Understanding Learning Disability
UnderstandingLearning Disability

Eastleigh Borough and Romsey Mencap Society

First prize – Best Over All! The Village People & friends at West End Carnival June 2018 First prize – Best Over All! The Village People & friends at West End Carnival June 2018

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


Our services are open to anyone with a learning disability who lives in the borough of Eastleigh or in Romsey, but before accessing any of our services, you do need to talk to someone to be sure they are appropriate for you. Please call the office and leave your name and number. We will always call you back.


Our constitution limits the offer of our services to people with learning disabilities living in this geographical area. Much of our funding is raised locally for the benefit of local people with learning disabilities.


Our Home page contains our News items and Upcoming Events, links to our Projects and Services webpages for much more information about what we do, What's been happening - our recent events, and Keeping you informed - information from outside agencies including Hampshire Conty Council

Our Services...

  • Flagship Art Club
  • Eastleigh Hot Shots (Basketball Club)
  • Chill Out Club
  • Gardening Club
  • Grantham Green Growers

and Projects

  • Carnival 2019



Spring Coffee Morning

Tuesday April 2, 10.30 -12noon at the Masonic Hall, Eastleigh


This event is being organised by our ACTIVE CITIZENS group. Everyone is invited and welcome to join us.


We will be running the following stalls:

  1. Hobbies Stall - books, puzzles, DVDs and CDs
  2. Accessories Stall – jewellery, hats, gloves, scarves
  3. Drinks Tombola, and
  4. Raffle – any new but unwanted gifts would be appreciated.

If you have donations for our stalls, please remember we do not have space to store items so please bring the stock on the day for us to sell. Let us know what you have in advance.We do not have space to store items so please bring the stock on the day for us to sell. Let us know what you have in advance and THANK YOU!


We want the event to be busy, fun and successful in raising funds for the Mayor’s chosen charities.
Call the office or email us if you have any queries or want to help.

Society Diary Dates

  • April 2, 2019 – COFFEE MORNING for the Mayor of Eastleigh’s Appeal organised by our ACTIVE CITIZENS group. This event includes the Flagship Art Club Annual Exhibition. More details to follow.
  • April 27, 2019 - OPEN DAY at Eastleigh Railway Works for EBR MENCAP members only, in aid of the Mayor of Eastleigh’s Appeal. 
  • May 28, 2019 – The Concorde Club Quiz for EBR MENCAP Society, this is OUR annual hugely successful fundraising night – we hope you and your family, colleagues and friends will come along to support us!
  • Late June (date tbc) – Day in the Park with games & barbecue.



Please call the office and leave your name and number if you have any questions about our events or anything else. We will always call you back.  Our Office number : 023 8048 3471

The Mayor of Eastleigh’s Appeal

The Mayor of Eastleigh Fundraising Appeal has a calendar of exciting events which we can enjoy.


  • The Mayor of Eastleigh’s Charity Dinner at Botley Park Hotel - 22 March
  • Coffee Morning – organised by The Active Citizens – Masonic Hall, Eastleigh 10.30 to 12.00 noon – April 2.
  • Visit to Eastleigh Railway Works – only for EBR MENCAP members – April 27.

Visit to Eastleigh Railway Works - Saturday Morning - 27 April 2019

Eastleigh Railway Works visit April 2019 Eastleigh Railway Works visit April 2019


Join us for our visit to Eastleigh RAILWAY WORKS in support of the Mayor of Eastleigh’s Charities Appeal. This offer is only for EBR MENCAP members.

Cost £7.50 per person.

Essential support can also attend for the same price.

Please make a booking with Michelle and pay your fee to book your place

Let’s get Quizzical!

It is nearly time for our annual Quiz & Curry night at The Concorde Club to raise funds for our society.


Why not round up your most knowledgeable friends and form a team? (Six people per team).


The Concorde Club, Tuesday, 28 May

7.30 for an 8.00pm start.
Grand Raffle & prizes for Quiz winners


Book your tickets £12 per person to include curry, through the Concorde Club’s website.




Leckford donation - Waitrose Community Matters Leckford donation - Waitrose Community Matters

Leckford Donation

Committee member, Henry Rau accepts a donation cheque from the Waitrose Community Matters Scheme at Leckford.


These donations are a really important part of our funding each year and we are grateful to the companies who accept our nominations and to the public who vote for us.


NST CITY’s First Birthday Party NST CITY’s First Birthday Party

NST CITY’s First Birthday Party
Members of Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP were invited to the Nuffield Theatre City‘s first birthday party on February 16.


We were involved in a theatre project with the Nuffield as our partner from 2015 to 2018 and were at the launch of the new theatre last year.  


Members enjoying NST CITY’s First Birthday Party Members enjoying NST CITY’s First Birthday Party


The theatre put on an amazing array of entertainment, with dance numbers from ZoieLogic, singing by community choirs, party games in which everyone in Guildhall Square was involved and general mayhem.


There were lots of surprises and despite the grey but warm day, we had a great time. We also had jelly and ice cream, Hariboes and delicious cake!  

Eastleigh Hot Shots

The Basketball Club for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Sessions last for one hour, take place once a fortnight, in Fair Oak on Saturday morning.

The cost is £3.50 per session.


Contact us if you would like to try a session of basketball (023 8048 3471)


The theme for Learning Disabilities Week this year is Sport & Inclusion

Vote for us!

Waitrose Green tokens in Romsey

We have been chosen as one of the three charities selected for support by the partners in the Waitrose Romsey Store. If you are in Romsey and shopping at Waitrose please vote for us.


These community contributions are vital to us to keep our clubs running. None of our clubs are fully self supporting so we need additional cash to be able to run them.

Just when you thought austerity was over!

Here comes T21 (Transformation to 2021) – the latest round of savings from Hampshire County Council.

How much must be saved this time? More importantly, what will be left?

Orchard Close Temporary Reprieve

The Health and Social Care Committee reviewed the results of the Consultation on the Proposed Closure of the Orchard Close Respite Centre. Then they heard deputations from people with learning disabilities who used the centre and from their carers. Their evidence was so compelling that the Committee voted unanimously against the Closure.

However in a surprise move, the Executive Member, Councillor Fairhurst refused to enforce the decision and postponed it, leaving the Centre open until March 2020, with its fate to be decided before then. Councillors decided to “call in the decision”.

Do look at the link below to read more about the details.


Royal Mencap survey of Learning Disabilities

Royal Mencap is running the first national survey of people with a learning disability in 15 years. Look for the section entitled “Research and Statistics” on their website.  https://www.mencap.org.uk/


This national survey will be a chance for people with a learning disability to tell Royal Mencap about their everyday lives and experiences. Royal Mencap will be asking questions on topics that people with a learning disability have told us are important to them, such as health, relationships, employment and inclusion. The results will help Royal Mencap to provide better support to the people they work with and further improve the lives of people with a learning disability

Carers’ Group
West Hampshire Community Learning Disability Service (part of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust) is setting up a Carers’ Group to help improve the service provided by the Health Service to adults with a learning disability in our area.


They wish to develop their service and understand the importance of hearing carers’ views. The group is for informal carers (family/legal guardians). If you are interested in being in the group or receiving their minutes or newsletter contact the facilitators: Rachel Johnson or Martin Johnson. Email: hp-tr.whclds@nhs.net


Meetings for 2019

  • April 26 Friday 10-12 at Hampshire House, Eastleigh
  • July 19 Friday 10-12 at Totton Hub, Totton
  • October 17 Thursday 10-12 at Hampshire House, Eastleigh.  

Flagship Art Club

Plans for next year

  • Carnival Day - Saturday 15 June 2019. Theme - Childrens’ Television

The Art Club will be inviting more people to join them for their West End Carnival Project in 2019. People who are not members of the Flagship Art Club can join with our regular members for the weeks before the Carnival to design and prepare their own costumes.

  • Flagship Art Club members are entering the St James’s Church Christmas Tree Festival this year. Make sure you go along in December to see their entry
  • Spring Exhibition: Date to be confirmed
People's Postcode Lottery logo People's Postcode Lottery logo

People’s Postcode Lottery grant - Grantham Green Gardening Project

Our project received £13,281 from the Trust to establish a new gardening group at Grantham Green to maintain the ornamental shrubs throughout the year to include local volunteers and people with learning disabilities. The grant also includes costs for a commemorative bench, a stumpery and additional wild flower turves.


We were successful in obtaining a grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery to fund the work of the Grantham Green Growers for a year as well as providing additional wild flower turves, a bench and a stumpery.


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).


March 2019 - Download the latest newsletter here
Newsflash 126 - March 2019.pdf
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New members

If you have enjoyed this newsletter or any of our services and want to join us, please contact Michelle on the office number or ask her about membership. There are real advantages to being an Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP member.

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