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Welcome to Our FAQ Page!


The day is being hosted by Carrickfergus & District Senior Gateway Club, led by Thomas Haighton who initiated the event. A steering group has been created to help steer the event in the right direction!

The steering group consists of:

Thomas Haighton, Carrickfergus & District Senior Gateway Club/NHSCT

Christine Mulvenna, Mencap Northern Ireland.

Fiona Cole, Mencap Northern Ireland.

Rosalie Edge, Mencap Northern Ireland

Selina Allen, LEAD Inclusive Counseling

Lynsey June, Sense Northern Ireland

Pauline Brady, Kilcreggan Homes

Linda McCausland,Caring Breaks

Melissa Hanley, Positive-Futures


We believe it’s important to acknowledge the achievements and importance of everyone in society, and often people with a learning disability can be overlooked and miss out on opportunities due to lack of understanding of what learning disability means. We want to help raise awareness about what learning disability is, and how it doesn’t have to stop anyone from achieving their potential! We have teamed up with Mencap’s Here I am Campaign to deliver this event.


Learning Disability Pride. A day to bring those with a learning disability, their families, friends and supporting organisations together to celebrate their achievements and contributions to society. Learn about Learning Disability Pride Day 2017 and find out more.


Northern Ireland’s first Learning Disability Pride Day will be held on Saturday 27th May 2017 between 12pm and 4pm.


The first LDP day is being held in Carrickfergus. This is due to the event being hosted by Carrickfergus Gateway, and if the day is as successful as we hope, it could come to other areas in the future!

Get Involved:

Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the event on the day but we are also keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved before then.

Whether you are a local group, organisation or club who would like to perform or deliver a workshop, or maybe you are a budding artist keen to help out with banners and flags?

Maybe you want to volunteer your time on the day to ensure it runs smoothly?

Or perhaps you would like to make a monetary donation to support us?

We’d be delighted to hear from you – please see our contact page. We will be contacting all local learning disability organisations in the coming weeks to let you know how you can get involved. In the meantime, please show your interest and fill out our contact form. We are grateful for your time.