What is a Learning Disability?

  • A learning disability is caused by the way the brain develops before, during or shortly after birth. It is always lifelong.
  • A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability.
  • People with learning disabilities need support to develop new skills, understand complex information, and interact with others.
  • Someone with a learning disability may also have physical disabilities. They may have complex needs and require high levels of support.
  • Learning disability is often confused with mental health problems.These can affect anyone at any time and may be overcome with treatment; this is not true of a learning disability.

Welcome to HF Mencap – Our Story

HF Mencap is an independent local charity supporting children and adults with learning disabilities and their carers and families.

Hammersmith and Fulham Mencap was started in 1964 by a group of parents and carers who got together to fight for the rights of their adult children with learning disabilities to have access to day service provision. The parents/carers offered each other support and met informally in their own homes.

Over the years we have grown into a multi-project service provider to support people with learning disabilities and their families. We are celebrating our 50th year and I hope that those parents and carers would be proud of our local presence and reputation continuing to campaign locally for the rights of children and adults with learning disabilities.

HF Mencap became a limited company in 2013 and we are affiliated to Royal Mencap.

Our Mission is:  To work with and represent people with learning disabilities and their families and carers to ensure their voices heard and their rights met.

Teresa McGinn, Chief Executive
August 2014


Our Senior Management Team

Teresa McGinn – Chief Executive

Teresa has been with HF Mencap for 15 years, re-launching Hammersmith & Fulham Mencap in 1999 to deliver and develop service user led advocacy services.  The charity has grown and diversified over the last 15 years offering a variety of… [READ MORE]





How We Are Governed

All Hammersmith and Fulham Mencap Trustees are unpaid volunteers, who are recruited on the basis of their professional experience and/or knowledge of  the voluntary sector and learning disabilities

We are an independent charity (no.1150840) and registered company (no. 8155114), required to provide returns to the Charity Commissioners and Companies House.  The Trustees have…[READ MORE]




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