Mencap in Northern Ireland aims to support more people to live independently in the community.
Our range of specialised services are available across Northern Ireland.
These services are designed to meet the specific needs of individual service users. This could be one-to-one support for a few hours in their own home, up to 24 hour support in specially adapted accommodation.
We pride ourselves on having a person-centred approach to the support we give, which means putting the person's needs first.
- We encourage the people we work with to have input and be involved in every aspect of their support.
- We value their input and opinion.
- We promote their right to have a fulfilled life within a safe and secure environment, by promoting independence and having personalised support packages for each person.
- We encourage personal development and support the people we work with to access services and activities within their local communities.
Mencap have four services in Northern Ireland providing support to 54 people. We have also recently established a personal support service offering people the opportunity to purchase support on an hourly basis. This could be for as little as one or two hours per week up to as many hours as required. This is a flexible service and can be for a one-off event or a long term arrangement.
In Bangor, Banbridge and Keady we offer supported living in varied types of accommodation. We also have a residential home in Omagh which provides specialised 24 hour residential support.
Each service is unique in its own right:
- Ashley House provides 24 hour residential support for eleven adults with a learning disability. It was established in 1990 and has a dedicated staff team who have worked within Mencap for many years and provide high quality support to the tenants that live there.
- Riversley Banbridge was initially established in 2001 as a mixed residential and independent living scheme, and since 2003 has provided supported housing services. Riversley has the potential to support 21 people, eight of those in shared accommodation, with five single let apartments and four shared apartments. In January 2011 a community based day activities service was established for the people who currently live at Riversley.
- Princetown Road Bangor was initially established as a residential home in 1986. In 2008 the site was redeveloped in partnership with Oaklee Housing to provide accommodation for 15-plus people in one, two and three bedroom apartments in a supported housing environment. It has been built to a high specification with the latest technology.
- Fairgreen, Keady was initially established in 1993 as a residential care home. It has been working in its current form as a supported housing scheme since 2003. It supports six people in their own home to access community services and activities. The dedicated team support the service users with developing independent living skills in a homely environment.
Who to contact
For more information about our housing and support schemes, contact:
Mencap's Information Service
Telephone: 0808 808 1111
Or visit our contact page for all contact details.