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Welcome to Carlisle Mencap

Carlisle Mencap provides life-long person-centred support for people with learning disabilities and their families in Cumbria.

We are locally managed and funded, not a branch of the national organisation although we do work closely with them on many of our projects. We are a membership organisation and have over 150 members made up of people with learning disabilities, carers and other interested parties. We believe everyone with a learning disability has an equal right to choice, opportunity and respect, with the support they need.

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Latest News and Information

Thursday, 14th September 2023
https://youtu.be/cOVP5lnAa70 Carlisle Mencap is proud to be working with Tizard University in Kent to do a study in Early Positive Approaches ... ... read more
Friday, 11th August 2023
Do you believe in supporting people with learning disabilities to lead full and active lives? We have opportunities for a Social Activities ... ... read more
Friday, 11th August 2023
We are looking for a Team Leader to join the team, with a focus on Adult Outreach and Supported Living. ... ... read more
Tuesday, 6th June 2023
We are looking for Waking Night staff to work in Supported Living. Applications and further information through Sage HR: ... ... read more
Thursday, 26th January 2023
We are looking for Support Workers to join the team. ... read more

Resource Videos

Keep Safe Online Campaign

Keep Safe Online Campaign "Cyber Crime"

Social media can be great fun and a fantastic way to keep in touch and share things with friends and family but there are a few things you need to remember to keep yourself safe.

Keep Safe Online Campaign

Keep Safe Online Campaign "Fire Safety"

Fire Safety is very important. Fire can kill. There are lots of things you can do to keep safe in your home.

Keep Safe Online Campaign

Keep Safe Online Campaign "Sexual Exploitation"

Sexual exploitation is a type of sexual abuse. When a person is exploited they're given things, like gifts, drugs, money, status and affection, in exchange for performing sexual activities.

Keep Safe Online Campaign

Keep Safe Online Campaign "Mate Crime"

What is a mate crime? When a person is harmed or taken advantage of by someone they thought was their friend.

Keep Safe Online Campaign

Keep Safe Online Campaign "Hate Crime"

What is Hate Crime? Disability Hate Crime is: ‘Any criminal offence that is motivated by hostility or prejudice based upon a person’s disability.

Carlisle Mencap Exercise 1 Warm-up

Carlisle Mencap Exercise 1 Warm-up

One of the Carlisle Mencap Exercise Videos produced in conjunction with filmmaker John Slemensek and funded thanks to a grant by Active Cumbria.

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Seated Warm-up

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Seated Warm-up

One of the Carlisle Mencap Exercise Videos produced in conjunction with filmmaker John Slemensek and funded thanks to a grant by Active Cumbria.

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Going For A Walk

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Going For A Walk

One of the Carlisle Mencap Exercise Videos produced in conjunction with filmmaker John Slemensek and funded thanks to a grant by Active Cumbria.

Carlisle Mencap Exercise - Gardening exercises

Carlisle Mencap Exercise - Gardening exercises

One of the Carlisle Mencap Exercise Videos produced in conjunction with filmmaker John Slemensek and funded thanks to a grant by Active Cumbria.

Think First, It's Real

Think First, It's Real

Latest film from our award-winning Independence Studio - backed by a grant from Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner - aimed at showing vulnerable people and those with learning disabilities how to stay safe when using online platforms including Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Video - Tabata

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Video - Tabata

One of the Carlisle Mencap Exercise Videos produced in conjunction with filmmaker John Slemensek and funded thanks to a grant by Active Cumbria.

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Video Functional Fitness

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Video Functional Fitness

One of the Carlisle Mencap Exercise Videos produced in conjunction with filmmaker John Slemensek and funded thanks to a grant by Active Cumbria.

Carlisle Mencap Exercise - Seated Exercise

Carlisle Mencap Exercise - Seated Exercise

One of the Carlisle Mencap Exercise Videos produced in conjunction with filmmaker John Slemensek and funded thanks to a grant by Active Cumbria.

Carlisle Mencap Exercise - Circuit Routine

Carlisle Mencap Exercise - Circuit Routine

One of the Carlisle Mencap Exercise Videos produced in conjunction with filmmaker John Slemensek and funded thanks to a grant by Active Cumbria.

Carlisle Mencap Exercise - Stretches

Carlisle Mencap Exercise - Stretches

One of the Carlisle Mencap Exercise Videos produced in conjunction with filmmaker John Slemensek and funded thanks to a grant by Active Cumbria.

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Video - Varied Routine

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Video - Varied Routine

One of the Carlisle Mencap Exercise Videos produced in conjunction with filmmaker John Slemensek and funded thanks to a grant by Active Cumbria.

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Functional Fitness 2

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Functional Fitness 2

One of the Carlisle Mencap Exercise Videos produced in conjunction with filmmaker John Slemensek and funded thanks to a grant by Active Cumbria.

Is It OK? Sexual Exploitation, What it is and what to do about it

Is It OK? Sexual Exploitation, What it is and what to do about it

A disproportionate number of people with learning disabilities are sexually exploited and do not report it. Is It OK? is a direct response to this.

Mencap Voting 2015

Mencap Voting 2015

This is our film 'Hear My Voice' about voting. It has been made by a group of people who have learning disabilities at The Independence Studio, Carlisle Mencap.

Take control, what to do about hate crime

Take control, what to do about hate crime

A video created by artists from Carlisle Mencaps independence studio on how to tackle hate crime

Carlisle Mencap Exercise in Garden Ideas 2

Carlisle Mencap Exercise in Garden Ideas 2

Exercise Ideas in your own garden

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Limited Mobility

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Limited Mobility

For those with limited mobility

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Outdoor  limited

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Outdoor limited

Exercises limited mobility while outdoors

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Standing Broad Jump

Carlisle Mencap Exercise Standing Broad Jump

Standing Broad Jump Test. This is No 12 video in the series of 16

Carlisle Mencap Exercise More Stretches

Carlisle Mencap Exercise More Stretches

Stretching exercises indoors

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