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Mencap Liverpool June 2013 - Summer Edition

Creating Safer Communities Mencap Liverpool is continuing to tackle hate crime against people with a learning disability through its Safe Haven project. Delivered in partnership with CitySafe Havens, the project involves training local shops and businesses – in areas with the highest rates of anti-social behaviour and disability hate crime – to provide a temporary place of safety to those who feel vulnerable. It also empowers people with a learning disability in Liverpool to feel more confident when they are out and about in their community.

Jamie and Paul develop a guide for Safe Havens

Mencap Liverpool members Paul Staples and Jamie Meyrick (pictured) have put together an easy-to-use ‘how to’ guide to help Safe Haven staff understand how to support someone with a learning disability. And they have brought this information to life by delivering training at Safe Haven venues across Liverpool. An important part of the training focuses on the use of language and how offensive words like ‘retard’ are to people with a learning disability. This complements National Mencap’s ‘R-word’ campaign which aims to stamp out words that are insulting to people with a learning disability in the media. As the project progresses our Outreach Coordinator, Sheldon Griffiths, will meet with people with a learning disability to tell them about the Safe Haven scheme and how it can help them. Sheldon will also help people to understand what a hate crime is and how they

can be supported should they need to report any form of hate crime. Sarah Jones, Chief Executive of Mencap Liverpool, said: “Nobody should live in fear of hate crime. The Safe Havens project will help local communities come together in a practical way to reduce bullying and hate crime against our most vulnerable neighbours.” Mencap Liverpool has also been training Safe Haven staff to recognise the E-card. The E-card gives details of an emergency contact and any medical or communication needs.

• To find out more about the E-card, or to register for the scheme contact People First Merseyside on 0151 707 6751 or 0151 329 2137

Phone: 0151 707 8582 Email: Mencap Liverpool, Federation House, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BW Registered Charity Number 1004262. Company Registered Number 2146838 (England)

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Become a volunteer befriender! We are looking for people of ALL ages to join our valued team of volunteer befrienders. Volunteer befrienders dedicate a couple of hours each week or fortnight to making friends with someone with a learning disability. You might meet for coffee, go for a walk or pop out for lunch. As a volunteer befriender, you can help someone gain more confidence, greater independence and a better social life.

To find out more please get in touch: call 0151 707 8582 or email

The Liver Birds

A brand new Women’s Club at Mencap Liverpool Due to the success of our Gentleman’s Club, our female members asked us to set up a similar social group for them. So we launched ‘The Liver Birds’ women’s club to give female members a chance to make new friends and support each other through various issues that affect their lives. During the first meeting the group chatted about different things they would like to do, like self-defence classes, health sessions and going for a meal. They also came up with the rather catchy name of ‘The Liver Birds’ for the group. If you would like more information about The Liver Birds, or to join, contact Lois or Jan Donnelly on 0151 707 8582 /

On the move

Member Lewis is feeling upbeat after undertaking travel training, with Career Coach Jan Donnelly, so he can travel independently to college. Lewis, who was bullied in the past, is committed to making positive changes in his life. Jan will support Lewis in developing skills and confidence to get out and about, and access the community.

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Why your support is so valuable to us A message from our Chief Executive

Most people don’t realise that we are not funded by Royal Mencap and we receive minimal funding from the local authority. We rely on funding from grant-making trusts and the kind-hearted donations of local people to raise the £500 a day we need to run our life-changing projects. When I started at Mencap Liverpool in 2009, more than 85% of our funding came from Liverpool and Knowsley Councils – now, in 2013 this is just 3%. Life has become very tough for small charities like us. Mencap Liverpool was extremely fortunate to have the proceeds from the sale of our building and two major legacies to see us through the past four years. However, the well is nearly dry and unless we can bring in what we need, we’ll have to cut back on the work we do, at a time when the people we help need it the most. That’s why we took the decision to hire a Fundraising Manager, Sarah Lee - we want to make sure that we have the resources we need to help people with a learning disability and their families for as long as our help is needed. We appreciate that everyone has different circumstances and we’re enormously grateful for whatever you can give - whether it’s an hour of your time to help out at a bucket collection, volunteering in our office, holding a Tea With Me party or simply making a donation. Thank you for your continued support - I promise that it really makes a difference. Sarah Jones, Chief Executive

Fancy a brew? Mencap Liverpool launches Throughout 2013 we’re asking you to pop the kettle on and hold a Tea With Me party – to support our charity and the work we do. It’s simple: all you need to do is get together with colleagues, friends or family – and buy or bake some cakes! You can hold your event at home, in the office or at a local community venue. There are many ways to raise money at your party, for example you can charge an entrance fee or ask people to donate an amount for each cake they eat. We’ve designed some fantastic materials to help you get the most of your day, including posters and invitations. The money raised from your tea party will support our outreach services, befriending and social activities for people with a learning disability in Liverpool. For details, visit our website at or call Sarah Lee on 0151 707 8582.

Go on – take the plunge!

We have places available to abseil down one of Liverpool’s most famous landmarks – the Anglican Cathedral – on Saturday 10th August. Places cost £35 each and we ask you to raise at least £100 in sponsorship. Interested? Contact Sarah Lee on 0151 707 8582.

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Thank you Thank you to the Merseytravel team for walking a long and winding 15 miles as part of the Wirral Walk to raise money for us. The sun was shining on the day and they raised close to £500 – we hope they had fun! We are delighted to be selected as charity of the year, by the Child Maintenance Group’s National Helpline staff, in Liverpool. We look forward to working with them. Thanks to everyone who came and supported the fundraising quiz night at Leaf which helped us raise more than £1,000. Thank you also to Barclays who will be kindly matching – and doubling – the money raised.

Welcome to... Sheldon Griffiths About Me My role as Outreach Coordinator involves working with people with a learning disability and helping with any issues or problems they may face. Here are 3 interesting facts about me: 1) I really enjoy meeting people, helping them to achieve their goals and do the things that they want to do. 2) I enjoy socialising, visiting new places and trying new things. 3) I also love spending time with my friends and family, especially my baby daughter who is just 15 months old and makes me laugh every day.

Hailey Wood About Me I am the newest member of the Mencap Liverpool team. I am co-ordinating the LEAF (Learn Engage Achieve Future) Project, which is an exciting new partnership between Mencap Liverpool and Alternative Futures in Liverpool and Knowsley. Through the Project, Mencap Liverpool will help more local organisations to involve volunteers with a learning disability. Here are 3 interesting facts about me: 1) I love to read every day and my favourite books are crime novels. 2) I set up and chaired the Liverpool Hope Psychology Society when I was a student. 3) I love to be near the water in Liverpool and enjoy spending time at the Albert Dock or on the beaches of New Brighton – there is nothing like that where I am from in Birmingham!

Dates for your diary Learning Disability Week 2013: We’ll have lots going on, including the unveiling of our ‘Immersive Travel Pod’ – thanks to funding from Merseytravel and the Arts Council, we’ve been able to create a great piece of interactive art which might challenge what people think about transport and people with a learning disability. 19-25th August. Tea With Me at Liverpool Chamber of Commerce: Liverpool Chamber of Commerce are holding a Tea With Me event – visitors are welcome but please book a place by calling the Chamber on 0151 227 1234. Friday 23rd August, 8.30am – 10am. Bucket collections: We will be holding two summer bucket collections at Liverpool ONE and we need people to help out, for 1-2hours each, at both events. If you would like to take part email Sarah Lee at Saturday 27th July and Saturday 24th August.

Get In Touch! Email: Phone: 0151 707 8582

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