Mencap's Inspirational Young People

Mencap's Inspire Me programme helps Young People with learning disabilities take steps towards independence.

Young people recently celebrated the completion of a City and Guilds accredited ‘Managing Personal Finance’ course . The course has improved their money skills which will help them to live more independently.

The group from Netherhall Learning Campus in Huddersfield took part in a project called Inspire Me, set up by Mencap and ENABLE Scotland to support 25,000 young people with a learning disability aged 14-25 across the UK.

About Inspire Me

Inspire Me is funded by The Co-operative Charity of the Year partnership which has raised over £7 million for young people with a learning disability. Young people with learning disabilities are twice as likely not to be engaged in education, employment or training as those without. The Inspire Me project provides activities and training that give young people with a learning disability the chance to learn new skills and to build their confidence. 

What did the young people learn?

Young people from the school took part in the course and learned about the importance of budgeting, the differences between essential and non essential purchases, the potential consequences of overspending as well as the potential dangers of borrowing from pay day loans and credit card companies.   

Inspire Me worked with previous Year 11 students at the school earlier in the year and it was current Year 9 and 10 student’s turn to take part in the project. Charlene Robson, the youth coordinator for the Inspire Me project in Yorkshire explained:

“Returning to the school was a great experience and I feel very privileged to have worked with new students. Managing finances can be a challenging subject but the group did not let this discourage them. Their hard work and determination is an inspiration. It is so important to provide young people with the tools to improve their skills and confidence with money management, which Inspire Me does in a unique and fun way”.  

Matthew Mallinson, a year 10 student who took part in the course, has explained his experience:

“I really enjoyed the course, everything about it really. Activities were fun, especially the taste test where we compared tastes and prices of branded food to supermarket own brands. It will help me manage my money in the future. I know I can spend my money on essential things that I need first and not just on non essential things that I want”. 

Find out more

The group are looking forward to celebrating what should be a fantastic reward for all of their hard work; a certificate in Employability and Personal Development from City and Guilds. If you would like to find out more about Inspire Me or refer a young person contact Charlene Robson – Yorkshire & Humberside Youth Coordinator, at or call 07432 694 462.