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Welcome to Harpenden Mencap

Harpenden Mencap has been providing services to people with a learning disability since 1959.  It is a local independent charity that is affiliated to Royal Mencap; however, we are a self-funding organisation.

The organisation provides services to people with a learning disability within the Harpenden and local district.

We have three residential homes providing long-term care to 13 people, and we provide support to 14 people living more independently.

We run a charity shop where we support people learning new employment skills, and any monies raised go back into funding this facility as well as leisure opportunities.



Our Values

We believe that anyone receiving a service from us should:
  1. be given the opportunity, support, information and encouragement to:
    • take part in everyday community activities,
    • make and maintain valued relationships,
    • make choices about their lifestyles;
  2. be protected from abuse of any kind;
  3. be treated with dignity and respect;
  4. have the right to know who holds information about them and to expect that any information will only be shared with those who need to know in order to care for, support or protect them;
  5. be treated as an individual;
  6. have their religious, cultural and lifestyle needs met.

Click here to read about the history of Harpenden Mencap.


Care Quality Commission Inspection Reports

The Care Quality Commission recently carried out an unannounced inspection of both our supported living and adult residential services.    


Overall rating is Good

Summary Residential Services Report

Residential Services Report


Supported Living Inspection Report


Domiciliary Service Inspection Report


Job Vacancies

  • Are you looking to become a Support Worker?
  • Are you interested in empowering adults with learning disabilities to lead as independent a life as possible both at home and in their local community?
  • Are you already qualified and working in the care work field?
  • Or are you looking to spend some time in a caring environment?

If so, then we’d like to hear from you.

Here at Harpenden Mencap we understand that our workforce is crucial to our aim of providing people with care of the highest standards. We offer our staff good training and development, support, supervision, private healthcare and a generous annual leave package.


Applications are invited for:

1. FULL TIME TEAM SENIOR SUPPORT WORKER  - Adult Residential Services (Ref: TSSWAR)

(148 hours per 4 weeks)

Salary: From Scale SP18     £17,992    

NB.  ESSENTIAL requirement for Senior Support Worker post - NVQ Level Three or equivalent



- Adult Residential Services (Ref: SWARFT)

- Supported Living Services (Ref: SWSLFT)

(148 hours per 4 weeks)

Salary: From Scale SP12     £15,837     



- Adult Residential Services (Ref: SWARPT)

- Supported Living Services (Ref: SWSLPT)

(Various different hours, to fit in with residents/tenants and staff rotas)

Salary: From Scale SP12     £15,837 


4. PART TIME CASUAL SUPPORT WORKERS  - all different services (Ref: CasSW)

(ad hoc hours, to fit in with tenants, residents and staff rotas)

Salary: From   £7.20 + £0.87 per hour   (dependent on experience & qualifications)     


NB: All posts with Harpenden Mencap are subject to satisfactory references, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check and proof that applicants already have the right to live and work in the UK.


How to apply


Click on the links below for the Job Description and the Person Specification.

Click on  the Right to Work link for information about the right to work in the UK. 

Click on the Application Form link to download the application form.  You can fill this in and send it to Harpenden Mencap at "Stairways", 19 Douglas Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2EN.

If you have any queries about any of these positions, please  telephone 01582 460055 Ext: 9 and ask for Karen Stafford or Rachel Jones, quoting the reference of the post you are interested in.

Or e-mail us on mailto:karen.stafford@harpendenmencap.co.uk or rachel.jones@harpendenmencap.co.uk.

NB: Previous applicants need not apply.


Senior Support Worker Job Description

Senior Support Worker (Adult Residential) Person Specification

Support Worker (Adult Residential) Job Description

Support Worker (Adult Residential) Person Specification

Support Worker (Adult Supported Living Services) Job Description

Support Worker (Adult Supported Living Services) Person Specification

Casual Support Worker (Adult Residential) Job Description

Casual Support Worker (Adult Residential) Person Specification

Casual Support Worker (Adult Supported Living Services) Job Description

Casual Support Worker (Adult Supported Living Services) Person Specification

Casual Support Worker (Adult Domiciliary) Job Description

Casual Support Worker (Adult Domiciliary) Person Specification

Right to Work information

Application Form

Links and Contacts

Britannia Club
A fortnightly social club for people over 18
01582 460055

Dacorum Mencap

01442 247675

Earthworks St Albans
Work experience and training in horticultural and land-based skills for those with learning difficulties or mental health problems

01727 847311

Gateway Club
A weekly social club for those over 18
01582 621007

Harpenden Mencap Charity Shop
4, Grove Road, Southdown, Harpenden

01582 764274


HFE Signs Ltd.
Free fund-raising banner available to any charity, school or college

0845 3700 260

Learning Disability Helpline
0808 808 1111

Mencap Group Office

01582 560003


Passport to Leisure and Special Olympics
Activities and Sport for adults
01727 811084

Pre-school Opportunity Class
Batford Nursery School

01582 762274


Royal Mencap
The national website for the leading charity for people with a learning disability and their families

020 7454 0454

Social Services
Hertfordshire County Council

01438 737400

St Albans Mencap

Watford Mencap

01727 851472

01923 713620


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Registered Charity No. 1035252
A Company Limited by Guarantee, No.2903642 Registered in England and Wales.
Address: "Stairways", 19 Douglas Road, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2EN
Telephone: (01582) 460055 Extn.8
Email: office@harpendenmencap.co.uk
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