We support 200 people with a learning disability and their families in Hertsmere with Day Activities, clubs, a holiday playscheme for children, a weekly Drop-in, welfare and advice and social events. We are volunteer-led and are a central part of our members lives.
Established in 1964, Hertsmere Mencap has grown to provide many services for its 200 members and their families. All the committee except one part-time coordinator and an administrative secretary work on a completely voluntary basis – but most importantly, we pride ourselves in being a family society, working in the community, supporting people by offering advice and counsel, providing services and encouraging society to accept and understand difficulties facing those with a disability. We run the Learning Disability Forum for Hertsmere where all stakeholders come together to share their views and our learning disabled members are very much part of our committee.
Among the services we run are the Noah’s Ark Playscheme – respite for up to fifty severely learning disabled children – that runs in the school holidays, the weekly Jubilee Club for adults members, a Wednesday Drop-in Centre, a minibus, and a Family Advisor Service. With the severe pressure on funding, cuts are affecting the lives of many of our members and Hertsmere Mencap now provides services that have previously been provided by local authorities – a daily programme of day activities sessions in the area which requires considerable charitable funding.