The charity says that access to safe and secure housing is a basic human need and essential for overall health and well-being. Only 15% of people with a learning disability have some form of tenancy or ownership of their own home with just over one third of adults with a learning disability living with their families are living with a parent who is over 70 years old.

Mencap work to help more people with a learning disability live independently in their community, and have a real choice about where they live and who they live with.


Mencap announced the new service models and partnership at the charity’s ‘Ordinary Houses in Ordinary Streets’ Seminar at the Long Gallery, Stormont today, Tuesday 15th May attended by members of Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Trusts, Department Officials and Political Representatives.

Speakers included Nicola Mallon, MLA for North Belfast, Jan Tregelles, Mencap Chief Executive and Alastair Graham, Director of Golden Lane Housing.

Barry Mc Menamin, Mencap NI Personal Support Service Regional Manager said,


‘We are very excited about the launch of our new housing models in partnership with Golden Lane Housing.'

'This new accommodation and personalised support will provide an opportunity to transform the lives of each individual we support.’


‘Mencap has been supporting and working with people with a learning disability across NI for many years. This model and the associated investment further increases our capacity to support people locally with a learning disability to live independently in their community.’


Alastair Graham, Director of Golden Lane Housing continued,

‘It’s great to be delivering high quality homes to help tackle the challenges people with a learning disability face in finding a home in NI.’

‘We are delighted to be working with Mencap to provide much needed housing for people with a learning disability in NI so that they can live their lives as independently as possible.’

Mencap’s Personal Support service currently supports almost 80 people in NI to live independently in a mix of individual or shared flats and houses.

Liam, a 22 year old who has a mild learning disability has been supported by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Mencap and Golden Lane Housing to help find an appropriate housing solution so that he could live more independently.

Liam states,

'Golden Lane Housing were able to provide me with a nice house that is big and spacious. It was good fun to go go-karting with other tenants supported by Mencap. I get more time to go out independently, staff help to organise activities.'

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