Mencap's Big Step Forward Appeal called on the public to help raise the £1.7 million needed to build, equip and run its new Children and Families Centre.

The centre will provide children and young people with a learning disability with the right support and opportunities to flourish and achieve their potential.

The appeal surpassed this target, raising over £2 million in less than 2 years to match £2.5 million in funding from DHSSPS.

The £4.5 million raised was used to build, equip and run (for one year) Mencap's much needed new centre for children with a learning disability and their families in Belfast.

Thanks to Mencap's Big Step Forward Appeal, March 2016 saw the opening of a brand new purpose-built centre. At the heart of the new centre is Mencap's nursery for 2 to 4 year-olds with a learning disability, autism and developmental delay. But, building Mencap Centre is just the start of what we want to achieve in Northern Ireland.

The funds you raise will support people with a learning disability going forward; as well as funding even more vital services, such as:

  • Mencap Nursery Early Intervention Service and our new Holiday Play Schemes
  • After school clubs and summer play schemes for young people, as well as family away and respite days across Northern Ireland
  • A new family support service which will reach the whole of Northern Ireland; making sure that when any child in born with a learning disability, that their family knows that they can turn to Mencap for information, guidance, advice and support

"He couldn't walk when we started, but when we left, we walked out together."

Segal House Nursery parent

Donate to Mencap

There are 33,000 people with a learning disability in Northern Ireland.

We want to provide these people with the right support and help them have their say and live more independently.

By donating to Mencap you will be helping people with a learning disability develop skills and gain confidence to live a fulfilling and active life.

Donate now

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