Author Archives: kathrynlkelly

October 30

Swimming, job clubs, gardening & carols!

Hello everyone – it has been a little while since I have blogged, so lots to fill you in on! Mencap Swim Firstly – swimming a mile in Dorney Lake for Mencap went really well! Dominic, Helen and myself plus another 60ish swimmers took to the lake during a really fun morning. A big thank […]

September 11

I Am Me

So, I’ve realised that I really should fit in some open water swimming training for the Mencap Swim which is a week on Sunday…however, it needs a fair amount of motivation to jump in a cold dark lake now that the weather has turned autumnal here in London! I found the poem below really inspiring […]

August 20

Learning Disability Week!

This week is Learning Disability week, an annual awareness-raising campaign organised by Mencap. Mencap is celebrating people with a learning disability, their families and supporters by asking the question: Who is your real-life superhero? There are lots of stories of strength, courage and achievement being shared… Tom is dad to Rosie and has written a […]

August 20

Roaming to Rochdale

So it has been a while since I’ve blogged but I’ve been busy! The fundraising team I am part of have been visiting Mencap’s services and sharing what we learnt. My highlight was a visit to Cottonfold Community Garden Project, in Rochdale. One of the many things that Mencap does is provides support services for adults with […]

July 26


I can’t quite believe a month has gone past already! I have mostly been listening (and writing lots of notes!). Learning about learning disability. Learning about charity structure and fundraising (so many more elements to this than I thought!). I love the way a whole world of information is opening up around me – when […]

July 09

What is a learning disability?

I’ve been at Mencap for two weeks now, absorbing as much information as I can! There’s a huge range of work that Mencap does to support thousands of people with a learning disability. 1.4 million people in the UK have a learning disability. That’s a lot. Many people don’t really understand what a learning disability is […]

June 15

Getting ready for a change!

Welcome to my first (ever!) blog as part of Pulse, GlaxoSmithKline’s skills-based volunteering partnership. I’m finishing off and handing over the last bits my work for my usual role at GSK and getting setup for my time on Pulse assignment at UK charity, Mencap. The Pulse program’s tagline is “Be the change” and I’ll be […]