Understanding Learning Disability
UnderstandingLearning Disability

Eastleigh Borough and Romsey Mencap Society


Our aim is to protect and enhance the life chances of children and adults with learning disabilities living in Eastleigh and Romsey.

On this webpage, you can see News, Upcoming Events, For Your Information and What's Been Happening, plus links to our Projects and Services webpages for much more information about what we do...


Our Projects...

  • ETC – Exploring Theatre Craft
  • Mayflower Panto Trail Project – Robin Hood
  • Chinese Festival


...and Services

  • Active Citizens
  • Active Ability Football
  • Art Club
  • Eastleigh Hot Shots (Basketball Club)
  • Chill Out Club
  • Gardening Club
  • Walking Group


Exploring Theatre Craft 4


Puppetry Workshop, Friday morning, 24 February 2017


Limited places, deadline for booking: 14 February, telephone 023 8048 3471. More information on our Projects page...


Sad News...

Ted Baker - 03.03.1936 -12.01.2017


We were really sorry to hear of the death of Ted Baker in January this year.


Ted was a MENCAP Walking Group walk leader for many years and had helped run the Basketball Club since it started, long before our society became involved. He was also heavily involved with the QE2 Friday night Club and ran a long series of annual group holidays to various places in Germany and nearer home with Helga, his wife.


Our condolences to Helga, Ellen, Monica and Caroline


Vacancy for Chill Out Club Co-ordinator!

Do you have experience of supporting people with learning disabilities? Do you have a desire to support adults with LD to have some social time with their friends?


Our Chill Out Club gives members have the chance to get together with their friends independently of carers in a warm and friendly atmosphere in the centre of Eastleigh. They meet for two hours every Monday evening (except Bank Holidays) to chat, have a drink and share a joke with their friends and our volunteers.


More information...


Gardening Club Expansion...


We are very excited to announce that we are expanding our Gardening Club.


We are taking on a second allotment at the West End site in mid March, which means more members will be able to join and benefit from extra space for growing. Lots of work requires three more volunteers to help us to:


  1. clear the new site (short term)
  2. build new raised beds and help with the plans for the new site (mid term volunteer)
  3. work alongside less skilled members (long term volunteer with horticultural skills)


More information on our Gardening Club page...


Early news of 2017 events


  • The Concorde Club Quiz - Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Quiz + curry + raffle = A great night out!

  • Safer Places Scheme revisited

Jenny Bunyan, a volunteer from One Community has been visiting all the Safer Places that our Active Citizens group set up in 2010/11. Members of the Active Citizens took part in a briefing to the Community Safety Partnership about the scheme in December and we are hoping for the scheme to be revitalised in 2017. Watch this space! 

  • Chinese Cultural Festval - 31 October 2017
    More details later...


The Effects of T17 – are you feeling them?

Here we are in 2017, the year by which the changes to the Learning Disabilities services outlined in the “T17 plan” for April 2017 must be completed. It remains to be seen how these changes will affect peoples’ lives, it is likely to be varied.


We are interested in your experience and opinion. Perhaps you are not yet aware of any changes, though they are becoming more apparent now and this is not the end. “T19” is the next stage of transformation. Plans are being made that must be implemented by April 2019 to save even more money from the Social Care budget.


Farm Cafe Community Matters Donation

We have been fortunate to start the year with a welcome donation of £300 from the Waitrose Community Matters Scheme at Leckford.


Our Photo shows Committee member Henry Rau receiving the donation from Harry Brown, the Partner Co-ordination manager inside the Farm Shop in early January.


We are increasingly reliant on this form of funding since financial support from Adult Services has ended. Any members who have ideas for fundraising schemes should contact the office for an enthusiastic hearing and discussion!



Our Newsletter, Newsflash!, contains information about local and national initiatives and about our activities. Click on the newsletter tab to read previous newsletters.

Please visit the website regularly to read our latest news. If you have any comments on the content, or would like us to include something on the website, please do get in touch with Elaine Fish (Chair).


Download the latest newsletter here
Newsflash 101 February 2017.pdf
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You can see a selection of last year's events on the 2016 Activities page!


Dates for your diary...


  • The Concorde Club Quiz - Tuesday, 2 May 2017
  • Chinese Cultural Festval - 31 October 2017


For your information...


HERE I AM campaign


Royal MENCAP have launched a new public awareness campaign called Here I am. You may have seen some of the posters at bus stops around the county. They are certain eye catching and we have found that people have very different opinions about them. What do you think of their portrayal of people with a learning disability?


The campaign was designed according to Royal MENCAP “to make it impossible to ignore people with a learning disability, and to do that in a way that would challenge the assumptions a lot of people don’t even know they have.” The pictures were taken by well known fashion photographer, Rankin, who is skilled at bringing out individual personalities.


The campaign is a kind of update on what people in the UK think about learning disabilities and the people who have them. There are some really surprising statistics about what the public at large think. We would recommend having a look at Royal MENCAP’s website and reading about the Here I am campaign, surprisingly the whole feature is rather tucked away on the site so you may have to search for it.



Your Society needs you! Can you help?

Volunteers needed:

  • Coin collectors outside supermarkets
  • Great bakers to bake cakes for our café
  • Tea/coffee maker 

Message from our Chair, Elaine Fish...

This year some grants that support our work have been withdrawn. We have had to find money elsewhere, we have been holding coin collections at Waitrose, Asda and Tesco, which have generated some much needed funds for our projects and services.

Committee members and our development officer have given up their time to take shifts outside the supermarkets, and I am grateful to them for doing so.

We will run coin collections on a regular basis to raise funds for the Society, but we need more volunteers to join us.

Can you help? Would you be prepared join a rota for future collections?

Each “shift” would be no longer than 2 hours at a supermarket in the Eastleigh borough or Romsey area and all you would have to do is to be friendly and welcoming to any shoppers who wanted to donate. You could do just one collection or join us more regularly: it is your choice!

We need more volunteers so that we can have two people per “shift”. Please do get in touch with Michelle if you want to join in. (023 80483 471)

Thank you. Elaine Fish (Chair of Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP)

Connect to Support Hampshire


Connect to Support Hampshire is a new countywide online information and advice guide and directory of local services for adults with care and support needs. It provides a one stop shop for adults in Hampshire looking for information, community support and care options.


Usable by anyone; 600+ listings of services near you; directory of care homes and home care agencies; Information and advice regarding care and support

Contacting Adult Services

Tell us what you think...


In our last edition in 2016 we asked you for feedback on using the Contact Centre, HANTS DIRECT. We reported that a specialist group within Contact Centre staff were being trained to assist you with a wider range of issues and that you would not necessarily have immediate or direct access with The Learning Disabilities Team any more. The next stage of the plan is that all members of the Contact Centre are to receive the specialist training so anyone who answers your call will be able to assist you.


We are interested to know if you have called the contact centre, what your experience was - did you have to wait for a long time for the call to answered? Was the query dealt with to your satisfaction? Did your call have to be diverted to the Learning Disabilities Team after all?


Please let us know by email or phone so that we can pass on this feedback to the managers who have planned this change.  It is important for us all that feedback is provided.



Did you know that you can donate to Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP via Localgiving (http://localgiving.com/charity/ebrmencap)? It's quick and easy, and UK taxpayers can opt to offer Gift Aid too.

EBR MENCAP Wristbands

Have you seen the latest fashion accessory, available from EBR MENCAP? They are a great way to show your support, and only cost £1 each. There are three colours - burgundy, bottle green and white, each sporting a different slogan, PARTICIPATE, RESPECT and ENJOY. Why not get all three so that you can mix and match? The wristbands are a fundraising idea to help support us financially and will be on sale at all our events and projects in the coming months. Grab them while you can!

Contact Us / Membership

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