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.


  • Flagship Art Club winners - Marwell Wildlife Zany Zebra competition
  • Quiz at the Concorde Club, 19 April
  • Waitrose, Chandlers Ford - February Community Matters scheme
  • How to be an Effective Employer Workshops 2016
  • Netley Community Cafe
  • Assured Futures Club
  • Gardening Club - Pumpkin Triumph!
  • Adult Services - Working Together - November 16
  • Sad news...
  • Big 50 Paddle - fund raising for EBR Mencap!
  • New activities - football sessions and film courses!
  • Newsflash

What's been happening...

  • Annual Party and AGM on Saturday 14 November
  • Flagship Art Club Exhibition - 22 October
  • Chinese Cultural Festival - 3 July
  • Summer BBQ - 13 June
  • Longstock Park Water Garden
  • Colour Me Happy Fun Run

Vacancies, donations, membership and contact information

  • Localgiving donations
  • Membership
  • Wristbands


  • Art Club

...and Services

  • Active Citizens
  • Active Ability Football
  • Eastleigh Hot Shots (Basketball Club)
  • Chill Out Club
  • Gardening Club
  • Walking Group


Flagship Art Club winners - Marwell Wildlife Zany Zebra competition

Flagship Art Club members are delighted to announce that their design for the Zany Zebra competition, run by Marwell Wildlife, has been chosen as a winner!

The group  have been working hard over the last week to put their design on our life size zebra that Marwell Zoo has provided, ensuring it is painted all over and varnished in time for the trail, and on a miniature zebra to be used in the zoo trail.

All the painted zebras can be seen from 16 July - 25 September; these are the official dates of the Marwell's Zany Zebras trails (both in Southampton City Centre and at Marwell Zoo).

We are grateful to Lorica Insurance, our sponsors, for spotting the creative merit of our design. 

Jump Start Drama

There are four sessions left of our short drama project, led by Jump Start, a young theatre company of drama students from the University of Winchester.

  • Sessions: April 15, 22, 29 and May 6.
  • Fee £3. Venue – centre of Eastleigh. Day: Friday: 12.15 – 2.00pm.

More information...

Quiz at the Concorde Club, Eastleigh

The Concorde Club are hosting their regular quiz night in April to
benefit Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP. There will also be a really big raffle!
We hope that many of our members and friends will want to come along for a good night out and to support us. Fundraising is important to us as grants are becoming more difficult to find and our services depend on our ability to fundraise!

Waitrose, Chandlers Ford - February Community Matters scheme

If you are shopping in Chandlers Ford this month please note that we are one of the three charities nominated for the Waitrose Community Matters scheme. Please vote for us with your green tokens. 

How to be an Effective Employer Workshops 2016

For people who employ staff with Direct Payment funding in Hampshire. 

Independent Lives, in partnership with Hampshire County Council, is running free “How to be an Effective Employer” workshops.
Topics include:
  • Getting it right from the beginning (know your budget, costs and responsibilities)
  • Recruiting a Personal Assistant 
  • Induction, Staff Management and 
  • Supervision
Eastleigh – May 17, 10.00 - 2.30 Wells Place Centre, Wells Place
Romsey – Oct 5, 10.00 - 2.30 Room 1, Carers Together, 9 Love Lane.

Call or email to book your place: 01903 219482 advice@independentlives.org

Netley Community Cafe

Netley has a new addition to its community: The View Community Café.

The ACTIVE CITIZENS visited in January and enjoyed the refreshments and meeting Erin, the. project officer. The Café has a Disability Friendship Group from 11.00 to 13.00 on Mondays. There are also opportunities for people to volunteer in the Café. Why not visit if you are in the area?

Assured Futures Group

Next meeting: Wednesday March 30, at Wells Place Centre, 6.30 – 9.30pm. Please come along if this interests you, there is no obligation to join the group but many parents have found that they share the same concerns about the future and are pleased to find others with whom they can discuss their ideas.

Future Planning for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Are you concerned how your sons and daughters will manage 
without you?

A parents group has been set up to raise awareness about this and to find ways to prepare for a time when they may not be there to support them. Come along to the February meeting.

The group is looking to get support to establish 'Future Planning' as a priority area for the local Learning Disability Partnership Board. They are keen to involve more parents to develop this.

If you would like more information, contact  Michelle  023 8048 3471. If the phone is not answered leave your name and number, your call will be returned, or just use the Society email, as below. More information...

Aladdin Pantomime Trail at Hilliers

A group of 24 people went with us to Hilliers Arboretum in December to see the Panto trail that we helped to produce with artists from the Mayflower Theatre. We received a warm welcome from Hilliers staff and enjoyed exploring the trail. Hilliers tell us that 2,500 people took part in our trail. We are looking forward to running the project again this December.

Having a great day on the Pantomime Trail!

Gardening Club

Re-opens on the first day of Spring, Monday March 21, 2016.

There are two opportunities a week to work on site: 

  • Saturdays 10.00am -1.00pm and 
  • Mondays 1.00pm - 4.00pm. (Not Bank Holidays)

Fees this year are £5 per session.

Members of the Gardening Club are proud to show off the pumpkin they grew last year. Although we were very pleased with it, weighing in at 56 lbs, it was easily beaten by other pumpkins from West End Gardening & Allotment Association members whose pumpkins weighed over 100lbs!

Maria Dowding, our Gardening Club Co-ordinator, writes about last year’s progress and plans in the May 2015 Newsletter.

The 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...

Adult Services - Changes and meetings

Transformation 2017 (T17)

Adult Services are changing – come and find out about the changes and how you can be involved. This is a drop-in event but allow yourself time to find out what is going on. 

Drop in to find out – Friday January 29, 12.30 to 2.30pm, Wells Place Centre Sanctuary

The format is for the discussion of four different topics on four tables, with staff to ask and answer questions. You will be able to move from table to table and hear about each subject.

There will also be an event in Andover in early February and another in each of the four Local Implementation Group areas in Hampshire. 

Sad news...

We are sorry to say Goodbye to Dean Medley who died peacefully on September 21. Dean was one of the first members of the Chill Out Club in 2007 and attended regularly until ill health stopped him. He used to attend and contribute to EBR MENCAP Committee meetings with his father Alf, who was a Committee member. Together they were a great team in barbecue and buffet food preparations for our social events. Dean had a wicked sense of humour and he is missed.

EBR Mencap AGM and  Party

What a great time was had by all at our Annual Party and AGM on Saturday 14 November. DJ Ian entertained us throughout the evening, and everyone tried their luck at the Picture Quiz (thanks Janice!), before tucking into their fish and chip suppers. It was good to see so many of our friends, old and new, and we look  forward to seeing you again at our events, clubs and projects throughout 2016.

Welcome to Brian Holley ….

We are pleased to confirm that Brian Holley is joining us as our Treasurer, having been nominated at our AGM on 14 November. We are grateful to Henry Rau for stepping in to cover the role when our previous Treasurer resigned during 2015.

Flagship Art Club Exhibition

Thursday October 22
The Swan Room, Haskins Garden Centre, West End
Open to the public 10-11.30am &1-3.30pm

The Flagship Art Club started in January this year and our artists have been working hard on their different projects.  If you are free on Oct 22, why not come along and see their work and maybe meet a few of the artists.

We can still welcome new members, people should be serious about their art and want to learn and improve their skills. Flagship Art Club runs on Thursday mornings in West End.

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

Chinese Cultural Festival - huge success!

The Chinese Cultural Festival, held on Friday July 3 at the Pavilion in the Park, was a huge success with over 200 people attending. The Mayor of Eastleigh joined us and enjoyed the entertainment which was presented by the staff and students from the Confusius Institute at the University of Southampton, with visiting performers from Goldsmith’s College, London.

The audience watched various dances, including the dramatic Lion Dance, music recitals, a traditional Chinese Wedding ceremony and demonstrations of Tai Chi. There were opportunities for people to try out paper cutting art, playing Mah Jong, lucky knot tying, dressing up in Chinese costumes, learning Mandarin, seeing the tea making ceremony and tasting Chinese food. The staff and students were pleased to talk to everyone about their skills and talents, many participants were keen to join in with the activities and took souvenirs of the day away with them.

See flyer for more information... (pdf  )

Summer BBQ - Saturday, 13 June 2015 

Everyone had a wonderful time at our BBQ on 13 June at Royal Victoria Country Park. The weather was kind to us again this year, and all enjoyed the delicious food and good company. Thank you to everyone who joined us, and we look forward to seeing you all at our Annual Party on 14 November.

Big 50 Paddle

Lucy Briggs aims to raise funds for Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP this year by kayaking in three locations this year: up and down the Thames, around Venice and the Isle of Wight.

Lucy raised £810 for her first challenge of the year on April 19th when she paddled 26 miles from Tower Bridge to Chiswick and back again in the London Kayakathon. See May's Newsletter for Lucy's account of the day.

She has been kayaking 20 miles in Venice at the end of May and the final challenge will take place at the Isle of Wight later this year.

We are really proud that she has chosen to support our work.

Donations are required to provide continuing services. I've seen how much the charity is valued by the users, and know how much it needs the funds, as I used to be the Treasurer! If you want to sponsor me, please go to https://localgiving.com/fundraising/lucybriggs"

Please support Lucy if you can. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored her so far.

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 )


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).

What's been happening...

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!

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!

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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