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. We are affiliated to the national Royal Mencap Society. You can see news and events on this page, and much more information about what we do can be found in these web pages.


  • Big 50 Paddle - fund raising for EBR Mencap!
  • Gardening Club
  • New activities - football sessions and film courses!
  • New Art Club
  • Limelight Local - New Project in 2015
  • Newsflash

What's been happening...

  • Annual Party and AGM
  • Longstock Park Water Garden
  • Summer BBQ
  • Colour Me Happy Fun Run
  • SCOUT ADVENTURE - A Triumph for the Dreamers!

Vacancies, donations, membership and contact information

  • Localgiving donations
  • Membership
  • Wristbands


  • Limelight Local - The Dreamers
  • Flagship Art

...and Services

  • Active Citizens
  • Active Ability Football
  • Art Club
  • Basketball Club
  • Chill Out Club
  • Gardening Club
  • Walking Group


Big 50 Paddle

Lucy Briggs aims to raise funds for Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP this year. She is now in training for her first challenge of the year, this is on April 19th when she will be kayaking from Tower Bridge to Chiswick and back again in the London Kayakathon, this is 26 miles in total. Lucy is raising funds for our work by kayaking in three locations this year: up and down the Thames, around Venice and the Isle of Wight.

We are really proud that she has chosen to support our work.

Donations are required to provide continuing services. I've seen how much the charity is valued by the users, and know how much it needs the funds, as I used to be the Treasurer! If you want to sponsor me, please go to https://localgiving.com/fundraising/lucybriggs"

Please support Lucy if you can.

Gardening Club 

First work session 16 March 2015!

16 March 2015 is the official start of the Gardening Club this year and Monday afternoon will be the Club’s first work session. Any new or prospective members should get in touch with me as soon as possible.  Existing members should just turn up on the day.

Our Gardening Club is for adults with learning disabilities who want to 'grow their own' and have a real interest in or love of horticulture. Read more...

New activities...

Football coaching sessions

We are delighted to be working with Active Nation and Sport works to offer some football coaching sessions for people with disabilities in the borough of Eastleigh. Sessions start on 26 February  at Fleming Park Leisure Centre (taster session 16 February, Southampton Sports Centre). Open to everyone over 18 who has a learning disability. Let us know if you are interested! 

More about Active Ability Football on Our Services page... 

Active Ability Football poster... (pdf )

Film courses

Six week film courses from 26 January, call the office to book your place

New Art Club

  • We are running our new ART CLUB on Thursdays for people who have a serious interest in art and want to improve their skills.
  • Creative activity for MENCAP member relatives - 10 week programme.

Please contact Michelle on 023 8048 3471 or by email, to book your place. Read more about the Art Club...


Our newsletter, Newsflash, contains information about local and national initiatives, and about our activities.

Download the latest newsletter here (pdf )

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).

What's been happening...

Celebration Event October 2014

The Flagship Art Celebration Event was held on 23 October 2014 in the Swan Room at Haskins Garden Centre in West End. The exhibition of work was open to the public from 10.00 to 11.15am and from 12.30 to 5.00pm. See Event poster... (pdf )

Read more about Flagship Art...

Limelight Local - The Dreamers

Our Limelight Local drama project for young adults with learning disabilities has officially finished and the group certainly went out on a high. We were fortunate to have the Mayor and Mayoress of Eastleigh, Councillor and Mrs Tony Noyce in the audience, together with Councillor Maggie Allingham from Hedge End Town Council. They came to see our show “Fred and Ted’s Travelling Troupe” for the evening performance on Tuesday March 24.

We hope that The DREAMERS, the integrated Theatre group set up within this project will go on to bigger and better things under the guidance of TreeCreeper, the theatre practitioners who were our partners in the project.

More about The Dreamers...

Annual Party and AGM 

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Annual Party and AGM on 22 November 2014 at The Cranbury Centre. It was good to see so many of our members, and a great time was had by all, dancing to DJ Nicki, and having a go at the Wii Cow Racing!

Thanks also go to the committee members and helpers in arranging the food, drinks and entertainment.

Longstock Park Water Garden

Open by kind permission of the John Lewis Partnership

Longstock Park Water Garden was open to the public on behalf of Eastleigh Borough and Romsey MENCAP on Sunday, 1 June.

What a glorious afternoon! The garden looked stunning in the sunshine, and it was great to see so many of you there, enjoying a relaxing stroll by the water. Thank you for coming along, and for helping us to raise a massive £3300!

Summer BBQ

We were blessed with a day of perfect weather on 28 June in spite of the forecast,which had threatened rain and thunder storms all week for our chosen day.

Sixty people attended and some enjoyed a short walk around the Royal Victoria Country Park before the barbecue. We had a range of dips while the burgers were cooking and then home made salads, sausages and burgers and tempting desserts.

Colour Me Happy Fun Run

Our thanks to Ben's Team (Ben, Thibaut, Fi and Ed) who ran in the Colour Me Happy Fun Run in Portsmouth on Sunday, 29 June and raised around £400 on our behalf. Well done, Team!


Before...                                                                                   ...and after!

What a triumph!


On Wednesday April 2 our young adults’ integrated theatre group, The Dreamers, gave the only public performance of their show SCOUT ADVENTURE to a large and enthusiastic audience.

After the show… The cast with the Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Malcom Cross

Vacancies, donations, membership and contacts

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!


Our members receive a Newsflash nine times a year, either by email or post, and news of all new projects and opportunities. More about becoming a member...

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