The Giving Card welcomes Mencap as a partnered charityReported by PRWeb on Sunday, 24 June 2012 (on June 24, 2012)
As the leading voice of learning disability, Mencap performs extensive work in seeking to challenge prejudice and change laws to better the lives of those with a learning disability.
(PRWEB UK) 24 June 2012
What is a learning disability?
A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life.
Mencap share some statistics on their website, making it clear for others to see why their cause is so necessary:
Â· Less than 1 in 5 people with a learning disability work, but at least 65% want to work. Of those people with a learning disability that do work, most only work part time and are low paid.
Â· Just 1 in 3 people with a learning disability take part in some form of education or training.
Â· Children with a learning disability are often socially excluded and 8 out of 10 children with a learning disability are bullied.
Â· At least half of all adults with a learning disability live in the family home - meaning that many don't get the same chances as other people to gain independence, learn key skills and make choices about their own lives.
Â· 58,000 people with a learning disability are supported by day care services.
Â· People with a learning disability are 58 times more likely to die aged under 50 than other people.
Â· 75% of GPs have received no training to help them treat people with a learning disability.
Â· Less than a third of people with a learning disability have some choice of who they live with, and less than half have some choice over where they live.
Â· 7 out of 10 families caring for someone with profound and multiple learning disabilities have reached or come close to ‘breaking point' because of a lack of short break services.
Â· 29,000 adults with a learning disability live with parents aged 70 or over, many of whom are too old or frail to continue in their caring role. In only 1 in 4 of these cases have local authorities planned alternative housing.
Â· Mencap often receives reports from around the country of people who are verbally abused, physically attacked, raped and murdered. In fact, as many as 9 out of 10 people with a learning disability have been a victim of hate crime and bullying
Mencap’s support provides the following services to assist people with learning difficulties with the above problems:
Â· Mencap provide jobs and training services
Â· Mencap provide tailored housing across the country to suit specific needs. Did you know that Mencap is the only specialist provider of housing and employment services for those with learning difficulties?
Â· Mencap help people with learning difficulties voice what’s important to them and help these issues be addressed.
Â· Mencap provide education services to ensure a good level of support throughout their lives.
Â· Mencap offer assistance to help people with learning difficulties live the lives they wish to lead.
Â· Mencap provide a scheme called ‘Stand by me’ for police officers to tackle and stop hate crime towards those with learning disabilities.
One of Mencap’s programmes I really love is called ‘Inspire me.’ (Watch video in link.)
The Inspire Me project is seeking to change the lives of 20,000 young people with a learning disability, their families and communities. Young people with a learning disability are verbally abused, bullied, physically hurt, marginalised and left out of everyday life. Often they are unable to find a job, and are left with nothing to do. Inspire Me provides practical activities and training, to give young people with learning disabilities the opportunity to build their confidence and learn new life skills. Inspire Me takes place in workshops in schools, colleges, local groups and community clubs and allows the young people taking part to promote awareness through positive role models such as Mencap’s young ambassadors. It also creates employment opportunities and provides support for parents of children with learning disabilities, to create a more understanding community and brighter future.
Mencap’s phenomenal work has attracted the support of celebrity ambassadors such as Will Young and Jo Whitely from Radio 1. Artists Coldplay and Florence and the Machine also supported the cause by performing at Radio 1’s fundraiser Little Noise Session to help raise awareness for the cause and for Mencap.
But it’s not only celebrities that are helping to raise money and awareness - At this year’s London Marathon, runners raised a fantastic total of £200,000 for Mencap!
Help beat ignorance about learning disabilities and support the work Mencap do today by buying The Giving Card and choose Mencap as the charity to receive your £10 donation to support their hard work.
Click on the following link to buy The Giving Card whilst supporting Mencap: https://www.thegivingcard.co.uk/mencap
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