Mencap - Safety Net - People First

Service description

SNPF is a self-advocacy group run for, and by, adults with learning disabilities to improve access to services, support representatives at meetings, access training and deliver disability awareness workshops.  

Funded until:

31 March 2021

Annual funding level:


In the past year...

  • A total of 61 residents were supported, with 32 taking part in speaking up and assertiveness events, and 48 in themed workshops on areas such as community safety, health, and fundraising

Outcomes achieved:

  • 12 users were trained to deliver disability equality training to external organisations and services, 34 took part in external consultations, and all reported feeling more involved in decisions about services and issues that affected them. In 14 learning disability awareness sessions, seven SNPF members worked with five organisations to develop and deliver training. Twenty young people attended hate crime awareness training.


“I’ve done well being part of Safety Net; I went to forums on my own and spoke up for people with learning disabilities. We did a presentation to GPs about health. I have enjoyed myself.”

Looking ahead:

  • SNPF has a seat on the H&F Disabled People’s Commission, producing minutes, agendas and workplans in accessible format 
  • SNPF works closely with H&F Learning Disability Partnership on the Big Plan, dealing with choice and control, transport, housing, employment and health, and informing service development
  • Safe Places is being launched
  • SNPF attends Healthwatch meetings, discussing patient participant groups
  • Four SNPF members spoke at job workshops to 13 to 25-year-olds at H&F Mencap, relating their own journey into paid work, and future career plans. Working with youth groups lets SNPF members share life experiences, with feedback indicating youth groups felt suitably inspired 

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