How we started
Richmond Mencap started in 1959.
Since then we have worked with and for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and their families in the London Borough of Richmond.
We became a registered charity in 1984 and became a company limited by guarantee in 2003.
We are an independent organisation but also work with the Royal Mencap Society (National Mencap) supporting their work and campaigns. We also get helpful information, advice and support from National Mencap.
Why we do what we do
- We make sure people with learning disabilities have the information they need so they can make choices about how they live their lives and can find the support they need to help them do this
- We run groups and activities so that children, young people and adults with learning disabilities can spend time with their friends and make new friends too
- We also run activities to give carers a break from their caring role
- We help people with learning disabilities to speak for themselves and to tell other people what’s important to them because we know it’s important for people with learning disabilities to have their say and be listened to.
What we want
We want children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and their families to have the same rights as everyone else. We want them to:
- Be able to choose how they live their lives
- To have the opportunity to do things that others do
- To be respected for who they are
- To have the support they need to do what they want to do