I had the great pleasure of attending a garden party today held in the sensory garden at West Berkshire Mencap. As you may know if you're local to the area, this charity is completely unrelated to Mencap and for 60 years has supported local people with learning disabilities, their families and carers.
Under the leadership of their utterly brilliant CEO Leila, the charity supports hundreds of people to live their lives as fully as they want to and runs all manner of services ranging from the Bubble Club for children between 0 and 5; Gateway Clubs which helps people with learning disabilities take part in leisure activities to all kinds of clubs. It's no surprise to learn that they are winners of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
There's also Link-Up, which is a work skills project for people with learning disabilities to work with businesses which means a win-win for everyone. The business gets high-quality services such as greeting card labelling and distribution, mailshots, repackaging retail items and mailshots and the workers get invaluable experience in the world of work.
As usual, I was blown away by the stories, the happy atmosphere in this inspiring environment and the positive attitude of people here as well as the range of fundraising endeavours from music nights to bungee jumps in the marketplace though to boot sales and zumbathons!
Thanks for inviting me - here's a link to what they do: