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Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

Mencap was established in Northern Ireland in 1965 and each year we support thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they choose. We work in partnership with people with a learning disability to fight to change laws and improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities.

We do this in a number of ways:

  • We deliver a wide range of practical support services for children, young people and adults with a learning disability and their families and carers. We ensure that children attending Mencap’s Nursery can learn and play in a therapeutic environment that helps to develop skills and achieve goals that would be unattainable without specialist expertise and support*
  • We provide people with a learning disability a platform so they can speak out about the things that are important to them
  • We challenge attitudes and assumptions about learning disability and involve people from different backgrounds and communities in our work.

Help us to take a big step forward in our work in supporting people with a learning disability, their families and carers, please donate now.

To find out more about our work in Northern Ireland, please click here.

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What is a learning disability?

There are 33,000 people with a learning disability in Northern Ireland, that’s about 1 in 50 people. In the UK there are 1.5 million people with 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.People with a learning disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complex information and interact with other people.

The level of support someone needs depends on individual factors, including the severity of their learning disability, as for example they may also have physical disabilities. People with certain specific conditions can have a learning disability too. For example, people with Down’s syndrome and some people with autism have a learning disability.

It’s important to remember that with the right support, most people with a learning disability can lead independent lives.

Help us to take a big step forward in our work in supporting people with a learning disability, their families and carers, please donate now.

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Marathon Run

The Full 26.2 mile marathon challenge.

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Wheel Chair Marathon

The wheelchair race commences one minute before the main marathon event. The Marathon Organisers, working with DSNI and Disability Action have developed the route suitable for wheel chair users.

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Team Relay Challeng

This challenge is for teams of 2-5 people, running the same course as the Main Marathon Race.

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8 Mile Walk

For those who think the marathon is a bit of a stretch, but who want to put their fitness to the test, try out the marathon walk – you’ll never walk alone!

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There’s always been a great sense of fun and community at the Belfast City Marathon and the Fun Run is an awesome way to catch the vibe – silly costumes are not compulsory, but they really do help!

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There’s always been a great sense of fun and community at the Belfast City Marathon and the Fun Run is an awesome way to catch the vibe – silly costumes are not compulsory, but they really do help!

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