where there are My Community projects

What does MyCommunity do?

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MyCommunity projects do lots of different kinds of activities like:

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Raising local awareness of learning disability , for example, by arranging training for local organisations. 

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Giving money to help local projects.

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Organising events to improve people's digital skills.

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Creating information about what is going on in the local area that is easier for people with a learning disability to understand. 

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These are just a few examples. There is lots more activity happening in My Community!

Dylan's story

My Community in Tenby gave seed funding to Blue Horizons Surf School so they could run surf clubs for people with learning disabilities. 

Many people have benefited from this including Dylan whose mum said "I never thought that Dylan would be able to confidently do surfing even though he loves being in the sea and has no fear of the water... He has improved so much in such a short space of time... The carers he goes with, who watch, say they have never seen him happier!"

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Frequently asked questions

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