A group of clients and staff from Reading Mencap stand in front of a giant Father Christmas at Winnersh Garden Centre

Merry Christmas from everyone at Reading Mencap

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Reading Mencap.We will be closing for the festive season at the end of Friday 22 December and we will reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2024.As the year draws to a close, it seems timely to reflect on the progress we have made together to support local people with learning disabilities and their families.This year, we are delighted to report:

  • Our Family Support Service continues to provide free information, advice and casework which is greatly appreciated and has had a positive impact on our clients’ lives.
  • 100% of clients surveyed were very satisfied with the support given by our Preparing for Adulthood Service and said they had a better understanding of their young person’s rights and options.
  • Our 4ME Activities Service has gone from strength to strength and we are now running a waiting list. Funding from generous donors means we have been able to offer a wide range of exciting activities.
  • Carers being supported by the Reading & West Berkshire Carers Partnership tell us they appreciate being listened to and that staff at Reading Mencap are sympathetic to what they are feeling and going through.
  • We hosted a number of events for carers from pottery painting to Christmas wreath making which received overwhelming positive feedback.
  • Our clubs continue to play a crucial role in helping attendees explore their interests, socialise with friends and have fun. Our Christmas disco was enjoyed by all.
  • Volunteers from several local companies including Grant Thornton, P&G and M&G were a big hit with our clients when they came along to see what we do and help everyone get the most out of the activities. Volunteers from B&Q revamped our garden.

Once again from everyone at Reading Mencap thank you to everyone who has supported us this year and we look forward to working together in 2024 to create a world where individuals with learning disabilities thrive.