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Royal Mencap Society

Who we are

We work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all our services support people to live life as they choose.

Our work includes:

  • providing high-quality, flexible services that allow people to live as independently as possible in a place they choose
  • providing advice through our helplines and websites
  • campaigning for the changes that people with a learning disability want


We have strong relations with a local network of more than 500 affiliated groups. Our local groups are individual charities in their own right, but we work closely with them to ensure people with a learning disability and their families have support locally as well as nationally.

Ever since we were founded back in 1946 we have been helping to change society for the better, fighting for equality for people with a learning disability.

Our vision and mission

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. 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 values


We are Inclusive. People with a learning disability are at the heart of everything we do.


We are Trustworthy. When we promise something, we don't let people down.


We are Caring. We treat everyone with respect and kindness.


We are Challenging. When we see things that aren't fair we will campaign until we see real change.


We are Positive. We never stop believing in a better future and we celebrate what we are proud of now.

Our mission

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.

  1. Raising awareness and changing attitudes

  2. Making a difference to the lives of people with a learning disability here and now

  3. Supporting friendships and relationships

  4. Improving health for people with a learning disability

  5. Giving children the best start in life.

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