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Mencap’s Big Step Forward Appeal is the charity’s most ambitious local fundraising appeal to date and calls on the public to help raise the £1.7 million it needs to build, equip and run its new Children and Families’ Centre, which will provide children and young people with a learning disability with the right support and opportunities to flourish and achieve their potential.

At the heart of the new centre will be Mencap’s relocated Segal House nursery for 2 to 4 year-olds with a learning disability, autism and developmental delay. The Centre will open on the site of the old Newtownbreda Primary School in January 2016.

Why is it needed?

We have outgrown our Victorian building and need to move to a modern, purpose-built facility that people with a learning disability and their families deserve, giving us the scope to support more children and young people.

What will happen at the new Centre?

Working alongside health, social care and other professionals involved in the life of each child and family, the new Centre will provide the right support at the right time and offer children with a learning disability an inspiring place to flourish, learn and play. It will also provide families with the information, practical help they need.

Help us to take a big step forward please donate to the Big Step Forward Appeal so we can build, equip and run our new Children and Families’ Centre. Thank you.

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