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Charity Fashion Show to be held at Slathwaite Cricket and Bowling Club on Tuesday 14th May at 8pm. 
Tickets available from Jackie at Mencap in Kirklees – 01484 340811.

Joe Spencer - cropped for facebookWelcome to Joe Spencer, the new Finance & Business Development Manager for Mencap in Kirklees.


CHAS logo - cropped for website - 2Mencap in Kirklees have continued registration as an accredited company with CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme).

Muddy Boots Walking Groups

Walkers with backs to camera

 We have one walking group running at the moment and that is based in Huddersfield. The group meet on a Sunday at 11am at Waverley Hall, Waverley Road. They finish back there at 3pm. We don’t provide transport to and from Waverley Hall so people need to arrange that for themselves.
We have two different ability groups, a “walkers” group and a “strollers” group. At the moment each person gets to go every other week. When we have more people interested we might drop down to each person going monthly but at the moment that isn’t the case.
Jo and mike, walk leaders south
We have funding for a year from the Council so the walks are free. People just need to bring sensible clothes, a packed lunch and some money for a drink, they usually go to a cafe or pub after the walk.
We have staff ready to start a second group and that will be based in Batley. As soon as we have enough interested walkers we will be meeting up at Dewsbury Bus Station.
If people would like to go on the walks then they can contact me at our head office, 01484 340811. I will meet with them and arrange things from there.
 Matthew Jeves.


Personal Independence Payment (PIP).  Want to know more?  We have invited Jackie Codman, Department of Work and Pensions to explain what the change will mean for you.  See poster for further details.




Thursday 25 October 2012 – 7.30pm
Waverley Hall, Waverley Road, Huddersfield, HD1 5NA
Come to our AGM on 25 October and find out about our new Safe Places scheme which aims to promote independent travel for people with learning disabilities.  Safe Places will provide safe havens in busy public places.


You can now find an up to date list of all the Safe Places around Kirklees by clicking on this link
As new Safe Places join the scheme, they will be added to the map so why not save the link into your favourites.


Follow our forthcoming events.
Click on the links below
Huddersfield Safe Places Launch
North Kirklees Safe Places Pre Launch
Dewsbury Safe Places Launch
Our Safe Places scheme now has two short films about the scheme. Why not take a look?
 These links take you to our Mencap in Kirklees Youtube site;
 This film gives an overall look at the scheme:
 This film is an informational guide about how the scheme works:


On 16 February our Head Office relocated from The Stables in Edgerton to:
Brunswick House
33 East Street
                                                                      Brunswick House
Our telephone and fax numbers are the same:
Tel: 01484 340811
Fax: 01484 340822
Click here to see a map. The purple pin marks our new location.


It’s now possible to donate to Mencap in Kirklees at no expense to yourself! Simply do your online shopping via the Give as You Live website and all participating stores will donate a percentage of your purchase price to us. You shop – the shops donate – simple! It’s very easy to download the app. Just follow the link below to find further information and click yes in the orange bar at the top of the page to download Give as you Live. Happy shopping!


Our annual report for 2010-2011 is available to view here and you can see the easy read version here.


Come and join us for a delicious Brunch at Waverley Cafe, Waverley Road, Huddersfield HD1 on the first Saturday of every month.

Mencap in Kirklees on eBay

We are now set up as a charity on eBay. This means that if you sell on eBay you can nominate us as your charity when you list something for sale and choose to donate between 10%-100% of your sales to us. Not only will this support Mencap in Kirklees but will earn you fee credits on your listings and a charity ribbon will be added to your listing which attracts extra customers!


We are now registered on The Big Give website where you can read our mission statement and aims, look into becoming a trustee or leaving a legacy, and donate money to us safely and securely online. Click the button to look at our page.

Donate Online


Luke Clements, a solicitor who specialises in carers’ rights, came to Northorpe Hall on 13 July to speak about assessments of need – what every carer needs to know about how the process works, and their rights within it.
The session was specially arranged for carers in order to allow us to be as prepared as possible for the reviews/re-assessments of the people we care for, which will determine what level of support they will get in future. The change in the threshold for support which was decided as part of the Local Authority budget process means that those whose needs are not classified as ‘critical’ or ‘likely to become critical if support is withdrawn’ could lose all entitlement to support. It is therefore vital that we understand the ground rules and process of assessment, and what the law says about it, so that we can ensure that it works as it should for the person we care for.
The event was organised by Mencap in Kirklees, Ambitions and Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust and was very well attended. For anyone who was not able to attend please click on the links below to find a copy of Luke Clements’ handout and his slideshow presentation.
Luke Clements handout
Mencap Big Cuts Campaign slideshow

Waverley Cafe

Our new cafe on Waverley Road in Huddersfield (just across from the driving test centre) opened on 5 January 2011 and is doing very well. It serves fresh sandwiches, homemade soup and cakes – all made with locally and ethically sourced produce and caters for coeliac, vegetarian and diabetic diets. Open from 10am to 2pm on Tuesdays to Fridays. Please come and join us for a delicious lunch in friendly surroundings.

Kirklees Involvement Network

Mencap in Kirklees took over the contract for Kirklees Involvement Network on 1 April 2010.
K.I.N. is a self advocacy group for people with a learning disability and has regular meetings in Huddersfield and Dewsbury which everyone is welcome to.
Click here for more details.

Changing Places

If these films don’t show what a major difference Changing Places can make to a disabled person’s quality of life then nothing ever will! Have a look and spread the word. Click here to see what it’s really like not to have the proper facilities and here to see what life COULD be like. These Changing Places cost so little to install it’s shocking we don’t have any in Kirklees yet.  Look further down the page to see a link to a map of Changing Places nationally and help us in our campaign to bring Kirklees the facilities we need.
If you are in a position to include a Changing Place in a new public building or refurbishment that you are working on click here to find out how easy it is.

The new Oddjob scheme started in January 2010

  • Do you have a learning disability?
  • Would you like to get a job in the future?
  • Would you like to get a qualification?
  • Would you like some training in home maintenance tasks such as simple woodwork, painting, gardening?
If you can answer yes to these questions you might like to become a trainee on our Oddjob scheme. For further information please contact Will on 07739 991132.

Changing Places Campaign


Most of us don’t give visiting public buildings a second thought but many disabled people are unable to take part in activities we may take for granted because standard accessible toilets do not meet their needs – or the needs of their carers.
The Changing Places Consortium has launched a campaign on behalf of the thousands of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their carers, and the many other disabled people who cannot use standard accessible toilets.
They need Changing Places toilets. These are toilets with enough space for disabled people and their carers, and the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist.
The Changing Places consortium is campaigning for Changing Places toilets to be installed in all big public places such as city centres, shopping centres, arts venues, hospitals, motorway service stations, leisure complexes, large railway stations and airports.
Work has begun to raise awareness of the need for Changing Places here in Kirklees.
Mencap in Kirklees is taking a lead in this campaign by organising meetings for people who could benefit from Changing Places. The Chair is Mary Finneran. For more information please contact us on 01484 340811 or visit: Changing Places
Did you know that the Changing Places website has a map of Changing Places toilets – click here to find out where the nearest ones are.


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