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Tips for supporting your child if they have a sibling with additional needs.

  • 7th January 2022
Being a parent to a disabled child comes with lots of additional responsibility, stresses, joys and challenges. This affects the whole family – and here are our tips for supporting a young person who has a sibling with additional needs.... Read More...

Joyce Fieldhouse – Founder Member and Honorary President of Leeds Mencap 1953 – 2021

  • 17th December 2021
We would like to commemorate and celebrate the life and contribution of Joyce Fieldhouse who died on 1st December 2021. Joyce was one of a group of parents of children with learning disabilities or autism who set Leeds Mencap up... Read More...

Winter Well-being Accessible Walks

  • 6th December 2021
Following from our well-being weekend messages on social media- we want to continue to provide some tips on how you can look after your well-being this winter. If the weather isn't too miserable then we encourage you to try and... Read More...

“No one day is the same”

  • 22nd November 2021
Here at Leeds Mencap we run play schemes, for children aged 4-18 years old during the school holidays. Our play schemes are all about having fun, trying new experiences and spending quality time with friends. Importantly, they also help children... Read More...

Merry Quizmas!

  • 8th November 2021
                                                                            We are so excited to announce that we are hosting our first Christmas quiz in partnership with the wonderful Headrow House this December. It will be a great evening for people to come together and kick off their Christmas... Read More...

Christmas Raffle

  • 5th November 2021
We are excited to host a raffle this Christmas, with all proceeds supporting children and young people with learning disabilities in Leeds. Check out the fantastic prizes: 1st- A family activity bundle (£60 Vue Cinema Voucher, 4 lazerzone passes and... Read More...

Digital Fundraising

  • 28th October 2021
Digital fundraising has become one of the most popular and effective ways for people to support the causes they care about most. With Covid-19 keeping us all stuck indoors and unable to fundraise in the traditional ways, such as by... Read More...

Brandon’s Story

  • 15th October 2021
One of the most important things that we offer at Leeds Mencap are our youth clubs. We offer our youth clubs to a range of ages and they provide the children with the important opportunity to socialise with their peers,... Read More...

Meet our new staff members!

  • 1st October 2021
It has been a busy few months here at Leeds Mencap. We are well and truly back up and running after Covid-19 and are delighted to have expanded our team. Here are our brilliant new team members: Ruth Watson- Family... Read More...

Summer Fair 2021 Thank You!

  • 17th September 2021
Recently we had our Leeds Mencap 2021 Summer Fair. As we are sure is the same for many of you, Covid-19 unfortunately put a stop to a lot of our plans and prevented us from being able to engage with... Read More...

Summer Fair 2021

  • 16th August 2021
As COVID-19 restrictions are easing up we are hosting an inclusive, family friendly summer fair. We would love to see you there! When? -Wednesday 1st September from 11:30-3:00 Where?– The Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, LS9 9LU Activities may include: Carnival... Read More...

Generous support from West Riding Masonic Charities

  • 4th August 2021
Recently we received a generous grant of £4,960 from the the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, part of West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd, supported by the Lodge of Dawn. This grant will go towards purchasing specialist and sensory equipment for our... Read More...

Important notice to our service users and visitors to the Vinery Centre regarding Covid-19 restrictions

  • 16th July 2021
On Monday 12th July the government announced that from July 19th 2021 we would move to Step 4 of the roadmap which includes the removal of a number of restrictions as legal requirements.  We have reviewed the guidance and, whilst... Read More...

Stowe Family Law supports Leeds Mencap’s Business Club

  • 16th April 2021
Stowe Family Law have joined the Leeds Mencap Business Club, an initiative from Leeds Mencap, offering businesses the opportunity to make new connections, receive marketing benefits, whilst supporting this fantastic local charity. Cath Lee, CEO at Leeds Mencap says ‘We... Read More...

Willmott Dixon Interiors show eggscellent support for Leeds Mencap this Easter

  • 31st March 2021
Leeds Mencap have received a delicious donation this Easter, as their partners at local construction company Willmott Dixon Interiors, specialists in interior fit out and refurbishment, have worked with their suppliers to deliver over 400 Easter eggs to support the... Read More...

It has never been so important to be there for our children and their families

  • 11th February 2021
I am Becky, the Deputy Manager of Jimbo’s community nursery which is based in the Vinery Centre. On a day to day basis I support the nursery manager with the general running of the nursery and also oversee our Preschool... Read More...

There is no such thing as a ‘typical day’ at our clubs and playschemes!

  • 28th January 2021
I’m Dana, the Clubs and Playschemes Coordinator at Leeds Mencap. I started at Leeds Mencap as a volunteer on our playschemes, before getting a job, first on the playschemes, then at one of our youth clubs too, before getting my... Read More...

Leeds Mencap Will Week – 15th to the 19th March

  • 27th January 2021
You’re never too young or too old to make a Will, and the process is often a lot easier than you’d think. We are partnering with Oakwood Solicitors in Leeds again this March, to give you the chance to make or... Read More...

Update on the centre

  • 15th January 2021
Due to the freezing temperatures overnight and forecast for the rest of today, we have taken the decision to close our centre today.  We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.  Please take care if you do have to make a... Read More...

Why Makaton is so fantastic

  • 3rd December 2020
If you’ve not come across Makaton before it’s fantastic. And this is why… Makaton is a form of sign language that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable children, young people and adults to communicate. Makaton is similar to British... Read More...

The Great Big Leeds Mencap Singalong

  • 2nd December 2020
Leeds Mencap are appealing to businesses, families, schools and individuals to all learn ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ using Makaton signs to raise funds for Leeds Mencap this Christmas as part of their Imagine If campaign. An awareness and... Read More...

Leeds Mencap Services Update 4/11/20

  • 4th November 2020
Based on the guidance that is currently available from the Government about the restrictions that are likely to come into force on 5th November we have taken the following decisions about services: · Hawthorn playroom sessions will continue to run... Read More...

Leeds Mencap are featured in New Digital Inclusion Video from ALaDDIN

  • 22nd October 2020
Learning disability and autism services from across Leeds have joined together to promote digital inclusion, and have released a new video showcasing the opportunities for people to interact online in all sorts of creative ways, Leeds Mencap were delighted to... Read More...

Leeds Mencap Business Club

  • 9th October 2020
Leeds Mencap launches new initiative for businesses in Leeds Leeds Mencap has launched a new initiative offering businesses the opportunity to make new connections through networking, plus receive marketing benefits, whilst supporting the charity. Founding members The Technology Group and... Read More...

Imagine If…

  • 7th October 2020
94% of Leeds Mencap families said that they have felt more isolated during Covid-19 77% of families supporting children with learning disabilities have experienced increased anxiety and 94% have felt more isolated than usual during the COVID-19 pandemic according to... Read More...

Leeds Mencap Families – Lockdown Survey

  • 2nd September 2020
We would like to find out how the families we support have found their time during lockdown and whether the support offered by Leeds Mencap has helped. Some of the activities we have done to support our families this year.... Read More...

Leeds Mencap are Recruiting Trustees

  • 2nd September 2020
Leeds Mencap are looking for four people who are passionate about improving the lives of children and young people with learning disabilities to join our Board of Trustees.  Like many charities we have been hit hard by the pandemic but... Read More...

June Newsletter

  • 18th June 2020
June NewsletterWe hope that you are all keeping well. This week is Learning Disability Week, we have details of how you can get involved and support Leeds Mencap, we have some news to update you on and more resources to share... Read More...

Learning Disability Week

  • 17th June 2020
Learning Disability Week is from 15-21 June 2020. The theme this year is the importance of friendships. During lockdown, you might not have been able to see and spend time with your friends. We would love to see you photos... Read More...

My experience with the Siblings group

  • 17th June 2020
Hello, my name is Molly, I’m 14 years old and I have been coming to the Siblings Group at Leeds Mencap since I was 8 years old. The reason I attend the group is because I have a sister who... Read More...

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO OUR SERVICE USERS: Leeds Mencap services and COVID-19

  • 16th June 2020
Please see details about Leeds Mencap services and COVID-19.  1st June 2020 On 28th May the government announced measures to ease the lock down measures that have been in place since March.  These measures have only permitted more contact between... Read More...

Grace, parent of Molly

  • 17th May 2020
Grace, parent of Molly Before we came to Hawthorn, I was constantly anxious and stressed about ensuring I supported and encouraged Molly’s development on a daily basis. At Hawthorn, not only is Molly able to thrive with experienced staff who... Read More...

My Time in Lockdown

  • 7th May 2020
My Time in Lockdown - By Kai from Leeds Mencap’s Friday Club When Boris Johnston said on the TV that schools were to close, and lots of business too, which meant that I had to stay at home with my... Read More...

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO OUR SERVICE USERS: Leeds Mencap services and COVID-19

  • 18th March 2020
Following the guidance issued by the government on 16th March, we have decided to close all our services for children and young people from Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice.  We will also not be running our playschemes during... Read More...

Services for children and young people 2020

  • 27th February 2020
Little Hiccups We offer a safe environment with a soft play and sensory room along with sensory toys suitable for all needs. It is a relaxing atmosphere where your child will be allowed to play and discover the world at... Read More...

Friday Club – Jim and Emily’s story

  • 26th February 2020
Emily was born with a rare brain disorder which affects her eyesight and coordination.  She also has a learning disability and this meant that growing up she needed extra support at school and home.  She found it difficult to access... Read More...

Make your birthday even more meaningful

  • 4th February 2020
Will you set up a birthday fundraiser on Facebook for Leeds Mencap? It's a really easy way to show your support and raise important donations to help children and families in Leeds. How to set up your birthday fundraiser 1)... Read More...

Would you run for charity?

  • 8th November 2019
Tom Metcalfe tells us about his experience running the Yorkshire Marathon for Leeds Mencap. In recent years, there has been a massive increase in people running in general which has had a knock on impact for those choosing to run... Read More...

A video is worth a thousand words…….

  • 30th September 2019
Hear directly from some of the families we support - in our Hawthorn Specialist Playroom and Thursday Club Watch this video to hear about Grace's experience with her daughter Molly - in Hawthorn, our specialist playroom for children aged 0-3 with... Read More...
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