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



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

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

Final Chance - Just a few places left!!


Join us for our visit to Eastleigh RAILWAY WORKS in support of the Mayor of Eastleigh’s Charities Appeal.


Eastleigh Railway Works were opened by The London and South Western Railway (LSWR) as a carriage and wagon works in 1891. In 1910, locomotive building was transferred to the new workshops at Eastleigh from Nine Elms in London and this caused the town to expand and develop as railway workers and engineers needed homes nearby. We will have the chance to look at some historic locomotives and to see this impressive industrial site.


Do not miss this visit if you love railways and engines! 

Cost £7.50 per person. Essential support can attend for the same price.

Please make a booking and pay your fee to book your place. Details of where to meet and dress code will be supplied when payment is made. 

The Mayor of Eastleigh’s Appeal

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

  • Visit to Eastleigh Railway Works – only for EBR MENCAP members – April 27.

Society Diary Dates

  • April 27, 2019 - OPEN DAY at Eastleigh Railway Works for EBR MENCAP members only, in aid of the Mayor of Eastleigh’s Appeal.
  • DATE TO BE CONFIRMED - Plant Sale at Grantham Green. Proceeds to Eastleigh Borough & Romsey Mencap society. 
  • May 28, 2019 – The Concorde Club Quiz for EBR MENCAP Society, this is OUR big annual fundraising night – we hope you and your family, colleagues and friends will come along to support us! This is a fun night for everyone.
  • June 29, 2019 – SATURDAY 11.00 onwards Day in the Park with games and barbecue at Royal Victoria County Park, Netley.


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

Quiz & Curry

The Concorde Club, Tuesday, 28 May


Have you got your team together yet? Six people per table, book now to avoid disappointment!


7.30 for an 8.00pm start.

Grand Raffle & prizes for Quiz winners 
Book your tickets through the Concorde Club’s website. £12 per person to include curry or vegetarian option. Please mention dietary requirements when booking.


Day in the Park - Saturday, 29 June

Put the date in your diary!

Laurel BBQ Site at Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley.

Start time 11.00am


We have a day of fun and games planned, with food…


In the past we have just had a barbecue and it has often felt a bit rushed, people arrive before the food is served and only stay to eat and then disappear. We would like this to be a more sociable event. Bring your family, carers, friends and join us. The weather is going to be beautiful…promise!

More details in May’s newsletter. 

Spring Coffee Morning


This event was organised by our ACTIVE CITIZENS group to raise funds for the Mayor of Eastleigh’s Charities Appeal and was really well attended. 


Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Bruce Tennent at our Spring Coffee Morning, April 2019 Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Bruce Tennent at our Spring Coffee Morning, April 2019



We were delighted to welcome The Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Bruce Tennent, who spoke about the four charities which would benefit from his appeal, people from one of these charities, the Hedge End Opportunities Group joined us.

Supporters brought donations for our Jewellery and Hobbies stalls and the Drinks Tombola as well as baking delicious cakes that were served by our WI supporters with morning coffee. Thank you to everyone for your generosity and great support! 



Flagship Art Club Exhibition

This year’s Exhibition was held at the Coffee Morning so that more people could see our work.


Our artists produced another stunning collection of work from their meetings over the last eighteen months.


There are eleven members and each person has developed an individual style.


The exhibition showcased individual pieces but also work completed collaboratively by the whole group.


Gardening Club


It's now the start of the growing season at the allotments for our Gardening Club.  We are looking forward to what the year has in store for us.


Vacant Lot!


At the moment we still have some raised beds available, should anyone else like to join us this year and learn to grow their own food.  Just call the office, leave your name and number and we will let you know the times of the Gardening Club and tell Maria to expect you!

Garden Club Swiss Chard raised bed Garden Club Swiss Chard raised bed

Many people think that allotments are just for growing vegetables but that's not always the case, some members grow herbs and flowers.


This raised bed was planted up in the Autumn by one of our members and is looking at it's best now. The Swiss Chard sown last summer has over-wintered well. 


As it's the start of the season, some of our members have already been busy preparing for the new season by weeding and tidying. 


The gardeners meet twice a week and we are always looking for volunteers who might want to be involved. If that sounds like you, call us!

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.

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.


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

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!  

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 Respite Unit

The future is still uncertain

No final decision has yet been made about the future of Orchard Close Respite Centre. A number of Health & Social Care Committee meetings have been held with votes taken but for now it is simply being said that the Respite Centre will continue to operate until autumn 2020. Decision time on the future of the Centre will be in the autumn of this year. 
In the meantime there will continue to be discussion and consideration of the need for this Respite Centre, the amount that could be saved by its closure and other matters.  
This is disappointing for all the supporters of Orchard Close who took time to complete the Consultation document in the first place, organised powerful deputations to the Health & Social Care Committee, have lobbied members of the Committee and who have been hoping for a swift resolution.  
Knowing that the future is uncertain for a much loved and high quality facility, where your son or daughter is happy and receives excellent care, puts an additional strain on carers who have previously always relied upon its service. So many of the Council’s valued Respite Units have been closed in recent years and carers do not want to see Orchard Close added to that list. The move to short breaks in local shared lives placements is not something that most carers want. 

To read more about Orchard Close, visit our For your Information page...

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: Tuesday, 2 April
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).


April 2019 - Download the latest newsletter here
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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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