Mencap’s Winterbourne View campaign
It’s now been ten years since the Winterbourne View scandal that uncovered the abuse of people with learning disabilities and autism at a residential care facility near Bristol. At the time, the Government made a commitment to move away from providing care through inpatient facilities like this in favour of community-based support. However, the learning disability charity Mencap estimates that 2000 people with learning disabilities and autism are still receiving care in this sort of setting and they have launched a campaign urging the Government to publish an action plan setting out how improvements are going to be made.
If you’d like to support Mencap’s campaign, visit www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-mencap/governments-broken-promise-transform-care to learn more and complete an online letter to your MP.
You can also see an Easy Read version of the campaign at www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2021-05/2021.044%20Winterbourne%20View%20ONLINE%20EASY%20READ.pdf Our local self-advocacy group Speaking Up Together also has lots of information about how people can campaign for change - find out more at www.facebook.com/Speaking-Up-Together-Self-Advocacy-Beyond-Boundaries-101432075468360.