Harrow Mencap is the leading voice and provider of services for people with learning disabilities in Harrow. Harrow Mencap works with and represents people with learning disabilities – as well as their families and carers – to ensure all of their needs, rights and aspirations are met. Their primary aim is to make sure all of their voices are heard. From after school clubs to day opportunities for adults, as well as 24 hour care and support, Harrow Mencap provide services for all ages.
The charity also runs several projects and schemes. Through the Carers Project, Harrow Mencap offers carers an opportunity to support other carers by becoming peer advocates who help to support and train other carers.
Speak Up Now is another initiative funded by Comic Relief which supports people with learning disabilities to have their voices heard and be included in decisions about their healthcare and well-being by being able to attend patient participation groups at their GP surgeries.
Harrow Mencap are also offering a project, called Skill Up. It’s specifically for young people aged 18 to 25, who are not eligible for council funded support after they leave school or college, to get the opportunity to learn new skills and prepare for the working world. The Skill Up Project gives young people the opportunity to learn all sorts of life skills; they can search for jobs, try new activities, learn about a healthy lifestyle, develop skills for work, be more independent, become a volunteer and meet new friends.