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

Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included. Our challenge, alongside people with a learning disability and their families, is to make this world a reality.

There are an estimated 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK, and they are among the most disadvantaged in society. Right now, people with a learning disability face inequalities in every area of life. We need to tackle the issues head on through tireless campaigning and the delivery of high quality support and services to the people who need us.

Our mission is to change society’s attitudes, influence people who shape policy and practice, and to empower and directly support more individuals to lead fulfilled lives. Our Big Plan is divided into five priorities. These are the areas of life we want to have the biggest impact on, the areas where there is the most need to see change for the better.

We want to:

  • Raise awareness and change attitudes
  • Make a difference to the lives of people with a learning disability here and now
  • Support friendships and relationships
  • Improve health for people with a learning disability
  • Give children the best start in life.