Local AM Welcomes  About Turn on Funding Mencap Cymru’s Helpline

Assembly Member for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay, supported calls for help from Mencap Cymru last month, following news that the Welsh Government was no longer willing to fund the Wales Learning Disability Helpline established in Wales in 1999.

The helpline provides a crucial lifeline to some of Wales's 64,000 citizens with a learning disability and their families to help them access support, information and advice.

Nick wrote last month to Julie Morgan AM, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, requesting that the decision to end funding be reconsidered.

Speaking today Nick said: “I was delighted to receive a letter today from Julie Morgan AM which advised that “following discussions with Mencap Cymru about continuing the helpline, we have made an offer of funding. The arrangements are to be confirmed through a grant award letter.””

Nick added: “I am particularly interested in this issue as I work closely with Sue Nicholson, Chair of Trustees, and all her team at Chepstow & District Mencap. I know that like me, they will be hoping the grant award will be sufficient to enable Mencap Cymru to continue to operate its valuable helpline which supports so many vulnerable people and their families across Wales.”