Our aim is to protect and enhance the life chances of children and adults with learning disabilities living in Eastleigh and Romsey.
On this webpage, you can see News, Upcoming Events, For Your Information and What's Been Happening, plus links to our Projects and Services webpages for much more information about what we do...
Carnival Project 2018
We will be entering the West End Carnival again this year. We are working with a professional Carnival Company, Sunshine International Arts from Brixton in London. Ray Mahabir, who has 35 years of Carnival experience working in Trinidad, Notting Hill, Liverpool and the 2012 Olympics will be leading our group in producing their costumes.
Last chance to join us - You should be able to attend workshops in West End on the following Thursdays: May 10, 17, 24, June 7 and 14, as well as walking with us in the Carnival Parade on Saturday June 16.
Workshop sessions are from 10.00 to 14.30 and cost only £5 per workshop. There are limited places in this project but people who join will have the chance to produce their own sensational costume.
Call 023 8048 3471 to leave your name and telephone number if you are interested.
Southampton Half Marathon: Sunday, 22 April 2018 - Great Success
Congratulations and thanks to Terry, Harry and Duarte. Well done all!
Our Vice Chair, Terry Wheeler (father of Will) ran the Southampton Half Marathon with son Harry and his friend Duarte on Sunday April 22 to support the society.
Here they are after the run looking fresh as daisies. The guys raised £498 on the day from sponsorship. Thanks to you if you were one of their sponsors!
Gardening Club – Allotment News
The transformation of our second allotment is continuing with the help of the Community Pay Back team and support from Terry and Maria. Why not come and visit both allotments at our Open Day on Saturday August 18. Maria and the entire team have been working very hard.
Our fortnightly maintenance sessions on the crescent border at Grantham Green take place on alternate Friday mornings from 10am -12noon.
Next sessions: 11 and 25 May.
Our project at Grantham Green is starting to take shape.
We are working alongside Eastleigh Borough Council to improve the park environment for the benefit of all residents and users.
We were successful in obtaining a grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery last year 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. The stumpery has arrived although it is still behind the barriers to allow the young plants to get established, more news on that in future issues.
You are welcome to join us if you are interested in becoming part of our team!
Maria, Gardening Co-ordinator
Art at the Heart – Access Forum
Following our trip to the NST City Theatre we were invited to attend the Art at the Heart Forum and give our opinions about the accessibility of art venues and events to representatives from the Nuffield, City Eye, John Hansard Gallery and the Turner Sims Concert Hall. Two members attended and gave their views. Thanks to Khristen and Abbie for their contributions.
Shadow Factory – ETC Event Six
On 21 February, 26 people went to the new NST City Theatre in Southampton to see the new play, Shadow Factory.
Written by local playwright, Howard Brenton, the play is about the covert construction of the Spitfire in World War II after the Super Marine Factory at Woolston had been bombed.
Our event included a back stage and theatre tour, exhibition about the show, an hilarious drama workshop, pub dinner at The Spitfire pub nearby and the evening show.
Members loved the warm welcome from staff who they know well now. They were impressed by the design of the new theatre and creative spaces. Definitely a night for us to remember.
from Waitrose Chandlers Ford
We were very grateful to receive a donation from the Waitrose Store at Chandlers Ford.
Here is long standing Committee member Jacqui Rowley receiving the cheque from Waitrose employee, Emily Stenlake.
Many thanks to the people of Chandlers Ford for voting for us.
We are very fortunate to have this kind of support from our community.
The society has no core funding apart from the annual Membership subscriptions which amount to about £500 each year. People are often amazed that we are not funded by “the government” or “the council”. We are not, though individual County councillors do support us through their small grants schemes and some parishes where we work offer us a great deal of support – West End and HEWEB for example.
We have also received a regular grant of £500 from Eastleigh Borough Council towards our running costs and insurance for many years. Although all our activities attract a charge or “subs”, these do not even begin to cover actual costs. Clubs which are irregularly attended also become less viable and more likely to close.
If you have any ideas where we might find more funds, business where we might be nominated or you want to undertake a sponsored challenge to assist us – please get in contact with Michelle on 023 8048 347. All ideas are welcome.
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.
The Gardening group will include local volunteers and people with learning disabilities. The grant also includes costs for a commemorative bench, a stumpery and additional wild flower turves.
Very Sad News...
We are sorry to announce the sudden death of Thomas’s mother, Michele Harman in April. Michele joined us for many of the theatre performances in our project, Limelight Local from 2013 onwards and even acted on stage with us at The Berry Theatre in 2015. Michele was a member of the Gardening Club and the Flagship Art Club which she attended to support Thomas. She loved our parties and trips out. Our members will miss her, and her lively conversation, a great deal.
David Scullard and Roy Stokes
It was with great regret that we learnt of the death of David Scullard. He was a long time member of the society and was one of the very first ACTIVE CITIZENS. We have reminisced about David’s participation in our work, his sense of humour and his mischievous attitude. The visit we made to the House of Commons with David will not be forgotten!
Roy Stokes also passed away at the beginning of the year. Roy was one of our first and most enthusiastic Walking Group members. He was great company on a walk. Roy and his wife Jean were both active and ardent about providing the right services for people with learning disabilities. Roy’s refusal to accept compromise in this area was admired.
Connect to Support (part of Health & Social Care at Hampshire County Council) have now set up a page called LD Events at www.connecttosupporthampshire.org.uk/LDevents
They want to make this page the main hub for event info. Flyers are fine as they can upload the pdf and link to it.
To advertise your event on Connect to Support, please email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Obviously this will be a good place to start if you are looking for new activities or something to do one weekend.
Society Diary Dates
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).
Volunteer for Basketball Club for adults with learning disabilities
What are we looking for?
We are looking for people who love basketball and who can support others to share that passion. We are looking for someone with good communication skills, patience, and a great sense of humour.
This is a good opportunity for anyone who is thinking of doing sports studies, coaching or teaching sport, or for people who have an interest in disability sport.
Our current volunteer has been with the club for three years and is leaving reluctantly, to go to university.
More details on our How you can help page...
Michelle Bonnel, Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP:
email email@example.com or telephone 023 8048 3471
The End of the Year Club
We ran the Club for two days between Christmas and New Year as we have heard that people with learning disabilities have nothing to do in the days between the two holidays. From our experience last year, it would seem to be an urban myth!
Many thanks to staff from DICE and Launch Pad who supported the Club. We played games, had discussions and made loads of great art work. Those people who did attend said they really enjoyed themselves. One person commented “I like it here, this is like a really, really good day service”.
Review of 2017 – what happened to us in 2017...
Art work by participants and staff at The End of the Year Club
Our Flagship Art Club Tree
One Community are holding a Christmas Tree Festival until 6 January 2018 at Eastleigh Museum.
The trees have been made by many community groups. It is a wonderful showcase of creativity from our area.
Why not drop in to see the trees, including our Flagship Art Club tree, as a break from your Christmas shopping. They make a great cup of coffee there!
Weight watchers – what is your experience?
Weight Watchers are currently the service that Hampshire County Council commission to provide free weight loss support for those with a BMI over 30. The Strategic Health Facilitators are starting a project about how to make Weight Watchers (WW) more accessible for people with learning disabilities.
The project will include the WW coaches having learning disability awareness training and the materials they use being in easy read format.
The Facilitators want to know if there is demand for WW meetings to be held in places that people with learning disabilities may find more supportive such as day services. Also to find out if there are any service users who have had experience of using WW and how it was for them. Equally if anyone has wanted to attend WW but has not and why this was? This information could be really useful in making sure people can access the WW service.
Replies please to firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy George, Strategic Health Facilitator, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Annual Health Checks - information available!
An Annual Health check is available and recommended for anyone who has a learning disability. All the GP surgeries in our area have agreed to offer annual Health checks. GPs are paid to provide them.
If you would like information about what the Annual Health Check should include, there are leaflets to answer your questions. We can send you these leaflets by email if you send us an email requesting them. email@example.com
We attended the Adults Health & Care organised Transport Forum specifically looking at issues for people with learning disabilities. This was held at Wells Place on Friday March 23.
Topics presented were customer service training on Uni-link and Bluestar buses as well as the use of Concessionary bus passes and companion passes. No changes to the bus passes were proposed and most of the information presented was known to regular bus users and to holders of a concessionary bus pass.
On August 11, we officially took over the maintenance of the ornamental shrub beds at Grantham Green. We have a small number of people who are going to learn about this work, getting some hands on experience and expert tuition from Maria, our horticultural co-ordinator.
We are still keen to recruit people who are interested in gardening for this project. If you are free on some Friday mornings, can get to the centre of Eastleigh and could enjoy, a little light gardening and some good conversation, call our office and leave your name and number.
Will raises a cool thousand!
We are delighted to report after all the cash donations, online sponsorship and gift aid have been collected that Will Wheeler raised £1,019 by completing the Eastleigh 5km run in March on behalf of Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP.
Here is Will looking fresh and confident at the start of his run on March 19.
"A huge thank you to Will, and to Terry and Michelle for helping him complete the challenge, for the magnificent sum of money raised."
Elaine Fish, Chairman
Will and his Dad, Terry, who ran alongside him, completed the Eastleigh 10km Run in good form on Sunday, 19 March. Huge congratulations to them both and thanks to everyone who has supported them. The donations raised are wonderful to have but are as nothing to Will’s achievement in running the course and finishing before so many other people (and the chicken).
William Wheeler, when he accepted the challenge to complete the Eastleigh 10k, decided that he would like to complete the run to benefit our society.
Will only started running in January this year but he is a fit and active person and has taken to the sport really well. We are delighted that he raised funds for us and proved his athletic ability!
New resource about abuse from Hampshire County Council Health and Social Care
This an easy read booklet to explain what abuse is and what to do if it happens to you.
Hampshire County Council’sTrading Standards have asked us to warn people about some current tricks which are being used on vulnerable people.
Trading Standards urge any residents receiving such calls not to respond, and not to give out any personal information to unknown persons over the telephone.
Connect to Support Hampshire
Connect to Support Hampshire is a new countywide online information and advice guide and directory of local services for adults with care and support needs. It provides a one stop shop for adults in Hampshire looking for information, community support and care options.
Usable by anyone; 600+ listings of services near you; directory of care homes and home care agencies; Information and advice regarding care and support
Tell us what you think...
In our last edition in 2016 we asked you for feedback on using the Contact Centre, HANTS DIRECT. We reported that a specialist group within Contact Centre staff were being trained to assist you with a wider range of issues and that you would not necessarily have immediate or direct access with The Learning Disabilities Team any more. The next stage of the plan is that all members of the Contact Centre are to receive the specialist training so anyone who answers your call will be able to assist you.
We are interested to know if you have called the contact centre, what your experience was - did you have to wait for a long time for the call to answered? Was the query dealt with to your satisfaction? Did your call have to be diverted to the Learning Disabilities Team after all?
Please let us know by email or phone so that we can pass on this feedback to the managers who have planned this change. It is important for us all that feedback is provided.
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