Our charity of the month for August was Mencap, nominated by Adam Mackay who presented our cheque for £400 to the charity’s Daisy Brown.
Mencap is a national charity working with people who have learning disabilities which are often associated with other mental health problems.
Accepting our donation, Daisy said: “The generosity of people like the staff of Gladstone Brookes is what helps to keep us going. We do receive some support from local councils, but it’s never enough.
“We offer support to 1.4 million people with learning difficulties, their carers and families. Parents come to us because local government cuts mean all the help they used to get from the local authority has been stopped and they feel they have nowhere left to turn.”
It has been estimated that 40% of people with learning disabilities also have mental health issues which is twice the rate for the general population.
Said Daisy: “There are many reasons why people with a learning disability are more likely to experience poor mental health. Biology and genetics may increase vulnerability to mental health problems, a higher incidence of negative life events, access to fewer resources and coping skills, and the impact of other people’s attitudes.
“Mencap is about ensuring that people with learning disabilities access opportunities to live a fulfilling life and gain positive experiences. We are a national organisation, but we also work on a very local level, adapting our services to ensure the best possible care.”
Daisy has pledged that our donation will be used to help a group of local ladies who have learning difficulties with support for their day-to-day care needs like household tasks. They encourage independence and support the ladies in getting out into their local community.
Handing over our donation, Adam said: “Mencap’s work is very close to my heart because my partner’s sister has severe learning difficulties and she has just left school at 16.
“Her education suffered because of her inability to attend mainstream school, even though there were no places in special needs schools. She has also been ostracised and bullied because of her issues.
“Any organisation that brings help to people like her is definitely worth supporting,” he added.