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




Looking forward to warmer days, THE ACTIVE CITIZENS are organising a SPRING COFFEE MORNING for the Mayor of Eastleigh’s Charities Appeal on Tuesday April 2 at the Masonic Hall in Eastleigh.


Everyone is invited to attend the event.


We want to hear from people who would like to support us. You may like to donate things, or help to collect items (in very good condition) to sell on our stalls or volunteer to help us on the day.


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.

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

  • March 1, 2019 - First Grantham Green Growers Meeting 10.00-12.00 at Grantham Green. (Then March 15 and 29)
  • March 2, 2019 – Final Winter Meet for Gardening Club
  • March 11,  2019 - First Monday Gardening Club meeting - start of season
  • March 16, 2019 - First Saturday Gardening Club meeting
  • 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.


  • Blue Butterfly Dance at the Point on the evenings of 9 and 10 February
  • Quiz at the Concorde Club – 19 February.  £12 includes curry (EBR MENCAP will have three teams – come and join us!)
  • Eastleigh Fusion Choir at All Saints Church - Saturday 9 March. 7.00pm. £5
  • 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

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We are delighted to be able to offer a 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.

Do you know a thing or two?
Come and show your knowledge by joining our quiz teams on Feb 19 at The Concorde Club.


The Mayor of Eastleigh has a Quiz night at the Concorde Club on February 19 to raise money for the four charities he has chosen to benefit.  We want to support the Appeal as well as show off what we know! We have three tables for people who want to join our teams. Six people per team.

Either book direct on The Concorde Club’s website or contact Michelle and she will book for you – cost £12 per person to be paid in advance, this includes a curry dinner on the night. Be aware this is a late night, but usually all the fun is over by 11.30pm.

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.

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
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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).


February 2019 - Download the latest newsletter here
Newsflash 125 - February 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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Phone: 02380 483471 .. Email: ebr.mencap@ntlworld.com .. Registered Charity Number 263620 .. affiliated to Royal MENCAP Society