Note: In the UK, the term of ‘Learning disability’ is used instead of ‘Intellectual disability’.
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Find out more about how we include the voice of people with a learning disability and their supporters at Mencap.
Why does inclusion matter?
People with a learning disability need to have their voices heard. At Mencap we make sure all our work is guided by them.
Successful campaigns like Hear My Voice show that the personal experiences of people with a learning disability are influencing all parts of Mencap’s work. We have inclusion groups across England, and an advisory forum, which reports to our trustees.
We listen to and value the contributions our groups make. If you have a learning disability and would like to get involved in our work, read on to find out more!
Our vision statement makes it clear that we want people with a learning disability to be listened to and included in all aspects of life. Mencap campaigns to make sure this happens , so having the voices of people with a learning disability included in everything we do is essential.
Find out more!
If you would you like to get involved or find out more, we’d love to hear from you.
Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do at Mencap, drop an email to Inclusion@mencap.org.uk if you have any questions!
Include Me and Our Voices groups
Different topics are discussed at each meeting, and there are sometimes visitors from outside of Mencap, such as the BBC or RSPCA for example. We aim to give first-hand experience of what people with a learning disability need and want to happen. Our work is made much stronger by listening to the people we support first.
About the Voices Council
We plan to host an annual event to bring together more people with learning disabilities to share their views on Mencap’s work.
Meet the groups
The two original Inclusion Groups started in 2014 meet often to make sure the views and insights people with a learning disability guide our work at Mencap. The two groups are:
- Include Me (based in London)
- Our Voices (based in Rotherham)
Membership of the two groups is entirely from people with a learning disability and/or autism, with support provided from Mencap staff.
Meet the members of the Our Voices group
Meet the members of the Include Me group
Meet the members of the Voices Council