Leeds Mencap supports children and young people with a learning disability, their parents and carers, from across Leeds.  We also support adults with learning disabilities. We provide support and opportunities in the following ways:

Hawthorn specialist playroom: Through the playroom, very young children with additional needs are provided with specialist development support through play. The children can attend from age 0 – 3years old.  They attend for one day a week from 9.30am – 2.15pm.  Parents/carers stay on site and are supported by the Family Support Coordinator.  The Coordinator facilitates parents/carers to provide informal support to each other and also provides information, advice and guidance.

Contact Name: Celine Prior (Playroom leader)
Kath Surtees (Family Support Coordinator)
Telephone: 0113 235 1331

 

Family Support Service: We provide, advice, information and support for parents and carers of children and adults with learning disabilities. This is provided through groups and one to one work with individual families.

Contact Name: Esme Winston Little (Family Services Manager)
Telephone: 0113 235 1331

 

Fun in the holidays: We aim to support the whole family, particularly during the long summer holidays, but also during the shorter school breaks.  We run holiday play schemes for children and young people with a learning disability from age 4 – 19.  We also organise Family fun days and also day trips out.  We provide some extra staff so families can enjoy their time together knowing there is a spare pair of hands around if needed.

Contact Name: Gemma Airey (Coordinator)
Esme Winston Little (Family Services Manager)
Telephone: 0113 235 1331

 

Youth clubs: We run two youth clubs.  Tuesday youth club is for 9 – 13 year olds and Thursday youth club is for 14 – 18 year olds.  The clubs provide a fun and safe environment for young people with a learning disability to get together and take part in a range of activities.  They build their confidence, make new friends and get to try new experiences.

Contact Name: Gemma Airey (Coordinator)
Esme Winston Little (Family Services Manager)
Telephone: 0113 235 1331

 

Me2 dance group: Me2 is an inclusive dance group for young people aged 11 – 25, both with and without disabilities.

Contact Name: Gemma Airey (Coordinator)
Esme Winston Little (Family Services Manager)
Telephone: 0113 235 1331

 

Sibling support groups: Support for children and young people who have a brother or sister with a learning disability is vital. It gives them the time and space to have fun, share experiences with others who understand, try new activities and have time for themselves.

Contact Name: Gemma Airey (Coordinator)
Esme Winston Little (Family Services Manager)
Telephone: 0113 235 1331

 

Friday club: Young adults with a learning disability can get together to socialise and have fun.  The club members decide where they want to go and what they want to do.  Some attend with a support worker, others are supported by the staff who run the group.

Contact Name: Gemma Airey (Coordinator)
Esme Winston Little (Family Services Manager)
Telephone: 0113 235 1331

 

The Rookery: Twelve adults with learning disabilities live together in Chapel Allerton.  The current residents are aged 40+ and the majority have lived at the Rookery for a long time.  The residents take part in a variety of activities during the day and evening and live with varying degrees of independence according to their needs.

Contact Name: Michelle Wilks (Registered Manager)
Jane Busby (Deputy Manager)
Telephone: 0113 268 9598

 

Jimbo’s Community Nursery:Leeds Mencap now run a nursery primarily for our local community in the Richmond Hill/Burmantofts area of Leeds.  The nursery can take children aged 2 – 5 on a full or part time basis.  The nursery takes children who meet the criteria for the Free Early Education Entitlement (all 3 and 4 year olds and eligible 2 year olds).  Some of the children who attend the specialist Hawthorn playroom also attend Jimbo’s nursery.

Contact Name: Abigail Cunningham (Nursery Manager)
Becky Scampton (3 and 4 years Deputy Manager/Room leaders)
Amy Cross (2 years Deputy Manager/Room leader)
Telephone: 0113 467 305

 

The Vinery Centre – Rooms for hire: We have a range of activity and meeting rooms for hire at our premises in East Leeds.  We also have a soft play room and a sensory room.  All the rooms have screens which can be opened up creating flexible space for different size groups and activities.  We can provide refreshments, buffet lunches and a light lunch menu. We have an outdoor play space which includes a sensory path, climbing equipment, a small grassed area and space for a bouncy castle.

Contact Name: Cath Lee (CEO)
Charles Holdsworth (Finance Manager)
Loretta Jones / Sarah hooker (Fundraising Managers)
Adele Dixon (Receptionist / Room Hire)
Bernie Gahan (Centre Manager)
Address: Leeds Mencap, The Vinery Centre, 20 Vinery Terrace, Leeds LS9 9LU
Telephone: 0113 235 1331
Email
Website: www.leedsmencap.org.uk

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