Established over 60 years ago, Southampton Mencap has grown from small, sturdy roots to an organisation keenly aware of the needs of people with learning disabilities and their family carers.
The organisation provides a range of practical support services to children, young people and adults with a learning disability and their family carers living in Southampton. These include evening and weekend social activities, a school holiday activities programme alongside advice and information services such as the Family Link Service, Parent Partnership and the yPod Service. In 2012 services were expanded and now include the Own2Feet Educational Programme for young adults and the Independent Home Visitor Scheme for people living away from home. Services are delivered directly from the Mencap Centre in Portswood.
Our belief is that everyone with a learning disability, young and old, whatever their age, nature and severity of their disability should be empowered through appropriate support to exercise their right to choice, opportunity and respect. We also believe that support for the families of people with a learning disability is vital to achieving our vision.