New structure brings membership boost for Mencap

Mencap has adopted a new governance structure that will see its membership increase 20-fold.

Under the new structure, members of the disability charity’s 1,000 affiliated groups will automatically become members of Mencap, boosting its membership from the current level of 14,000 to about 300,000.

The charity will be organised into nine regional committees that will each consist of two representatives – one person with learning difficulties and one without. The representatives on each committee, who will be elected by districts in the region, will discuss policies, coordinate campaigns and support the work of the districts.

Mencap said the new arrangements would replicate the existing structure of the charity in Northern Ireland and Wales.

Jill Tombs, director of human resources and governance at Mencap, said the new structure would make the organisation “more inclusive”.

She added that the charity would widen the “pool of potential trustees” by increasing the size of its membership.

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