Based in Oldham, Pennine Mencap provide opportunities for adults with learning disabilities, autism and multiple complex needs, to create, achieve and express themselves.

Established in 2012, they have come a long way from their humble beginnings in a small, windowless storage room with plenty of potential but not a lot of resources. It was only through listening to the feedback of their service users that they were able to develop in the facilities and opportunities they provide.

Those supported almost all depend on routine to maintain their general health and mental wellbeing. The group now provide a variety of regular activities that allows attendees to develop skills that bring positive changes to their everyday lives, as well as helping them connect to the community and wider world.

There is a unique disability-led theatre group, a choir, ‘Cooking with Confidence’ classes, ‘Books Together’ book club and their Friday Night Club where members can come and enjoy themselves.

One of their members, Adam, has a moderate learning difficult and severe issues with his short-term memory and was socially isolated, depressed and inactive. He initially began attending the Friday Night Club where he seemed comfortable but very quiet. He was encouraged to attend the theatre group and suddenly his confidence blossomed, and the full extent of this Adam’s lively personality emerged.

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The ability of local community groups and organisations to best help people in their community remains dependant on maintaining support for them.

To find out more about how you can get support Forever Manchester please email us at or telephone on 0161 214 0940.

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Date added: 17th December 2022