Eastbourne and District Mencap has been working with local families for sixty years. It was formed in 1948 by local parents who had a son or daughter with a learning disability. In 1948 Social Services had yet to be formed, therefore the parents had no financial or emotional support other than from each other. With this in mind they formed an action group: the action group developed rapidly and later became Eastbourne and District Mencap Society.
We are dedicated to helping local people with learning disabilities live fulfilling lives and to reach their real potential.
We have four residential homes providing 24/7 support and two independent-living bungalows. We operate a large Day Service through which we provide workshops on 17 subject areas.
We are a registered charity with around 100 members. Our work is managed by a Board of Trustees together with 90 experienced and qualified staff and some volunteers. Together we provide residential care, day care and leisure activities to many people with a range of learning and sometimes additional physical disabilities.
Our Day Services have proved to be extremely successful in developing social interactions, inclusion and social skills. We try to encourage people to develop skills in art, music, exercise and drama; and to build on existing knowledge and skills. We help people to learn and practise tolerance towards each other, and develop an awareness of the opinion of others. We involve Specialists who have their areas of expertise in leisure, health and well-being, florists, jewellery-making, aromatherapy, health visitors, beauticians, musicians, artists, drama, arts and crafts.
The staff at our Residential Homes are committed to ensuring our Residents live their lives as full as their disability will allow. They concentrate on Person Centred Planning and ensure that everyone works towards being as independent as possible. Our ethos is to encourage our Residents to live their lives to their full potential and to enjoy life.
Once a Resident enters into our care, we not only care for them but also have a concern for their parents, who may be quite elderly and infirm. Eastbourne Mencap has a holistic approach to their residents and their next of kin.
Our supported-living bungalows encourage their service users to live as independently as their disability will allow. They have minimal support and live their lives how they wish to with support from their support worker. This has proved extremely successful and in the future we hope to increase our capacity for this service.