2016 is the 30th Anniversary for Eden Mencap Society (EMS). Although we cannot pinpoint the exact day or month the society was established, our old records do indicate that 1986 is the year that our services began.
Jacqui Taylor, Chief Officer of EMS stated “We have come a long way since those early days of providing support to a few children with learning disabilities. The range of services we provide today, our standard of operations and the number of staff we have, has expanded along with the quantity of people we support. It is good to know that our passion and commitment has allowed us to overcome a range of challenges over the years. While we are proud of our historical achievements we are looking forward to improving on them in the future.”
The Society moved into their current premises in January 2015 in the heart of Penrith – Ullswater House, Duke Street. It marked a new era for the charity as it provides a more suitable environment. Service users are flourishing in the extra space the building provides.
Jacqui continued “Our focus since moving in was on raising the funds to upgrade the facilities to meet the more specialist needs of some of our clients. However, it became evident that unless we owned the property or had a much longer lease on the building, applying for grants was harder and in some cases impossible.”
This has led Eden Mencap’s Board of Trustees to announce that to celebrate the Society’s 30th Anniversary a campaign to ‘Help Us Buy Our Home’ is to be launched. The goal is to plan activities to mark the anniversary on the 30th of each month, or in the case of February, on the 29th.
Jennie Sutton, Chair of the Board of Trustees, enthused “This is a very special year for us and we hope that our plans inspire the local community and groups to support our worthy campaign. If we can achieve our goal, it will put us in a stronger position to obtain the additional funding we need to transfer Ulswater House into a modern facility. This will ensure that the Society will be able to continue to provide excellent support for many more years to come.”