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By Heart of England Mencap, Mar 19 2018 03:24PM


THERE will be a chance to enjoy a cuppa and cake in the comfort of your pyjamas later this month – and all to raise money to support World Autism Awareness Week.


Heart of England Mencap – the local charity supporting people with learning disabilities – will host the Pyjama Day and Coffee Morning on Wednesday March 28th.


It will take place at Pathway – Heart of England Mencap’s day activity service – at 5 Church Green, Atherstone-on-Stour, just outside Stratford, between 10.30am and 12.30pm.


The event – open to customers, families, staff and supporters – is all to raise awareness and funds during World Autism Week, which runs from March 26th to April 2nd.


Organised by the National Autistic Society, it’s a week where schools, workplaces, families and friends from all over the UK take part in activities to raise money and awareness for autism, a condition affecting 700,000 people nationally.


Katie Berry, Activities Coordinator for Heart of England Mencap, devised the local fundraiser.


She says: “Autism affects so many people, including many of the people we support, but while we’ve come a long way in raising awareness, there’s still more to be done. That’s why we want to support Autism Week and raise money to help the National Autistic Society to continue raising awareness and providing support – and it’s really important we enable our customers to show their support too. Everybody is welcome to come and join us – the more in their pyjamas the merrier!”


Photo: Pulling on their PJs – (left to right) Jo Watson, Amy Patterson and Katie Berry from Heart of England Mencap.



By Heart of England Mencap, Feb 9 2018 12:15PM


GREEN tokens have signalled a green light for adaptive rowing sessions for local people with learning disabilities.


Waitrose has presented a cheque for £375 to Heart of England Mencap – money raised through the green token scheme at its store at the Rosebird Centre in Stratford.


It will be used to fund an adaptive rowing course for the local people with learning disabilities which Heart of England Mencap supports.


Run by Stratford Boat Club, the adaptive rowing sessions will take place on the River Avon in Stratford later this year. They enable individuals with disabilities to get out on the river – using boat stabilisers and other adapted equipment.


Kate Buttrick, Activities Coordinator for Heart of England Mencap, said: “Adaptive rowing is an activity our customers have had the opportunity to experience before, and gained so much from. We’re so grateful to Waitrose and to all of the shoppers who put their green tokens in our collection box. This money will now enable us to further our rowing programme, and to offer the opportunity to more customers. There are so many benefits, from the physical aspects to the new skills and confidence it brings. And there’s a huge amount of enjoyment too.”


David Reid, Store Manager of Waitrose in Stratford, added: “It’s great to see how the Waitrose Community Matters scheme is able to help local people across the community and lovely to hear how much enjoyment Heart of England Mencap customers will get out of adapted rowing this summer.”


By Heart of England Mencap, Jan 24 2018 02:53PM


THE DESIGN talents of a local lady with a learning disability will be seen by people across Warwickshire after she won a competition to create a new quality assurance mark.


Mo Potter attends Heart of England Mencap’s day service in Warwick – Mencap Pathway.


Warwickshire County Council invited Pathway customers – along with care service users across the county – to design a new mark to represent its Peer Review Programme.


The programme is part of Warwickshire County Council’s new Quality Assurance model, and helps us to make sure services are providing high quality care and support by using peer reviewers to visit service providers and talk to customers.


Now, Mo’s mark, featuring a colourful eye design, will appear on all Peer Review documents and correspondence and be used on Participation Mark certificates given to any service provider, like Heart of England Mencap, which agrees to be part of the Peer Review programme.


Jayne Barrow, Commissioning Intelligence Manager for Quality at Warwickshire County Council, visited Pathway at WarwickSpace to tell Mo that she had won the design competition and present her with flowers, chocolates and Hobbycraft vouchers for the group to spend.


“We just thought Mo’s design was excellent,” she said.


“It is so eye-catching and creative and will make a great badge for our Peer Review Programme.”


Helena Wallis, Chief Executive for Heart of England Mencap, added: “We’re all so impressed with the mark Mo has created – a real ‘watching eye’ looking for excellence, something we are committed to providing across our services. Mo clearly has a real talent for art and design – she has also designed our charity Christmas cards in the past.”


Winning design – Mo Potter (front) with (left to right) Olivia Cooper, Quality Assurance Operations Manager at Warwickshire County Council (holding Mo’s design), Jayne Barrow, Commissioning Intelligence Manager for Quality at Warwickshire County Council, Shivorne Poole, Activities Coordinator at Pathway in Warwick and Helena Wallis, Chief Executive of Heart of England Mencap.

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