A series of new guides aimed at helping adults with a learning disability and their carers access health and social care services has been launched by Mencap Cymru in conjunction with Cardiff University’s School of Law.
Jointly developed by law students, academics and Mencap Cymru,
the toolkits aim to empower the carers and families of adults with
a learning disability and help them navigate their options to
The toolkits, which were launched on 8 September 2015 at an event
sponsored by Lynne Neagle AM, look at the rights of people with a
learning disability on a range of topics from housing and education
to health and social care. They aim to empower anyone who supports
people with a learning disability to access these services,
including family members, support workers and advocates.
The guides will be used by Mencap Cymru's Regional Officers to
support their work assisting people with a learning disability and
their carers to access the services they are entitled to.
The project is part of a network of community engagement
initiatives run by the School of Law to help the community, while
at the same time offering students the opportunity to develop their
legal experience through working on practical, real-world
activities (see: http://www.law.cf.ac.uk/probono/)
Lynne Neagle, Assembly Member for Torfaen, said: "I was delighted
to sponsor the launch of Mencap Cymru's legal toolkits.
"I have been so impressed by the toolkits which are a fantastic
resource to help people with learning disabilities, their families
and professionals navigate complex areas of law.
"A huge well done must go to Mencap Cymru and to students at
Cardiff University's School of Law who worked with them to produce
Jason Tucker, from Cardiff University's School of Law and
Politics, said:"The project provided students with a great
opportunity to develop their employability skills, whilst gaining
an insight into the vital work carried out by third sector
organisations. We hope to be able to develop the project over
three more years with Welsh Government funding."
Wayne Crocker, Director of Mencap Cymru, added: "Supporting people
to take control of the services they need to live fulfilled and
independent lives is central to our work as Mencap Cymru. The
project with Cardiff Law School will give people with a learning
disability and those who support them the confidence and knowledge
to tackle inequality and poor access to services. I am particularly
pleased that student volunteers at Cardiff University have become
more aware of the specific needs of people with a learning
disability and their carers through their involvement in the
The toolkits are available as a free download from the Mencap Cymru