News & Events News Our Top 5 Highlights of 2018 With so many achievements throughout last year, it was difficult to choose a favourite, after a lot of thought and effort, we have listed our top 5 highlights of 2018. Check them out below: 1. Children and Young People’s Services Expands We are very proud to have seen how our Children and Young People’s Services have expanded amazingly throughout 2018. The team have made some amazing progress by introducing some exciting new clubs to engage with our members. These new clubs include Drama Llamas for members who are interested in acting, dancing, singing and performing arts, Go Wild for members who want outdoor adventures and B-Active for those who enjoy sports. The quality of our services have been so high, that we are also in discussion with Hillingdon about extending our services there. We were also delighted to see the team host their first ever Christmas party which we all enjoyed. It was amazing to see around 200 people including our members and their families attend the outstanding Christmas extravaganza, we can’t wait for the next one. 2. Advocacy Team Wins 3 New Contracts Last year our Advocacy team won three exciting new contracts from the Local Authority. Harrow Council encouraged us to apply for these after seeing how successfully we provided Harrow with Care Act Advocacy since 2015. Since we won the new contracts last April, our Advocates now provide Children and Young People’s Advocacy support for people aged 7-25 and parents including people with complex learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs in the child protection processes. We are also providing Independent Health Complaints Advocacy for anyone in Harrow who is unhappy with NHS treatment they have had and who want to make a formal complaint about it but need the support to do so. Lastly, our team also won a contract to provide Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) supporting people who lack capacity to make decisions about where they live and any medical treatment they may need. Last year was an exciting time for our advocates who have been incredibly busy delivering on these new contracts, we are looking forward to seeing them achieve more and more in 2019. 3. National Democracy Week Awards Last July we were honoured by coming runner up in the National Democracy Week Awards for our work supporting people with learning disabilities and their families to have a stronger voice in politics. We were recognised for our engagement with a variety of politicians and our work involving people with learning disabilities in the voting process in a meaningful way. We are looking forward to building on these successes and continuing to host MP visits, forums on local and national issues and events around Brexit in the coming year. 4. Connecting Communities at the London Mayoral Awards Our Connecting Communities team came runner up at the London Mayoral Awards for all their hard work in bringing people together locally last year. This was a great success and it shows that the outstanding achievements of our Connecting Communities programme in Harrow have been recognised by the Mayor of London. We are looking forward to seeing our Connecting Communities events continue to bring people together in 2019. 5. 2019 West London Business Awards Nomination Last year we were delighted to have been shortlisted for the Health and Wellbeing Business of the Year category in the 2019 West London Business Awards. We are competing with two other organisations for the title and are looking forward to finding out the results at the ceremony on Friday the 8th of February. This is a huge milestone for us as it recognises Harrow Mencap as one of the top three health and wellbeing organisations across the seven boroughs of West London.