History of Coventry Mencap – help needed!

We are starting a history of Coventry Mencap as part of our 60th Diamond Anniversary celebrations.           

We have been busy gathering photographs and other items together from the last 60 years.  However with some of the photographs we are not sure where they were taken or who all the people are.  

Can you help us?  
Do you remember people who were members of our Society in its early days?  
Is there an event that happened that brings back lots of memories?  
Perhaps our Society helped to buy or fund an item of equipment that made a difference to you or the person you care for at home?  
Did you attend a hospital, school or day centre that Coventry Mencap helped by giving money to buy help provide a special outing?  
Is there someone who helps in Coventry Mencap that helped you in a special way that you would like to tell us about?  
Whatever it is we would really like to know what Coventry Mencap means to you.  

If you liked to be involved in this why not join us in our ‘Trip Down Memory Lane’ on Thursday 25 October 2014 Venue: Holy Trinity Church Centre Priory Row   Time: 10.30am – 1pm or contact:  Jill Hinde  Tel: 024 7667 0626


Indian night

Tonight we’re doing some indian dancing, but more people want to be playing pool by the look of it!


Voting workshop

Tonight we have lots of people to tell us about voting.


Hayley from mencap is here, Councillor Abbot has come to talk to us and the ladies from the council have come as well.


They are telling us why it is important to vote, and how we can register to vote. Then they are telling us about how to vote as well.


We are practicing voting for Jill and Brian who are telling us why they are best!


Brian was the winner!

Ice bucket Challenge!

Some of our volunteers took the Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday night. They were being sponsored to raise some money for Wayfarers. Let us know if you would like to sponsor them.

The video is dark because we couldn’t find the switch for the outside lights!

Mencap ‘Hear my Voice’

 Huge progress has been made for people with a learning disability and their families in the last generation, but we still have such a long way to go before people with a learning disability are recognised as equal and valued members of society. 1,200 people with a learning disability die needlessly each year in NHS care, 9 out of 10 have been a victim of hate crime, and thousands of people are stuck in units like Winterbourne View.


In the run up to the 2015 General Election, we want the voices of people with a learning disability and their families to be heard. That’s why in May this year Mencap launched the Hear my voice campaign.


Today we launched a new website to connect people with a learning disability and their families with their local MP and candidates:https://www.hear-my-voice.org.uk. Through the website we can connect with our local candidates by sharing our stories and asking candidates ‘Are you listening?’


We want to reach as many people as possible, so everyone has the chance to make their voice heard.



1) Ask your supporters to join the campaign.


Using this tweet:

Join the #HearMyVoice movement. Share your story with your future MP and ask for change: https://www.hear-my-voice.org.uk


This Facebook post:

In May 2015 we decide who will run the country for the next 5 years. Together we must tell politicians what is important to us and what needs to change.


Share your story and ask your future MP to listen https://www.hear-my-voice.org.uk


Messaging for a newsletter

In May 2015 we decide who will run the country for the next 5 years. In the run up to the election Mencap are mobilising the learning disability community to share their stories and ask their local candidates to listen.


For more information and to share your story visit: https://www.hear-my-voice.org.uk


2) Share your own story: https://www.hear-my-voice.org.uk


Please send your voice to your local MP and candidates today; tell them what matters to you and ask if they are listening to people with a learning disability and all those connected to them.


Together we can put the issues that matter most to people with a learning disability and their families firmly on the agenda for the next Government, and we can make real change happen.


Thank you,Hayley.

 Hayley StokesRegional engagement officer (Central)Mobile: 07950 964999Email: hayley.stokes@mencap.org.uk Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included. We can’t get there alone. Support our vision at www.mencap.org.uk

Programme autumn 2014

16 irish disco
23 ‘all about voting’ with people from Mencap
30 indian night

7 skittles with our friends from Rugby
14 pumpkin carving
21 name that voice
28 hallowe’en disco. Fancy dress and games

4 bonfire games evening
11 memory lane music from the war years with Michael
18 wayfarers have talent
25 beggar or thief

2 christmas cards
9 zig zag christmas show
16 christmas party. Ask for details

We come back from christmas holidays on January 6