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
Visit to Eastleigh Railway Works - Saturday Morning - 27 April 2019
Final Chance - Just a few places left!!
Join us for our visit to Eastleigh RAILWAY WORKS in support of the Mayor of Eastleigh’s Charities Appeal.
Eastleigh Railway Works were opened by The London and South Western Railway (LSWR) as a carriage and wagon works in 1891. In 1910, locomotive building was transferred to the new workshops at Eastleigh from Nine Elms in London and this caused the town to expand and develop as railway workers and engineers needed homes nearby. We will have the chance to look at some historic locomotives and to see this impressive industrial site.
Do not miss this visit if you love railways and engines!
Cost £7.50 per person. Essential support can attend for the same price.
Please make a booking and pay your fee to book your place. Details of where to meet and dress code will be supplied when payment is made.
The Mayor of Eastleigh’s Appeal
The Mayor of Eastleigh Fundraising Appeal has a calendar of exciting events which we can enjoy.
Society Diary Dates
Quiz & Curry
The Concorde Club, Tuesday, 28 May
Have you got your team together yet? Six people per table, book now to avoid disappointment!
7.30 for an 8.00pm start.
Grand Raffle & prizes for Quiz winners
Book your tickets through the Concorde Club’s website. £12 per person to include curry or vegetarian option. Please mention dietary requirements when booking.
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 fun and games planned, with food…
In the past we have just had a barbecue and it has often felt a bit rushed, people arrive before the food is served and only stay to eat and then disappear. We would like this to be a more sociable event. Bring your family, carers, friends and join us. The weather is going to be beautiful…promise!
More details in May’s newsletter.
We were delighted to welcome The Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Bruce Tennent, who spoke about the four charities which would benefit from his appeal, people from one of these charities, the Hedge End Opportunities Group joined us.
Supporters brought donations for our Jewellery and Hobbies stalls and the Drinks Tombola as well as baking delicious cakes that were served by our WI supporters with morning coffee. Thank you to everyone for your generosity and great support!
Flagship Art Club Exhibition
This year’s Exhibition was held at the Coffee Morning so that more people could see our work.
Our artists produced another stunning collection of work from their meetings over the last eighteen months.
There are eleven members and each person has developed an individual style.
The exhibition showcased individual pieces but also work completed collaboratively by the whole group.
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!
Vote for us!
Waitrose Green tokens in Romsey
We have been chosen as one of the three charities selected for support by the partners in the Waitrose Romsey Store. If you are in Romsey and shopping at Waitrose please vote for us.
These community contributions are vital to us to keep our clubs running. None of our clubs are fully self supporting so we need additional cash to be able to run them.
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: email@example.com
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.
Our members receive a regular copy of our newsletter,Newsflash, either by email or post, and news of all new projects and opportunities. More about becoming a member...