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This is what people said about us when we asked:
“Why is Leighton Buzzard Mencap important to you?”


Leighton Buzzard Mencap was founded in 1968 by Rex and Anne Watson. They had a daughter, Sarah, who has Down Syndrome. but they found that there was no local support. So they started with an Opportunity Group for under 5’s and their parents. Over the years Leighton Buzzard Mencap has grown into five distinct groups:

Opportunity Group
High 5s
Holiday Club
18+ Activity Group
Outreach programme in Luxor Egypt

We are affiliated to Royal Mencap and are run entirely on a voluntary basis and our dependant on external contributions. Our committee is chaired by Gaye Beattie. We aim to provide support and opportunities to those with learning disabilities and their families locally.