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



Society Diary Dates

  • December 7, 8 and 9 - St James Church West End, Christmas Tree. Festival – look out for the Flagship Art Club entry.
  • December 15 – Final Basketball Session of the year with Julia. 
  • December 15 -  11.00am–12.30pm Gardening Club Winter Meet.
  • January 7, 2019 - Monday 1.00pm - 2.30pm GC Winter Meet .
  • January 7 2019 – First Group A Chill Out Club night of the year.
  • February 2, 2019 - Saturday 11.00am – 12.30pm GC Winter Meet.

Christmas Tree Festival

The theme this year is “Through the Ages”

December 7 (Friday), 8 (Saturday) and 9 (Sunday)

St James Church, Church Hill, West End, SO30 3LT. Go along to see the Flagship Art Club members’ designed Christmas Tree!


Society Volunteers needed

Christmas Coin Collection - Are you free on Saturday, 8th December?


We are holding a Christmas Coin Collection outside a local supermarket. If you would like to join us and help support the society in this way, please contact Michelle on 023 8048 3471 or talk to her in person.

Grow your Tenner – Remember this?
It’s back but it is different…
 The day the matching starts is December 11, AFTER 10.00am.

Local giving, the fundraising website, are offering matching funds to support charities but this year it is only about regular monthly donations. Direct debits must be set up to give monthly donations to the charity for a year and the last 6 donations will be matched. 


If you sign up to give 12 monthly donations of £10, you will pay £120 over the year (maybe plus Gift Aid) and we will receive £180, as Local Giving will match fund the last six months’ donations.


Local Giving has £100,000 to give away. They will not be matching any one off donations of £10.

https://localgiving.org/  general page with instructions on how to participate.
https://localgiving.org/charity/ebrmencap/ - our page where you sign up to donate.

Eastleigh Hot Shots


We are delighted to welcome Julia Tucker-Blackford our new Basketball coach.  We are recruiting new members now. If you are interested in becoming an Eastleigh Hot Shot, contact the office.

Sessions are once a fortnight at the Sports Hall, Wyvern Community College in Fair Oak. Arrive by 9.50am. 

Join Michelle on the Bluestar No 2 bus from Eastleigh Bus station to Fair Oak, leaving around 8.55am. You will arrive in good time and have a chance to have a drink before we warm up and play.


Goodbye, Alan!

We are very sorry to say "Goodbye" to our long term and very brilliant basketball coach, Alan Cunningham. He left us officially at the end of September but may stand in occasionally. 


Chandlers Ford Charities Christmas Fayre

Our thanks to Elaine, Peter and Jacqui for again representing us at the Chandlers Ford Fayre, collecting items for sale and presenting them so beautifully. This is an important event for us, not only because of the opportunity to raise money for the society but also because we meet the local residents of Chandlers Ford who have supported us so well over many years.


Annual Party & AGM 10 November 2018

After our Annual General Meeting and review of our work and challenges of the past year, we had a great party. We were the adopted charity of the Southampton and District Motorcycle Club in 2018 and we were delighted to receive a cheque from their Secretary. The sum donated had been raised through a number of motor cycle challenges by different club members. Many thanks to the club members for their effort and generosity. 

Gardening Club


Please note change of date for the Christmas session - now 15 December 2018 (not 8th December)


Dates of Gardening Club Winter Meets... 

The Mayor of Eastleigh’s Appeal

The Mayor of Eastleigh Fundraising Appeal has a calendar of exciting events which we can enjoy.


Gospel Phonics – Concert on December 8 at All Saints Church, Desborough Road. 3.00 pm. No entrance fee. Raffle.

Open Day at Eastleigh Railway Works for Eastleigh Borough and Romsey MENCAP Members only. This will happen on a Saturday in April 2019.

More details when they are confirmed

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: Date to be confirmed

Have your say...

The proposed closure of Orchard Close Respite Service, Hayling Island

Hampshire County Council Adult Services Consultation open until 21 December, 2018.

This is a public consultation to seek the views of service users and other interested stakeholders on proposals to close Orchard Close, with a view to providing more personalised and tailored respite solutions to those people who currently use the service.”


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).


December 2018 - Download the latest newsletter here
Newsflash 123 - December 2018.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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Phone: 02380 483471 .. Email: ebr.mencap@ntlworld.com .. Registered Charity Number 263620 .. affiliated to Royal MENCAP Society