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Chris Ballet (Mencap)

Chris is the 'All Move' Project Manager at Royal Mencap Society – the leading voice of learning disability. All Move is a national project that has previously worked on bringing young people with and without a learning disability together through physical activity, tackling stigma and promoting friendships and relationships. The project currently focuses on the physical and mental health and wellbeing of participants with a learning disability, giving opportunities to experience activities that are new to them and rewarding effort and commitment. 

All Move aims to promote positive physical and mental health outcomes in participants, developing participants' confidence in the process. It is the intention that some of the soft skills honed and opportunities gained during the project can be transferrable to participants' wider school experience and beyond. Increased motivation, self-efficacy, a willingness to try new things and a sense of achievement can all add to an individual's sense of self-worth. 

Mencap's 'Living in Fear' report (2019) found that almost 9 in 10 people with a learning disability surveyed had experienced bullying or harassment over the course of the previous year. Mencap’s vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included.