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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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  • 06/02/20

    Stories 52-53

          This week we have a story from our previous fundraising and Events Coordinator Natalie as a story from the fundraising team.
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  • 13/01/20

    Story 51

          This week features a story about our hugely successful Annual Golf Day, written by an organiser of the event- Matthew Hignell
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  • 30/12/19

    Stories 49-50

          This week features stories from staff working in the Supported Living Service. One member of staff was raising money for the charity, the other celebrating a wonderful accomplishment of a service user. 
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  • 20/12/19

    Stories 47-48

          Two great stories feature this week, one about our publicity day on the concourse and the other about the planning and construction of Pine Court
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  • 13/12/19

    Stories 45-46

          Siobhan a Support Worker from Residential Services and Rachel, a volunteer from our shop provide their lovely stories this week.
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  • 06/12/19

    Story 44

          Our Story for this week comes from Special Olympics, They provide sporting opportunities for those with a learning disability . 
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  • 29/11/19

    Stories 42-43

          Two stories from Britannia club feature this week. It looks like great fun! 
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  • 22/11/19

    Story 41

          Debbie Bulling tells her story as Chairman of  a prior service- Junior Harpenden Mencap
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  • 15/11/19

    Story 40

          Nyssa from Pine Court tells us about her Journey with Harpenden Mencap.
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  • 08/11/19

    Story 39

          This features the story of the manager at our Charity shop who has been working with us for almost 30 years.  
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  • 01/11/19

    Story 38

          This weeks story comes from Ken Gee, Sadly he passed away 18th July 2019. He will always be remembered fondly by those of us here at Harpenden Mencap.    
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  • 25/10/19

    Story 37

          This week features our Finance Manager- Dipika.     
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