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60 Years, 60 Stories

As part of our celebrations for our 60th Anniversary we have collected 60 individual stories to describe and record the diverse nature and history of our community. A story for each of our 60 years.

All our stories come from service users, volunteers, trustees, staff and many others who have been involved with Harpenden Mencap over the 60years.

Over the last 60 years we have achieved so much. Residential services for younger and older residents have been built, social groups have been setup, fairs and jumble sales, golf days, cake stalls and all sorts of events have raised money, our shop has thrived, research papers have been written, community links established and a proud and trusted reputation for high standards has been recognised. And so much more.

All these achievements have come from the hard work and determination of many, many people who had a vision to provide and promote services and equality for our people who have learning disabilities. 

All of these stories are part of our Harpenden Mencap history and we've put them together to share on this site and allow others to read them and hear what Harpenden Mencap is all about.  

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  • 06/09/19

    Story 31

          Rachel who has been working with us 21 years within administration roles, provides this weeks amazing story.      
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  • 30/08/19

    Story 30

          Margot, a care worker at Stairways, wrote to us about her time working in one of the residential flats.    
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  • 23/08/19

    Story 29

          This week Features Anne, a current trustee and the person orgainisng and publishing the 60 stories on behalf of Harpenden Mencap     
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  • 16/08/19

    Story 28

            This week features a story from one of our tenants in the Supported Living Service- Ed
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  • 09/08/19

    Story 27

          This week features a joint story from two service users at Pine Court- Dan and Jenny (for those that know then, they would, of course, complete a story together).      
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  • 02/08/19

    Stories 22-26

    This week features the Charity shop and all those who volunteer their time to support us.
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  • 26/07/19

    Stories 20-21

          This week features John Kitching, a previous trustee and father of a service user, plus Max, who receives support from our Supported Living Service.
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  • 19/07/19

    Story 19

          One of our Current Trustees, Derek, features this week. this is what he had to say: 
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  • 12/07/19

    Stories 17-18

          This week features a stories from Karen, Director of Services and Alison, a service user that has been supported by Harpenden Mencap since 1982  
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  • 05/07/19

    Stories 15-16

          A story from the current manager of Residential Services and one service user who have both been Harpenden Mencap for a long time.      
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  • 28/06/19

    Stories 13-14

            One Story from our Charity Shop and the other from a member of staff at Stairways      
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  • 21/06/19

    Stories 9-12

          A week dedicated to one of the flats in Residential services     
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