The learning disability issues that matter to you matter to us too. 

We work in partnership with people with a learning disability in Northern Ireland to change laws and improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. 

One way we do this is to produce a range of research and briefing papers to influence government departments, political parties and other organisations to make sure the voice of learning disability is clearly heard in Northern Ireland. 

PIP Experience Survey

The All Party Group on Learning Disability, with the support of Mencap NI and the Law Centre NI, are carrying out a survey, as part of a research study, to find out about the experience of individuals claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP).  

This project is in partnership with Action Mental Health, CAN, Disability Action, Marie Curie, MS Society, Parkinsons UK, Ulster University and PIP claimants with personal experience. 

The research objectives are:

  • to find out about your experience of the PIP process
  • to understand what works
  • to learn about the challenges you have faced
  • to make recommendations for government.

Fill in the survey

We’re campaigning to make the Personal Independence Payment process better for people with disabilities. If you have claimed PIP, or supported someone who has, we want to hear from you. What went well? What didnt go well? How would you improve the process?

Please fill in and share our PIP Experience Survey here.

    Focus groups

    We need everyone to spread the word and encourage people to complete our survey – the more responses the better recommendations we can make. 

    We also have dates for your diary to encourage people to attend our focus groups:

    Date: Monday 1 July 2019.

    Location: Mencap Centre, Belfast, BT6 8BT.

    Timings:

    • 10am – 11.30am: Focus group for parents/carers who have supported a claimant through PIP Process.
    • 2pm – 3.30pm: Focus group for claimants on PIP process.

    Date: Tuesday 2 July 2019

    Location: Mencap Offices, 17-19 Bishop Street, Derry/Londonderry BT48 6PR.

    Timings:

    • 10am – 11.30am: Focus group for parents/carers who have supported a claimant through PIP Process.
    • 2pm – 3.30pm: Focus group for claimants on PIP process.

    Other information

    If you need any help or advice on your PIP claim take a look at this list of organisations that can offer support

    Take a look at our PIP experience survey poster.

    How to get involved

    If you are interested in getting involved in Mencap NI’s research and policy work, please contact Fiona Cole our campaigns and policy officer by:

    Liam in Bangor

    Have you applied for PIP? Have your voice heard!

    We’re campaigning to make the Personal Independence Payment process better for people with disabilities. 

    If you have claimed PIP, or supported someone who has, we want to hear from you. 

    Please fill an and share our PIP Experience Survey  www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PIPexperience

     

    NIUSE - Future Funding for Disability Employment Services

    NIUSE - Future Funding for Disability Employment Services

    The Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment (NIUSE), Policy Group has launched a briefing paper outlining concerns and potential opportunities regarding a proposed new fund for supported employment, to replace the European Social Fund. 

    Download and read the paper here.

    Mencap Priority Briefing Paper

    Read Mencap NI's priority briefing paper focusing on:

    • sleep-ins
    • early intervention
    • social care
    • employment
    • youth and community issues. 

    Ordinary houses in ordinary streets

    Mencap NI Briefing Paper No.2 May 2018

    Independent social care and housing solutions for people with a learning disability. 

    This paper presents an overview of Mencap’s Personal Support service in Northern Ireland and discusses the main barriers to independent living and makes recommendations for wider policy and practice.

    All Party Group on Learning Disability

    Priority issues for people with a learning disability in Northern Ireland.

    Download the report from May 2018 here.

    The Link Me Project 

    Changing the experience of older people with a learning disability in their communities.

    The Link Me project was developed to address the complex and ingrained issue of isolation and loneliness amongst adults aged 55 and over with a learning disability.  

    Download the report here.

    Creating Brighter Futures

    Early Intervention for young children with a learning disability.                                                                                                                       
    Mencap NI Briefing Paper No1 January 2018

    The briefing paper highlights why early intervention is important for young children with a learning disability and their families and what Mencap NI is doing to improve their outcomes.

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