Heart of England Mencap is a social business with a charitable purpose. We are passionate about enabling and empowering people with a learning disability to live their best life, finding the most appropriate ways to support people, as individuals, helping them to live the life they choose and focusing on what an individual can do, rather than their disability. 

The support services we deliver are based across South Warwickshire and Worcestershire, with the emphasis on enabling independence –  whilst recognising the realities of the support people need. We aim to ensure that all the people we support have a say in: 

 – where they live

 – whom they live with

 – who supports them

 – how they spend their time 

Our range of services includes supporting people within their own home, or in one of our own properties. To support and encourage community engagement and involvement people can attend one of our community-based day opportunity settings, where we encourage our customers to further enrich their lives through education, life skills, leisure, and a range of social activities. Being part of the community is critical for the well-being of the people we support. 

We also provide short break settings in a number of locations, where we offer the opportunity to develop transitional skills, as young people move into adulthood and need the chance to live away from home and develop independence. These services also provide the opportunity for a much-needed holiday and break – both for the carer and for the individual needing care. 

Our approach is to help people to live their best lives – ensuring customer safety and security, whilst encouraging customers to develop independent living skills and lead an active social life, with the reassurance of highly sensitive and person-centred support always being available when it’s needed. 

Heart of England Mencap is affiliated to the national charity Mencap but operates as an independent registered charity.

Robert Pearce Chair

Helena Wallis Chief Executive

Why Heart of England Mencap is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

Having taken part in Boardroom Apprentice 2023 and found it a valuable experience for our organisation and board of trustees we would love the opportunity to have more boardroom apprentices join us in 2024. 

It is important to our board to hear the views and opinions of a wide range of voices and to place value on the perspectives of others. Further to this, taking the time to reflect on our processes and share these practices with others to continue building stronger boards in the charity sector is, we believe, the best way to continue to grow and progress to best meet the needs of those we support.

We believe we have the right environment to welcome a Boardroom Apprentice and to support their individual aspirations and development through guidance, participation, learning, coaching and collaboration and have a committed Executive team that will also contribute to this support. 

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Stratford-upon-Avon and Online

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board meetings hosted quarterly 9-3 in person.

Sub-committees hosted quarterly for 2 hours, generally in the morning online.

Additional ad-hoc meeting would be held on Teams.

Date of Board Meetings (January 2024 – December 2024)

27th February 9- 3pm

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (January 2024 – December 2024)