Andover and District Mencap is an Independent, Not For Profit, local Learning Disability charity supporting and advocating for adults and children with learning disabilities and their families and carers. Established in 1964 (our 50th anniversary falling in 2014) by a group of parents, who thought the idea of sending their children to residential hospitals was not in the best interests of their children and that they thought they should live their lives and have the same opportunities as everyone else. Since that time we have been working with our members their families and carers in the local community, to enable people with learning disabilities to live as independent a life as possible.
During our 50 years we have developed a range of bespoke facilities including: The Wellington Centre, Supported Living Accommodation, Stephens Ark respite centre, domiciliary care and a wide range of community initiatives.
Our aim is to build on this success and develop our services, enabling even more people with learning disabilities to benefit and to continue to develop as an organisation to ensure that we continue to provide support and assistance for many years to come.
People that use our services have a range of both physical and mental health needs and we believe in valuing individuals and supporting them to make choices and gain independence. We ensure that all achievements are recognized and celebrated.