Learning disabilities charity Mencap has received a £400,000 donation in response to its coronavirus appeal.
The charity said the donation from Advent International, a private equity firm, will help it to provide support for people with learning disabilities during the pandemic and empower people to rebuild their lives after the crisis.
Charities are facing an uncertain future as the UK’s charity sector could lose billions of pounds in income at a time when they are facing increased pressures on their services.
Giving evidence to a government select committee in March, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) said it would usually expect charities to generate an income of £12.5 billion in the next quarter.
But NCVO’s chief executive, Karl Wilding, said losses for the sector during the crisis could “be in the region of £4 billion”.
Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, Mencap has taken on significant new financial costs, related to PPE and staffing, to continue to deliver its social care support.
Commenting on the latest donation, Edel Harris, chief executive of Mencap, said: “We are incredibly grateful for Advent International’s generous donation to our urgent appeal and our supported employment programme. Our extraordinary support workers and helpline team are working extremely hard to support the 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK and their families.
“They will need our support not just today but for many years to come. That’s why we are delighted that Advent International has donated to our supported employment programme, which will help empower more people with a learning disability to build independent lives by supporting them into paid work. We look forward to working with Advent International to help more people with a learning disability achieve their dreams.”
James Brocklebank, a managing partner at Advent International, said: “The work Mencap is doing to support the lives of the 1.5 million people in the UK who have a learning disability is invaluable, particularly during this exceptionally challenging time. We are incredibly proud to support Mencap and specifically the employment project, which has the potential to empower so many people and change their lives for the better.”