We work in partnership with the Health Trusts in Northern Ireland, with RQIA, Supporting People, Golden Lane Housing, and our local Housing Associations. We also work closely with Education and Training providers, community groups and other voluntary sector agencies.  

Our range of specialised services are available across Northern Ireland.  

Our services are designed to meet the specific needs of individual service users. This could be one-to-one support for a few hours in their own home, up to 24 hour support in specially adapted accommodation.    

We pride ourselves on having a person-centred approach to the support we give, which means putting the person's needs first. 

We encourage the people we work with to have input and be involved in every aspect of their support. We value their input and opinion.

We promote their right to have a fulfilled life within a safe and secure environment, by promoting independence and having personalised support packages for each person.

We encourage personal development and support the people we work with to access services and activities within their local communities.

About Golden Lane Housing

Golden Lane Housing is an independent, registered charity and social housing provider, established by Mencap, almost 20 years ago.

It's one of the UK’s largest supported housing landlord for people with a learning disability.

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Learning Disability and Key Inequalities in Housing and Communities

The Equality Commission has announced it's ‘Statement on Key Inequalities in Housing and Communities in Northern Ireland’ highlighting that ‘Those with a learning disability are not always afforded an opportunity to live independently’. The report looks at a range of inequalities in housing and focuses on the story of the Henry Brothers who are supported by Mencap NI’s Personal Support and Housing Service at their new home near Omagh. The report highlights that the work of Mencap NI and Golden Lane Housing is an example of how enabling people with a learning disability to live independently can transform lives and address inequality.

We currently have four Housing services in Northern Ireland providing support to 61 people:

Omagh Supported Living Service

Omagh Supported Living Service provides domiciliary care and support to people with a learning disability in their own homes in the Omagh area. It opened as a residential home in 1990 and then in 2013 became a supported living service.  

Omagh Supported Living service provides a full life model of support to tenants. This means that staff will help people find a wide range of activities that they would like to do in their local community as alternative to the traditional model of day care. Our staff will work with people to ensure they can access the activities they want at a time they choose. 

Banbridge Supported Living Service

Banbridge Supported Living Service has provided supported housing services since 2003 in partnership with FOLD Housing. The service currently supports 17 people with a learning disability at Riversley Fold in Banbridge. Support is provided to access day time opportunities in their local community.  

The team work closely with the college, Gateway, other local clubs and agencies to enable the people we support to access a wide range of activities and be a part of their community.

Bangor Supported Living Service

Bangor Supported Living Service, based at Princetown Road in Bangor was initially established as a residential home in 1986. In 2008 the site was redeveloped in partnership with Choice Housing to provide accommodation for 15 people in one, two and three bedroom apartments in a supported housing environment.

The team at the service provide support to the tenants to help them look after themselves and their apartment, socialise, go to work, access day opportunities and be part of their community. 

Keady Supported Living Service

Keady Supported Living Service was initially established in 1993 as a residential care home. It has been working in its current form as a supported housing scheme since 2003 and is now provided in partnership with Golden Lane Housing.

It supports six people in their own home to access community services and activities. The dedicated team support the service users with developing independent living skills in a homely environment.

Lifestyle Support Service

We also have a Lifestyle Support Service offering people the opportunity to purchase support on an hourly basis.

Lifestyle Support is personalised service based on choice and can be tailored to meet the support needs of the individual.  This service can support individuals within their own home with tasks such as daily living, support with finances, maintaining their tenancy and day opportunities. The support provided could be for as little as one or two hours per week up to as many hours as required.

This service can also be used for a one off event.

Contact Mencap Northern Ireland

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