This course, Bedfordshire Mencap, enables you to hear some of the founding members of the Bedfordshire Mencap organization talk about how the organization was established and the wide range of support services it offers.
IntroductionA major pressure for change in the way that social welfare services were provided and organized in the latter half of the twentieth century came from the voluntary sector. In this course, you will hear from three generations of members of Bedford Mencap society, describing how they brought pressure to bear for more community facilities aimed at people with learning difficulties and their families. The audio clips were recorded in 2000. Participants in the audio clips:
- Brenda Nickson, founder member of the branch, whose son was born in 1955;
- Fay, a near-contemporary of Brenda's, who played a major role in getting holiday accommodation for the branch's members;
- Ann and Michael Tombs, in their fifties at the time of the recording, they have played a key role in Bedford Mencap for many years;
- Beryl, who has been a volunteer welfare visitor for many years;
- Kim, whose son was 16 at the time of the recording in 2000, and is one of the few younger people in the branch.
Course learning outcomesAfter studying this course, you should be able to:
- Understand that individuals can promote change
- Give examples of how the establishment of Bedfordshire Mencap has offered support to parents of children with learning difficulties.
- A history of Bedfordshire Mencap 00:05:00
- Pressure for Change 00:05:00
- Audio Activity 00:20:00
- Conclusion 00:05:00
About the instructor