Ryedale & District Mencap to host drop-in session

Ryedale & District Mencap to host drop-in session

RYEDALE and District Mencap is holding a free drop-in session at the Milton Rooms in Malton on Saturday, April 6, from 10am to noon.

Josey Hall, Ryedale and District Mencap, co-ordinator, said: “The aim is to highlight what we do, raise awareness and hopefully gain some new service users and volunteers.

“Magic Mike will be there, as well as V our zumba instructor. We will also have craft activity tables and refreshments.

“It is a completely free community event and everyone is welcome.”

Josey added: “We are repeating the event with slightly different entertainment another three times through the year on June 1, August 31 and September 21.”

News story: Karen Darley – Gazette & Herald. To see the full story visit HERE

The Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge – Over £13,000 Raised!

The Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge – Over £13,000 Raised!

I’m writing to thank you for the phenomenal support and generous donations to Ryedale & District Mencap. I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of friends, colleagues and clients, and I’m delighted to announce that with everyone’s help, we have managed to raise over £13,000. These funds will be carefully used to impact those with disabilities in our local area. As an immediate direct impact, the charity has been able to increase the hours of Josey Hall (Activities Coordinator) in order to improve and expand the current services, and Ryedale Mencap will now be able to put on several events next year to raise awareness, find volunteers, and ultimately keep improving the lives of the people the charity works with.

I am quite conscious that we are all asked to donate/sponsor on a regular basis and it is not possible to help and support every request. With this in mind, I feel privileged to have such generosity and goodwill around me. Completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks was a wonderful experience, it was tough, a real challenge but I have to confess the weather was very kind. We started at 6.46am in  the dark, some of my friends were quick off the mark as we broke into groups and some finished within 8.5 – 9.5 hours.  Having hiked a further 3.5 miles uphill in the dark due to navigation mishap, I managed to complete the walk in 11 hours 53 minutes, just within the recommended 10 – 12 hours!

Once again thank you so much.

Kind Regards

James Szkiler


James’s Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

James’s Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Ryedale and District Mencap is a local charity dedicated to providing help, support and advice for adults and children with learning difficulties, their families and carers. Mencap, established 70 years ago is a leading charity influencing change and bringing better opportunities for the 1.4 million people who live with a learning disability in Britain. Mencap has been a charity close to my heart for many years. My elder sister Victoria is 36 years old and has the most common type of Down’s syndrome – Trisomy 21. There are three types of Down’s syndrome and they involve a huge range of ability levels and associated health issues. Victoria is a loving and happy lady with a disarming smile, but is profoundly affected by her disability. Charities like Mencap with the services and activities they provide are a very important part of her life.  Whether it be a Zumba class or Disco night, these activities play an important role in improving her quality of life. Ryedale Mencap need support in order to secure the charity’s long term future and ensure they can continue to provide these local services. The charity is currently limited to employing just one person for twenty hours per week and more hands-on support is urgently required. My company has assisted the charity by setting up a website so Ryedale Mencap now has a platform to raise local awareness. Earlier this month I was elected as Chairman and my plan is to help the charity grow, building a strong team in order to improve the range and scope of services Ryedale Mencap provides for local adults and children with learning difficulties.

Having done little fundraising in recent years, I felt it was right to demonstrate my commitment to Ryedale Mencap by taking a serious challenge. On the 18th November 2018 I will be walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks. The demanding route is over 24 miles, and includes 1585m of ascent and the challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, usually in this order and in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range and encircle the iconic Ribble Head in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. I’m expecting it to be extremely arduous with weather risks and lack of daylight later in the day. I do intend to train, but I must confess to a lack of experience for this sort of challenge, so I’ve asked some experienced friends/family to come along and join me. I hope they make the challenge more enjoyable but more importantly they will be assisting me in raising much needed funds. I would ask friends, clients, contacts, colleagues to give generously as an ambitious target has been put in place.

Here is the list of dedicated friends who have agreed to the hike so far;

Jim Holliday

Bob Horsman

Richard Horsman

Gary Lumb

Tim Sykes

Mike Francis

Romane Reeves

Stuart Parker

Richard Szkiler

David Antich

Nick Fenton

Robert Antich

Matt Crooks

Steven Lumley

Please follow the link to our JustGiving page. If you are able to donate, any amount would be greatly appreciated.


Ryedale Mencap attend Malton Show 2018

Ryedale Mencap attend Malton Show 2018


After attending last years show with Ryedale Special Families, this year we were lucky enough to secure a prominent pitch in the heart of the show. Not only did we raise some money, increase awareness but we also had a wonderful write up in the Gazette & Herald. As the local community is where we offer our service it is incredibly important that the public supports us. Thank you to everyone who visited our stand. We look forward to seeing you there next year.

Ryedale and District Mencap has launched a new website.

Ryedale and District Mencap has launched a new website.

By Karen Darley – The Press (York)

The site is being funded by Classic and Sports Car Centre, based in Malton.

Josey Hall, coordinator for Ryedale and District Mencap, said: “James Szkiler and the sales consultant Andrew Welham were instrumental in the website process offering not only essential funding, but also in bringing it all together for us for which we are very grateful.

“At Mencap we provide friendship, support, activities and trips for people with learning disabilities, their families and carers.

“We work closely with the staff at Malton’s Cauwood Day Centre and are a very friendly bunch always looking for new volunteers.”



Classic & Sportscar Centre work with Ryedale Mencap to create new website

Classic & Sportscar Centre work with Ryedale Mencap to create new website

Ryedale Mencap is delighted to announce our new eagerly anticipated website. The committee has been working closely with Malton based Company, Classic & Sportscar Centre and their sister Company Malton Coachworks to create the site.

Web designer Alex has been working hard to create a website which is capable of taking donations and keeping people far and wide, updated on current and future plans and projects.

Now that we have a presence on the world wide web, we are looking forward to the next chapter in the charity’s already long-established history. We are delighted with the overall look, and the easy to use features. We would love your feedback or queries.

if you would like to get in touch then please don’t hesitate to ‘contact us’ on our new email: contact@ryedalemencap.com.

New Activity Organiser joins the team

New Activity Organiser joins the team

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Activity Organiser, Josey Hall from Newton upon Rawcliffe. We held the interviews with some magnificent applicants and were faced with a difficult decision but feel that Josey will fit in very well.

We wish Josey all the best with Ryedale & District Mencap and feel sure you will all enjoy meeting her. Our thanks are due to Pat Anderson (not for the first time in between appointments) and chair, Sylvian Timberley for helping us through a difficult time.

Ryedale Mencap Attend Malton Show 2017

Ryedale Mencap Attend Malton Show 2017

Ryedale Mencap attended Malton Show with Ryedale Special Families. Malton Show is a long established institute and synonymous with the local community. The weather was particularly nice and we feel we had an impact on raising awareness within the area.

We also received many kind donations. After the success of this year we would love the opportunity to be a part of it in 2018.