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Project information

Help us buy our home

We want to buy our building, call it our home, revive and adapt it so all our children and young people who have severe physical and learning disabilities can have a safe place to play and learn.
We want to create a safe and creative environment where real friendships can be made and enjoyed.

January 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: Eden Mencap Society

Eden Mencap Society logo
  • Need


    We have moved 3 times in the last 10 years, this upheaval is upsetting and causes anxiety and loss.
    We have to rent premises via a lease and when this expires we have to move on. Leased premises don't have the right facilities for those we support, people are disadvantaged and have to 'make do' We cant get grants to update the buildings to make things better - such as a accessible bathroom, because the building is owned by a landlord.


    When we raise the funds we can buy the building, we can make it accessible, we can add a new bathroom and add hoists so that our physically disabled children and young people can use it and spend more time here with their friends.
    We can call it our home, we can attract grants to help us modernise and upgrade lots of outdated and worn out areas.
    We wont have to move ever again, we will feel safe and secure, we will be able to use the building more and more. We can ensure continuity and relax.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To buy our building


    » We are planning many fundraising activities to raise the awareness. We are starting with a buy a brick campaign. We will add more ideas soon.

    What success will look like

    We will purchase the freehold and secure our future.

  • Impact


    We will have a home for ever, we wont have to have the upheaval and stress of moving and re-locating.
    Those we support will have a firm base where they can grow and develop, we can expand our opening hours. We will be able to use our building in many new ways, we will be able to support more people with severe disabilities.
    We want our service users to operate their own building decide what we offer and have a firm base for growth and development for the rest of their lives.


    Our major risk is the building being sold and that we will have to move again. We have a town centre base, we want to be in the heart of the community, not hidden away. There are very few buildings in the centre that we could occupy due the needs of those we support.
    We have secured a 5 year lease (ends 2019) .


    We have very good support from our local paper and media. We will have news stories on the BBC and ITV as well as newspaper coverage across the whole of our region.
    We work with local suppliers and donators and keep daily updates on our Facebook pages.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £200,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £165,000 purchase building
      £35,000 fees associated costs and legals

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    legacy donation £750 Guaranteed
    buisness donation £300 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Ullswater House, Duke Street, Penrith. Cumbria. CA11 7LY


    Children, young people and adults who have learning disabilities and physical disabilities will directly benefit.
    Their parents and carers will also benefit from additional respite time and a more settled and contented relative.
    The local community will benefit through more interaction and spending as those supported become more confident in their local community.
    The local community will benefit through a greater understanding and presence of learning disability reducing the associated stigma.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Eden Mencap have been supporting the local community for 30 years and is well respected. No other disability provider has a town base. We have the foresight and passion to create a home.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jacqui Taylor

    Chief Officer Jacqui leads the organisation and has been in post over 10 years, growing and developing the organisation to its current level

    Jennie Sutton

    Chair of the Board of Trustees. Jennie heads up the organisation and is passionate about having our own home for the future.