Mencap
yesterday at 16:16. Facebook
Dating can be a scary experience for everyone, including someone with a learning disability.

If you, or someone you know, has a learning disability and are currently dating, or want to start dating, we want to hear from you!

How do you handle those awkward silences and embarrassing moments? Who should make the first move? What are the challenges of dating when you have a learning...
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Mencap
01/18/2017 at 16:53. Facebook
"Taking part in leisure activities and hobbies in our free time is good for people.

As well as being fun it can help people to feel better about themselves, improve skills, feel part of a group or community and provide opportunities to meet new people and make friends.

However, many people with a learning disability may have limited opportunities to take part in the activities that they...
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Mencap
01/16/2017 at 16:31. Facebook
Do you care for a child, sibling, parent or other family member who has a learning disability?

@UCLofficial would like to hear about your experiences and perceptions of caring for a loved one and to find out more about the care and support you provide.

Find out more and complete the survey here: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Mencap
01/14/2017 at 16:42. Facebook
What are your plans for 2017? Got a big birthday? Getting married? Getting fit?

You can do all of those things while supporting Mencap’s work to empower people with a learning disability to live the lives they choose.

Fundraise your way with helpful tips from our Fundraising and Events team [ Mencap.org.uk Link ]
Mencap
01/13/2017 at 16:31. Facebook
This year, we’re celebrating 70 years since the start of the Mencap movement. Although a lot has changed, more needs to be done to help change attitudes towards learning disability.

So, we’ve got a fantastic opportunity for aspiring journalists (under the age of 26) to help raise awareness of learning disability and give a greater voice to people with a learning disability in the media.

Not...
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01/12/2017. Facebook
"People with a learning disability face some of the most serious inequalities in society: on average, people with a learning disability die 16 years younger, and nearly a third of young people with a learning disability spend less than an hour outside their home each day.

The lack of funding across the sectors means people with a learning disability are struggling to maintain their health and...
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Mencap
01/11/2017. Facebook
"I love music, I like all different styles from Carrie Underwood to Beyonce! For a long time one of my dreams was to go to a music festival, but it felt impossible. I have a learning disability and that means that sometimes it feels very hard to go on a night out and enjoy music.

When I am at a gig or a club sometimes people make fun of me, they laugh at me when I am dancing or they call me...
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I Was Called The R Word Hours After Arriving At My First Music Festival

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Mencap
01/07/2017. Facebook
Do you love supporting others and dancing the night away?

We are looking for a volunteer in York to support a gentleman to attend a disco every third Monday of the month. This role is perfect for outgoing music lovers who love to dance!

If you are based near York, and are friendly, reliable, enthusiastic and over 18, then this could be the perfect role for you!

Take a look and apply online...
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Mencap
01/06/2017. Facebook
What’s your new year’s resolution? Lose weight, get active, do something good for humanity? All of the above?

2017 could be your year to do something amazing.

Sign up to one of our challenge events, push yourself harder than ever before, and help make a massive difference to the life of someone with a learning disability, their family and carers.

Find your challenge here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Mencap
01/05/2017. Facebook
People with a learning disability have a right to enjoy sex and loving relationships – just like everyone else.

We want to tackle common confusion about learning disability, sex and relationships, and, to do that, we need you!

If you have a learning disability, or know someone who does, and would like to talk openly and honestly about sex and relationships - get in touch!

We'd love to know...
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Mencap
01/04/2017. Facebook
Have you, or someone you support, made a new year’s resolution to get active?

Whether you want to try running, swimming, walking or canoeing, Mencap Sport, and the organisations they work with, have lots of ways to help you on your journey to a healthier, happier you.

Find out how Mencap Sport can support you to get active [ Mencap.org.uk Link ]
Mencap
01/01/2017. Facebook
Happy New Year from everyone at Mencap!

Let's face it, 2016 wasn't the greatest of years.

But, now it's behind us, we want to look forward to the exciting year ahead and think about all of the brilliant things we want to achieve.

So, what are your goals for 2017? Share them in the comments section below.
Mencap
12/31/2016. Facebook
2016, worse year ever?

Although it might have seemed like it at times, we want to take the opportunity to look over some of the highlights of 2016 and say a massive THANK YOU to you for making them possible.

With your support, we are even closer to fulfilling our vision of a world where people with a learning disability are valued members of their community.

2016 might have sucked, but...
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Mencap
12/30/2016. Facebook
“Music is one of my favourite things and I love going to gigs, clubs and festivals but it isn’t something I can do a lot.

When you have a learning disability people look at you and judge how you act and how you look, so that can stop me from going out because I worry people are going to make fun of me. It really knocks your self-confidence.”

Like Kelsey, 1 in 4 young people with a learning...
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12/30/2016. Facebook
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12/30/2016. Facebook
Imagine going on a night out to a club or gig and being met with hostility, abuse or exclusion.

This is the reality for many people who have a learning disability.

1 in 4 young people with a learning disability have been bullied by members of the public and clubs or concerts.

Share this video and help make music venues an inclusive experience #DontFreezeUsOut #MannequinChallenge [...
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Mencap
12/29/2016. Facebook
2016, what a year!

With the Brexit vote, a new Prime Minister and a whole lot of lobbying, our Parliamentary team have been a busy bunch!

Check out this blog from Parliamentary Manager, Rob Holland, to read this year's round up.

[ Mencap.org.uk Link ]
Mencap
12/27/2016. Facebook
Fancy dress, fireworks, night in by the fire - what are your plans this New Year's Eve?
Mencap
12/25/2016. Facebook
Merry Christmas from everyone at Mencap! We hope you have a magical day!
Mencap
12/22/2016. Facebook
Have you ever felt unwelcome in public when out with your child? You're not alone. 70% of parents we asked have been through the same experience as you.

Now, you can connect with other parents online and share your experiences, advice and anecdotes in a new community, FamilyHub: [ Mencap.org.uk Link ]

For the full results to our survey visit our website: [ Bit.ly Link ]