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
The Mayor of Eastleigh’s Appeal
Outing to Eastleigh Railway Works
On Saturday April 27, 15 members with supporters had the chance to visit Eastleigh Railway Works. Norman our guide took us throughout the site, inside and outside the huge sheds to see various historic engines and some contemporary rolling stock too.
We learned about the workings of a private Railway company and were all impressed with the size of the site and the variety of work being carried out. It was a privilege to look around the site. Thanks to Carl Watson and Becky Peacock for making it happen.
This is a picture of the wheels on Canadian Pacific, they are 6ft 6 inches tall!
We were accompanied by Dr Becky Peacock who project manages the restoration of Canadian Pacific and has already given a talk to the ACTIVE CITIZENS group about this work.
The visit was arranged to benefit the Mayor of Eastleigh Charities Appeal, so our fees were donated to the Appeal.
Society Diary Dates
Quiz & Curry
The Concorde Club, Tuesday, 28 May
Come and join us... Six people per team
7.30 for an 8.00pm start.
Grand Raffle & prizes for Quiz winners
£12 per person to include curry or vegetarian option. Book here:
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 sociable fun with food planned! Meet at 11.00 at the BBQ site.
Then we are walking to see the new Magical Garden created by tree sculptor Chris Bain, he has carved a Medieval fairy fantasy out of a huge 140 year old cedar tree that had been felled when it became diseased.
Games and lunch will follow. Grand raffle too. Bring your family, carers, friends and join us. Please let us know if you are coming so we can cater for you. Bookings are being recorded now.
Planning for the future
Royal Mencap are running a free seminar in Southampton in August for families and carers who want to secure future provision for their loved one.
To find out more, please visit: www.mencap.org.uk/willsandtrusts where you can also book your place at the seminar.
More Transformation at Grantham Green
Eastleigh Borough Council is continuing with the planned transformation of the park. The new features, a rock feature for climbing and additional stumps and wild flower turves for the stumpery, are in the south west corner of the park. They are just being installed and will be ready to view in a month or so.
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!
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meetings for 2019
Flagship Art Club
Plans for next year
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.
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).
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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