Sale & Altrincham Mencap Society for Mentally Handicapped Children was founded in 1957 by a group of local families in the days when learning disabled children had no schooling and very few services.

The idea was to support each other and press the authorities for recognition and assistance. It must be remembered that in those days most of the children were sent to long stay hospitals for the mentally handicapped. For those families who opted to keep their children at home, it was a terrible struggle made worse by their non acceptance by the public.

The Society flourished and in the 1960s they built and managed the original Rowanside building. Rowanside was primarily a residential unit which catered for eighteen residents and later the numbers increased to twenty five.

During the mid 1990’s the society began to develop smaller residential services for the Rowanside residents based upon the ‘Care in the Community’ reforms of the Government at the time. These services are now managed by independent providers.

More recently the Society has been supported through the Big Lottery Reaching Communities programme. This funding has enabled the society to transition successfully between our previous focus of residential living towards working within the community.

This community work started with The Sale & Altrincham Mencap Impact Project (SAMI) in 2010. That project supported over 80 beneficiaries to build their confidence and self esteem through a programme of individual and group support led by two community mentors.

The project provided a vital outreach service giving individuals advice on issues such as housing, welfare, health and social needs. The project ran a series of workshops and supported individuals to take part in a number of community activities which in turn has helped people develop confidence, gain skills and enjoy taking part in community events. The project gave people facing disability the knowledge and experience to realise their full potential and live as independently as possible.

2012 saw the society undertake a considerable refurbishment of our base, ‘The Rowans’ spending in access of £200,000 to make the building fully accessible and fit for the purposes of providing our members with a venue of outstanding quality in which we hope to deliver many more activities. We are particularly pleased to be able to accommodate service-users with more complex needs now that we have accessible toilets and extremely good changing facilities

Building on the success of the SAMI project the Society approached the Big Lottery once again……

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