Mencap in Northern Ireland provide a range of services specifically for children and young people with learning difficulties.
Early intervention: Segal House Nursery
Mencap's Segal House nursery is the only place of its kind where very young children with a learning disability and their parents can get specialist help and support. Find out more about the nursery here.
This community based service supports the inclusion of children with a learning disability into local pre-school and after school opportunities. Our play adviser service operates in the southern, eastern and western areas - supporting parents to find and settle their child into a local playgroup and providing training and advice to play workers about an individual child's needs and how different play activities benefit his or her future learning.
By providing different schemes, Mencap makes sure that children and young people get the chance to enjoy their summer break.
We provide support to community mainstream summer schemes so that children with a learning disability can take part.Some children and young people, such as those with complex needs, prefer, however, a personalised approach and individual programmes are developed to suit their needs and wishes.
Our leisure choices service, provided in the northern area, offer children and young people with complex needs the opportunity to enjoy new leisure and social opportunities all year round.
Through our employment service transition workers provide extra help to school leavers and young adults as they think about work and their career.
Mencap's advocacy services provide support to young people with a learning disability to speak out on issues that are important to them.
Mencap is calling on the government to treat the issue of bullying of children and young people with a learning disability as a priority issue. Children and young people with a learning disability told us about their experiences. To find out more, read about the Don't stick it stop it! campaign.