Basingstoke Mencap

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Recent news


Variety Show

For Learning Disabilities week in June and In partnership with Fluid Motion, we staged our 1st variety show called “It’s Showtime” which showcased the talents of our leisure club members. It was staged at the Vyne Community School to a full house and the performers received a standing ovation.


BBQ at Malshanger

For many years, the May Club (one of our leisure clubs) has been invited by our life president to a BBQ at the Malshanger Estate and this year all of our clubs were involved. Many thanks are due to Lady Colman (our president) and to Graham Weller who provided the food.



We have just reached our 1st anniversary following the takeover of the former Shaw Trust horticulture project at South Ham.


Although finances are tight, through the support received from Basingstoke and Deane Council along with the enthusiasm and support of our staff and volunteers we have:-

  • quadrupled the number of service users taking advantage of the project
  • introduced an increased number of wooden products for the garden
  • more than trebled our sales of produce, plants and wooden items.



Since April 2016 we have received grants and donations including:-

  • £6000 from Basingstoke and Deane Council for the ASPIRE project
  • £5000 from Basingstoke and Deane Council for the GREENFINGERS project£
  • £1529 from HIWCF for the Youth Club
  • £1500 for the Kurling Club
  • £7000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation for the organisation’s running costs
  • £90 from the Knights of St Columba
  • £395 for uniforms for both leisure and GREENFINGERS.


Many thanks for all the support we receive without which we could not provide the breadth of activities we provide.



This new activity takes place most weeks between February and November and is designed to explore places using public transport (usually buses) so it is ideal for those who have a national bus pass. Subject to the weather, each outing includes an opportunity for a short walk and a picnic lunch.