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. We are affiliated to the national Royal Mencap Society. You can see news and events on this page, and much more information about what we do can be found in these web pages.


  • Gardening Club - official start date - Monday, 16 March 2015
  • New Year, new activities - football sessions and film courses!
  • New Art Club
  • Limelight Local - New Project in 2015
  • Waitrose Community Matters - February 2015
  • Newsflash

What's been happening...

  • Annual Party and AGM
  • Longstock Park Water Garden
  • Summer BBQ
  • Colour Me Happy Fun Run
  • SCOUT ADVENTURE - A Triumph for the Dreamers!

Vacancies, donations, membership and contact information

  • Localgiving donations
  • Membership
  • Wristbands


  • Limelight Local - The Dreamers
  • Flagship Art

...and Services

  • Active Citizens
  • Active Ability Football
  • Art Club
  • Basketball Club
  • Chill Out Club
  • Gardening Club
  • Walking Group


Gardening Club 

First work session 16 March 2015!

16 March 2015 is the official start of the Gardening Club this year and Monday afternoon will be the Club’s first work session. Any new or prospective members should get in touch with me as soon as possible.  Existing members should just turn up on the day.

Our Gardening Club is for adults with learning disabilities who want to 'grow their own' and have a real interest in or love of horticulture. Read more...

New Year, new activities...

Football coaching sessions

We are delighted to be working with Active Nation and Sport works to offer some football coaching sessions for people with disabilities in the borough of Eastleigh. Sessions start on 26 February  at Fleming Park Leisure Centre (taster session 16 February, Southampton Sports Centre). Open to everyone over 18 who has a learning disability. Let us know if you are interested! 

More about Active Ability Football on Our Services page... 

Active Ability Football poster... (pdf )

Film courses

Six week film courses from 26 January, call the office to book your place

New Art Club

  • We are running our new ART CLUB on Thursdays for people who have a serious interest in art and want to improve their skills.
  • Creative activity for MENCAP member relatives - 10 week programme.

Please contact Michelle on 023 8048 3471 or by email, to book your place. Read more about the Art Club...


Our newsletter, Newsflash, contains information about local and national initiatives, and about our activities.

Download the latest newsletter here (pdf )

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).

Waitrose Community Matters

This February we have been nominated as one of three charities to benefit from Waitrose’s generosity. Please, if you are shopping at Waitrose in
Chandlers Ford, make sure you collect a green token and vote for us. We will receive a share of the £1,000 given away by Waitrose in February. All donations help us: to pay for transport for Chill Out Club members, to support the Gardening Club or to hire the venue for the Basketball Club.

What's been happening...

Celebration Event October 2014

The Flagship Art Celebration Event was held on 23 October 2014 in the Swan Room at Haskins Garden Centre in West End. The exhibition of work was open to the public from 10.00 to 11.15am and from 12.30 to 5.00pm. See Event poster... (pdf )

Read more about Flagship Art...

Limelight Local - The Dreamers

The last LIMELIGHT LOCAL course has started, ending with a performance at the Berry Theatre on 25 March. Call to find out more...023 8048 3471 (leave a message if there is no answer).

Limelight Local is a personal development course for young people (18-30 years) with learning disabilities and young people who have been unemployed for more than three months.  More about The Dreamers...

Annual Party and AGM 

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Annual Party and AGM on 22 November 2014 at The Cranbury Centre. It was good to see so many of our members, and a great time was had by all, dancing to DJ Nicki, and having a go at the Wii Cow Racing!

Thanks also go to the committee members and helpers in arranging the food, drinks and entertainment.

Longstock Park Water Garden

Open by kind permission of the John Lewis Partnership

Longstock Park Water Garden was open to the public on behalf of Eastleigh Borough and Romsey MENCAP on Sunday, 1 June.

What a glorious afternoon! The garden looked stunning in the sunshine, and it was great to see so many of you there, enjoying a relaxing stroll by the water. Thank you for coming along, and for helping us to raise a massive £3300!

Summer BBQ

We were blessed with a day of perfect weather on 28 June in spite of the forecast,which had threatened rain and thunder storms all week for our chosen day.

Sixty people attended and some enjoyed a short walk around the Royal Victoria Country Park before the barbecue. We had a range of dips while the burgers were cooking and then home made salads, sausages and burgers and tempting desserts.

Colour Me Happy Fun Run

Our thanks to Ben's Team (Ben, Thibaut, Fi and Ed) who ran in the Colour Me Happy Fun Run in Portsmouth on Sunday, 29 June and raised around £400 on our behalf. Well done, Team!


Before...                                                                                   ...and after!

What a triumph!


On Wednesday April 2 our young adults’ integrated theatre group, The Dreamers, gave the only public performance of their show SCOUT ADVENTURE to a large and enthusiastic audience.

After the show… The cast with the Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Malcom Cross

Vacancies, donations, membership and contacts

Did you know that you can donate to Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP via Localgiving (http://localgiving.com/charity/ebrmencap)? It's quick and easy, and UK taxpayers can opt to offer Gift Aid too.

EBR MENCAP Wristbands

Have you seen the latest fashion accessory, available from EBR MENCAP? They are a great way to show your support, and only cost £1 each. There are three colours - burgundy, bottle green and white, each sporting a different slogan, PARTICIPATE, RESPECT and ENJOY. Why not get all three so that you can mix and match?

The wristbands are a fundraising idea to help support us financially and will be on sale at all our events and projects in the coming months. Grab them while you can!


Our members receive a Newsflash nine times a year, either by email or post, and news of all new projects and opportunities. More about becoming a member...

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