Leeds Mencap is an independent charity that was created 60 years ago, by and for, the people of Leeds with learning disabilities. They aim to provide support, advice and practical help for the whole family for the long term. There are an estimated 15,000 people with learning disabilities in Leeds. Each of these individuals is unique and has different dreams and aspirations. Leeds Mencap work to ensure that people with learning disabilities and their parents and carers have access to relevant support and services to help them get what they want out of life.
In December 2014 the foundation awarded Leeds Mencap £3,000 to support the Hawthorn Family Support Service, Leeds Mencap’s special provision for families with very young children with special needs. Leeds Mencap told us:
“This donation literally means the world to the families that come along to the service and provides crucial support to families who view Leeds Mencap as a ‘lifeline’. Many families are reaching breaking point, regularly feel lonely and isolated and vitally need experienced advice and support. We are immensely grateful for this support from the Foundation.”
A family told Leeds Mencap:
“Our saving grace has been the Hawthorn Family Support Service. Hawthorn gave me a group of friends, other mums in my position, they gave me information on my son’s disability and information on benefits but, most importantly, they gave me back my little boy because I learnt how to make him laugh, how to entertain and enjoy him.”
“I didn’t know how to play with my son, how to encourage or teach him…the Centre gave me the skills I needed so I could see his progress and celebrate his successes.”
To find out more about Leeds Mencap please visit their website.