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
Society Diary Dates
Society Volunteers needed
Christmas Coin Collection - Are you free on Saturday, 8th December?
We are holding a Christmas Coin Collection outside a local supermarket. If you would like to join us and help support the society in this way, please contact Michelle on 023 8048 3471 or talk to her in person.
Grow your Tenner – Remember this?
It’s back but it is different…
The day the matching starts is December 11, AFTER 10.00am.
Local giving, the fundraising website, are offering matching funds to support charities but this year it is only about regular monthly donations. Direct debits must be set up to give monthly donations to the charity for a year and the last 6 donations will be matched.
If you sign up to give 12 monthly donations of £10, you will pay £120 over the year (maybe plus Gift Aid) and we will receive £180, as Local Giving will match fund the last six months’ donations.
Local Giving has £100,000 to give away. They will not be matching any one off donations of £10.
Eastleigh Hot Shots
We are delighted to welcome Julia Tucker-Blackford our new Basketball coach. We are recruiting new members now. If you are interested in becoming an Eastleigh Hot Shot, contact the office.
Sessions are once a fortnight at the Sports Hall, Wyvern Community College in Fair Oak. Arrive by 9.50am.
Join Michelle on the Bluestar No 2 bus from Eastleigh Bus station to Fair Oak, leaving around 8.55am. You will arrive in good time and have a chance to have a drink before we warm up and play.
Chandlers Ford Charities Christmas Fayre
Our thanks to Elaine, Peter and Jacqui for again representing us at the Chandlers Ford Fayre, collecting items for sale and presenting them so beautifully. This is an important event for us, not only because of the opportunity to raise money for the society but also because we meet the local residents of Chandlers Ford who have supported us so well over many years.
Annual Party & AGM 10 November 2018
After our Annual General Meeting and review of our work and challenges of the past year, we had a great party. We were the adopted charity of the Southampton and District Motorcycle Club in 2018 and we were delighted to receive a cheque from their Secretary. The sum donated had been raised through a number of motor cycle challenges by different club members. Many thanks to the club members for their effort and generosity.
Please note change of date for the Christmas session - now 15 December 2018 (not 8th December)
The Mayor of Eastleigh’s Appeal
The Mayor of Eastleigh Fundraising Appeal has a calendar of exciting events which we can enjoy.
Gospel Phonics – Concert on December 8 at All Saints Church, Desborough Road. 3.00 pm. No entrance fee. Raffle.
Open Day at Eastleigh Railway Works for Eastleigh Borough and Romsey MENCAP Members only. This will happen on a Saturday in April 2019.
More details when they are confirmed
Flagship Art Club
Plans for next year
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.
Have your say...
The proposed closure of Orchard Close Respite Service, Hayling Island
Hampshire County Council Adult Services Consultation open until 21 December, 2018.
This is a public consultation to seek the views of service users and other interested stakeholders on proposals to close Orchard Close, with a view to providing more personalised and tailored respite solutions to those people who currently use the service.”
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).
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.
Our members receive a regular copy of our newsletter,Newsflash, either by email or post, and news of all new projects and opportunities. More about becoming a member...