The season to be jolly is back again! Bring on the Christmas jumpers, mince pies, mulled wine and cheer.

It's also a time where you can make a very special difference for people with a learning disability. In Northern Ireland there are 42,000 people with a learning disability. We want to help create a brighter future for people we support, and with your help we can!

Our services support people with a learning disability every step of the way; from early years through to support in adult life with living independently, finding a job and getting involved in the local community.

The money you raise will go a long way, supporting our vital services where its needed most.

Christmas jumper day

Get together with your colleagues, school, nursery or club and rock your favourite Christmas jumper!

Choose your date and encourage everyone to make a small donation or make it competitive and compete to be crowned Christmas Jumper Champion and donate to vote for best (or worst!) Christmas outfit.

We'll be doing ours on Friday 13 December and we want to get our and visit as many workplaces, schools and clubs as possible taking part.

Let us know what your plans are!

Other ways to get involved

There are lots of ways you can make a massive difference this Christmas.

Purchase your Mencap Christmas cards which have been designed by children in the Mencap Children's Centre. 

You can also decorate your desk at work, set up a Facebook fundraiser for Mencap asking for donations in lieu of presents. Or organise your own festive fundraiser!

There are lots of ways you can make a massive difference!

Let us know what your plans are!

How you can donate

Online

You can donate to Mencap online here.

By text

Or you can text MENCAP to 70660 to donate £3.

By post

Send a cheque payable to Mencap to Mencap NI, 5 School Road, Newtownbreda, Belfast, BT8 6BT.

In person

Our office is at Children's Centre, 5 School Road, Newtownbreda, Belfast, BT8 6BT.

How your money helps

Your donations this Christmas will make a massive difference to create a brighter future for people with a learning disability.

Hear about Ben's story, as told by his mother Judith, below. 

"Ben has always been a smiley boy, he has a face that would brighten your mood no matter what type of day you are having. So, to see Ben struggle with certain aspects of life was hard to take.

"When Ben started at the Mencap Children's Centre he was greeted every morning with a massive hug from his key worker. It was wonderful to be welcomed into a place which was fully equipped to meet his needs and where he could be challenged in a safe environment. We relaxed knowing he was in more than capable hands. Ben’s smile grew as he made friends, achieved milestones and grew in confidence. 

"We came to Mencap unsure of what would lie ahead for us. Some days are still uncertain, but we know we have friends behind us helping us move forward down our path." 

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