A new report highlights hidden challenges pushing informal, family carers of people with conditions such as Down’s syndrome to breaking point. Article dated Thursday 28 November 2019

Increasing numbers of older family carers, some in their 80s and 90s, are providing care to support adult children with severe learning disabilities or autism, according to a significant new report published today (Wednesday 20 November 2019).

The report – 'Confronting a looming crisis’, from Professor Rachel Forrester-Jones at the University of Bath for New Forest Mencap – highlights severe strains placed on families as a result of our ageing population. It suggests much greater support is needed to help them cope.

New Forest Mencap will be organising a workshop in the New Year for parents and carers to work on suggestions and fixes to the issues which are current for them and their loved ones with learning disabilities regarding local authority services and support. 

In the meantime, if you would like to let them know of any suggestions for doing things differently for your loved ones with learning disabilities, please contact: Jackie Lillywhite, Development Officer via

Email to [email protected] or

Phone to 01425 621893

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