Why did Mencap decide to be a part of the SEND Consortium?
Jan Tregelles, Chief Executive of Mencap, says:
“Improving the lives of the 1.4 million children and adults with a learning disability in the UK, as well as the 5.8 million family members who support them, is at the heart of everything we do.
Mencap believes that all children with a learning disability have the right to a childhood like everyone else and equal prospects for the future. Sadly, at the moment, this is not the case.
Families tell us that their children with a learning disability do not always have the same opportunities as children without disabilities, especially when it comes to accessing community services such as local transport, leisure, health and even education.
Mencap wants to change this. We currently fight laws, campaign for change, and work hard to improve vital services, and access to them, for children with a learning disability and their families. But we can’t achieve equality for these individuals on our own.
That is why we are part of the SEND Consortium. Together with our consortium partners, we will continue to work hard to make inclusive communities a reality for children with a learning disability and their families.”
What is it that makes Mencap unique?
We work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all our services support people to live life as they choose. Our work includes:
- providing high-quality, flexible services that allow people to live as independently as possible in a place they choose
- providing advice through our helplines and websites
- campaigning for the changes that people with a learning disability want
We have strong relations with a local network of more than 500 affiliated groups. Our local groups are individual charities in their own right, but we work closely with them to ensure people with a learning disability and their families have support locally as well as nationally.
If you are a parent/carer or a family member of someone with a learning disability, for more information please visit our website.