Who are Network Partners?

In addition to Mencap, there are hundreds of organisations working with us in communities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to respond to the local needs of people with a learning disability and their families. 

We call these local groups Network Partners as they are affiliated with Mencap.

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As they are affiliated they are all run independently under the Mencap name and they all offer a variety of information, advice and support to people with a learning disability.

Some share our name as a local Mencap group and may also share our Mencap brand. All Network Partners share our values while operating as independent charities with their own governance and strategy .

These Partners form a diverse network of like-minded groups and organisations - both national and local - from large-scale service providers, to small social groups who organise sport activities over the weekends.

All share the same aim - to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and to increase the opportunities available to them in their local areas.

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Join the Mencap Network

If your group or organisation supports people with a learning disability on a local or national level, then why not express your interest to join the Network?

You'll be able to collaborate with like-minded groups and organisations who work on local and/or national levels to bring about change for people with a learning disability.

Express your interest

The benefits of becoming a Network Partner

As a valued Network Partner you would gain access to:

  • our online community , called Your Network online, where you can connect with other like-minded groups and organisations
  • resources shared by Mencap and other Network Partners
  • networking events which are opportunities to connect and collaborate with other Network Partners
  • workshops and seminars
  • regular e-newsletters and communications
  • telephone and email support from our dedicated membership team in relation to queries about your Network Partner group
  • opportunities to collaborate
  • exclusive offers and discounts
  • the option to use Mencap branding - use is subject to a license agreement
  • opportunities to promote your organisation, services and activities on Your Network online.

You can check Network Partners individual charity status below:

Check charity status

Northern Ireland charities

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England and Wales charities

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