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



Eastleigh Hot Shots Basketball Club!

"A big Thank You to Magic Little Grants which has provided a grant to employ our basketball coach for one year. Magic Little Grants are administered by Localgiving and the Postcode Community Trust"


Michelle, May 2019

The Mayor of Eastleigh’s Appeal

Eastleigh Railway Works - in the sheds Eastleigh Railway Works - in the sheds

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. 



Eastleigh Railway Works - Canadian Pacific Wheels Eastleigh Railway Works - Canadian Pacific Wheels



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. 


Mayor's appeal Facebook page...

Society Diary Dates

  • May 28, 2019 – The Concorde Club Quiz for EBR MENCAP Society, this is OUR big annual fundraising night – we hope you and your family, colleagues and friends will come along to support us! This is a fun night for everyone.
  • June 29, 2019 – SATURDAY 11.00 onwards Day in the Park with games and barbecue at Royal Victoria County Park, Netley.
  • Temporary Closure of Gardening Club
    No Gardening Club on Saturday, 3 August and Monday, 5 August


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

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

Day in the Park BBQ Day in the Park BBQ


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. 

  • Date: Wednesday 21 August 2019
  • Location: Holiday Inn Southampton, Herbert Walker Avenue, Southampton, SO15 1AG
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm

To find out more, please visit: www.mencap.org.uk/willsandtrusts where you can also book your place at the seminar.


Spring Coffee Morning


This event was organised by our ACTIVE CITIZENS group and raised £280 for the Mayor of Eastleigh’s Charities Appeal. Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to its success.  Well done to the ACTIVE CITIZENS

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.


Gardening Club


It's now the start of the growing season at the allotments for our Gardening Club.  We are looking forward to what the year has in store for us.


Vacant Lot!


At the moment we still have some raised beds available, should anyone else like to join us this year and learn to grow their own food.  Just call the office, leave your name and number and we will let you know the times of the Gardening Club and tell Maria to expect you!

Garden Club Swiss Chard raised bed Garden Club Swiss Chard raised bed

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!

Thank you to Waitrose, Romsey, and their customers


Cheque received from Waitrose customers Cheque received from Waitrose customers



Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP was featured as one of the three charities included in Waitrose Romsey’s Community Matters campaign early in 2019.
Thanks to everyone who voted for us. We were delighted to receive a cheque for £270 from Debbie, their Community Matters Co-ordinator. 


Leckford donation - Waitrose Community Matters Leckford donation - Waitrose Community Matters

Leckford Donation

Committee member, Henry Rau accepts a donation cheque from the Waitrose Community Matters Scheme at Leckford.


These donations are a really important part of our funding each year and we are grateful to the companies who accept our nominations and to the public who vote for 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

NST CITY’s First Birthday Party NST CITY’s First Birthday Party

NST CITY’s First Birthday Party
Members of Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP were invited to the Nuffield Theatre City‘s first birthday party on February 16.


We were involved in a theatre project with the Nuffield as our partner from 2015 to 2018 and were at the launch of the new theatre last year.  


Members enjoying NST CITY’s First Birthday Party Members enjoying NST CITY’s First Birthday Party


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

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: Tuesday, 2 April
People's Postcode Lottery logo People's Postcode Lottery logo

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).


May 2019 - Download the latest newsletter here
Newsflash 128 - May 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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