The Mencap community summer schemes have been operating throughout Northern Ireland for almost 20 years. The aim of the summer scheme is two-fold:
- to support children with a learning disability to participate in summer schemes in their local community and secondly
- to provide families/carers with respite when their children at the schemes.
Mencap facilitates this inclusive provision by providing additional staff to support children with a learning disability and by providing information and support to mainstream summer scheme providers.
Were this need has been identified Mencap have delivered provision through the self-programming and out and about schemes.
Mencap works in partnership with local with Health & Social Care Trusts to provide summer provision for children identified by Children’s Disability Teams in their local area.