Understanding Learning Disability
UnderstandingLearning Disability

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.

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...


Our Projects...

  • ETC – Exploring Theatre Craft
  • Mayflower Panto Trail Project – Robin Hood
  • Chinese Festival


...and Services

  • Active Citizens
  • Flagship Art Club
  • Eastleigh Hot Shots (Basketball Club)
  • Chill Out Club
  • Gardening Club


Local Giving Small Charities Day, 22 June

Do not donate now!
All the match funding was gone by 11.00am


For one day only - doubling donations by up to £25!

In recognition of the difficulties small charities face to cover costs, Local Giving have put together this special match funding day.

Starting at 10am on Thursday 22nd June, Localgiving will be doubling one-time donations to local charities pound-for-pound by up to £25! The campaign will take place as part of Small Charity Week 2017, launching at 10:00 and running until the fund runs out, or 23:59 - whichever comes first.

Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector - of the invaluable contribution that these groups make to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and the rest of the world.

The Small Charity Week match fund has been kindly funded by The FSI and a private philanthropist.



Summer is here!

We had to cancel our annual Community picnic on June 6 as the weather had been anything but summery. Now we are all sweltering in the heat but there is lots to look forward to this summer.


West End Carnival - What a Community!

On June 17 some of our members took part in the West End Carnival procession. A good time was had by all. Hagrid, Dumbledore, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and co have all vowed to return again next year in a different guise, depending on the theme of course. Come and join us, it is an unforgettable experience. The people of West End are generous and know how to throw a party.



Achievements and Congratulations!


We are delighted to offer congratulations to several people you may know, who have completed something exceptional this month.


To Khristen for having completed his Cubs leader training which has taken many months. It has been a great deal of hard work and fun! He has proved his commitment to the Cubs and should be very proud of this achievement.


To Gary and Kelly who both performed in the Community company at the Nuffield Theatre in the show “The Grapes of Wrath”. They auditioned for the play and attended a long series of rehearsals from early January through to three weeks of performances in March. They gave up evenings and weekends to rehearse. It was great to see them both on stage in this show.


To Will, who ran in the Eastleigh 10km run on Sunday March 19 in spite of only taking up running in January this year!  He has raised a significant amount of money for Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP. Thank you Will!


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.


"My congratulations too to both Will and Terry - they did a really good time, and didn't even have the grace to look tired as they passed the finish line!


"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!

Saints Pennant - Sealed Bid Auction!


Saints Football Club have generously given the society a Club Pennant to use for fundraising. The Pennant has been signed by all the 2016-7 team, it also has a Certificate of Authenticity.


We are offering this to members or supporters who are interested and wish to offer a sealed bid.

Just post us your bid price on a sheet of paper with your name and contact details. 

All bids must be received by 15 June.




Vacancy for Chill Out Club Co-ordinator!

Do you have experience of supporting people with learning disabilities? Do you have a desire to support adults with LD to have some social time with their friends?


Our Chill Out Club gives members have the chance to get together with their friends independently of carers in a warm and friendly atmosphere in the centre of Eastleigh. They meet for two hours every Monday evening (except Bank Holidays) to chat, have a drink and share a joke with their friends and our volunteers.


More information...


Gardening Club Expansion


We are all very excited about our new allotment which was generously offered to us at the beginning of the year. The site is not as well designed and provisioned as our first allotment - yet!


We have been grateful for the hard work of everyone who helped to clear the site and particularly Keith and Danny who worked rotovating the site.


Read more about our plans for 2017 on our Gardening Club page...


If you would like to try out the Gardening Club as a new member or as a volunteer, please contact the office and leave your name and number and we will call you back. Telephone 023 8048 3471.



Small Faces Exhibition John and Mark

Small Faces Exhibition

Some of our members submitted portraits to the Solent University Small Faces Open Exhibition in February.


All entrants were invited to the Preview Night. This picture was taken on this night and shows John and Mark standing near Mark’s portrait of John, which he drew at The Chill Out Club. Rebecca, Maria and Michelle all had portraits displayed.

Farm Cafe Community Matters Donation

We have been fortunate to start the year with a welcome donation of £300 from the Waitrose Community Matters Scheme at Leckford.


Our Photo shows Committee member Henry Rau receiving the donation from Harry Brown, the Partner Co-ordination manager inside the Farm Shop in early January.


We are increasingly reliant on this form of funding since financial support from Adult Services has ended. Any members who have ideas for fundraising schemes should contact the office for an enthusiastic hearing and discussion!



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).


Download the latest newsletter here
Newsflash 104 May 2017.pdf
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You can see a selection of last year's events on the 2016 Activities page!


The Concorde Club Quiz - Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Quiz + Curry+ Raffle = A Great Night Out!

Don’t miss out on this event, book tickets for your team as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Go to the Concorde Club website to book your places (teams of 6).

Individuals who want to come, can also book and we will help you to make up teams of 6 with others on the night.


We have some amazing Raffle prizes too, so come along and you might win more than you expected! 


West End Carnival Volunteers - Saturday, 17 June 2017

We are looking for people to work with us on Saturday, June 17 2017

The theme of this year’s Carnival is “Childrens Books”. Our members have chosen the Harry Potter books.


We have the main characters for our Harry Potter themed walk: Harry, Hermione, Ron, George, Hagrid, the Hogswarts Express Train driver and… who would you be?


Other characters can still join in, let Michelle know who you will be!

You need to choose a character, find your costume and come to our dress rehearsal, where you will hear all the details of the day.

Call Michelle 023 8048 3471 and leave your name and phone number.



We are 10! - 19 June 2017 - Tenth Birthday for COC


It is hard to believe but it was ten years ago this year that the Chill Out Club was started.  To mark the occasion we will be having a skittles night for Club members in Eastleigh on June 19.

We will share a fish & chip supper and Birthday cake of course!

Club members will receive more information about the event at their club night.


Exploring Theatre Craft (Event 5)

Pygmalion - Wednesday, 3 May 2017


One flower girl. Two experts. Free lessons. 
Six months. Duchess required.



Twenty people came on this trip to the Nuffield Theatre at the start of May. We had a back stage and on stage tour, took part in a workshop about the story of Pygmalion before seeing the show. We also had a warm welcome at a local pub where we had supper. A good night out! 


Nuffield Theatre tour - Pygmalion May 2017 Nuffield Theatre tour - Pygmalion May 2017


Dates for your diary...


  • Safer Places Scheme revisited

Jenny Bunyan, a volunteer from One Community has been visiting all the Safer Places that our Active Citizens group set up in 2010/11. Members of the Active Citizens took part in a briefing to the Community Safety Partnership about the scheme in December and we are hoping for the scheme to be revitalised in 2017. Watch this space! 

  • Chinese Cultural Festval - 31 October 2017
    More details later...

and more...

  • 8 July
  • Summer BBQ – Saturday, 8 July at Royal Victoria Country Park
  • 14 July
    Day trip to Hinton Ampner – Friday, 14 July 
  • 5 August
    Gardening Club Open Day – Saturday, 5 August with Rosie Yeomans
  • 19 October
    Flagship Art Club Exhibition – Thursday, 19 October 


For your information...

Important Information about Bus Passes ending 31 March 2017

Hampshire County Council new concessionary bus passes will be issued automatically prior to expiry in March 2017. It is not necessary to enquire about a new bus pass unless your circumstances, address or appearance have changed.


If you do not receive a replacement bus pass once your current pass expires please contact the concessionary travel team


email: concessionary.fares@hants.gov.uk, tel: 0300 555 1376, or visit the HCC website: www.hants.gov.uk/transport


How to be an effective employer - Eastleigh Session - 18 May - Wells Place

For people who employ staff with Direct Payments Funding in Hampshire.


Most people come to Direct Payments having never employed anyone before and it can seem daunting. This event will help you to understand what your employment responsibilities are, will build your confidence and provide knowledge about what support is available to help you become a responsible employer.


Independent Lives, in partnership with Hampshire County Council is running free “How to be an effective employer” workshops.


For further enquiries please contact Independent Lives, telephone 01903 219482 and/or email:


The Effects of T17 – are you feeling them?

Here we are in 2017, the year by which the changes to the Learning Disabilities services outlined in the “T17 plan” for April 2017 must be completed. It remains to be seen how these changes will affect peoples’ lives, it is likely to be varied.


We are interested in your experience and opinion. Perhaps you are not yet aware of any changes, though they are becoming more apparent now and this is not the end. “T19” is the next stage of transformation. Plans are being made that must be implemented by April 2019 to save even more money from the Social Care budget.



HERE I AM campaign


Royal MENCAP have launched a new public awareness campaign called Here I am. You may have seen some of the posters at bus stops around the county. They are certain eye catching and we have found that people have very different opinions about them. What do you think of their portrayal of people with a learning disability?


The campaign was designed according to Royal MENCAP “to make it impossible to ignore people with a learning disability, and to do that in a way that would challenge the assumptions a lot of people don’t even know they have.” The pictures were taken by well known fashion photographer, Rankin, who is skilled at bringing out individual personalities.


The campaign is a kind of update on what people in the UK think about learning disabilities and the people who have them. There are some really surprising statistics about what the public at large think. We would recommend having a look at Royal MENCAP’s website and reading about the Here I am campaign, surprisingly the whole feature is rather tucked away on the site so you may have to search for it.


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


Contacting Adult Services

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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Phone: 02380 483471 .. Email: ebr.mencap@ntlworld.com .. Registered Charity Number 263620 .. affiliated to Royal MENCAP Society