Information for parents of young people aged 16+

24th April 2014

  • The Sharing Caring Project at Mencap is running several information sessions about the legal aspects of caring, as well as a number of transition clinics. The information sessions are aimed at all family carers of people with a learning disability and/or autism aged 16 and over, while the transition clinics are specifically for parents of young people approaching adulthood.

    Wills and Trusts

    1 May 2014, 6.30-8.30pm AND
    18 June 2014, 10.30am-12.30pm
    Young adults may be required to pay a personal contribution towards social care services they receive, depending on their income and savings. It can therefore be a good idea for parents to make a will and set up a discretionary trust for their young person. This enables parents, grandparents and other family members to leave money to the young person without affecting their entitlement to state support. This session will cover discretionary trusts, choosing trustees, safeguarding income, legal obligations and more.

    Deputyship and the Court of Protection

    30 April 2014, 10.30am-12.30pm AND
    16 May 2014, 10.30am-12.30pm
    A deputy is someone appointed by the Court of Protection to manage the financial affairs or welfare of a person who is unable to do so on their own. Find out how to apply for deputyship for your young person, and what this role entails.

    Mental Capacity Act

    8 May 2014, 12.15-2.15pm AND
    8 May 2014, 6-8pm
    The Mental Capacity Act affects decision-making for all people over 16 years who are unable to make some or all decisions for themselves. For example, where the person should live, what services they need, consent to medical treatment, etc. Find out how Mental Capacity Act relates to people with learning disabilities and/or autism and their carers, who can take decisions, when and how.

    Transition Clinics

    These clinics are aimed at parents of young people with learning disabilities/autism who are approaching transition to adult services (aged 16+). There will be four sessions during the summer term: two in the evening (3 April and 5 June, both 6.30-9pm) and two during the day (9 April and 4 June, both 10am-1pm).

    All sessions will take place at Sheffield Mencap & Gateway, Norfolk Lodge, Park Grange Road. For more information and to book your place, please contact the Sharing Caring Project on 0114 275 8879 or email