Keynsham and District Mencap Society

A member of the Keynsham and Bath communities

About Keynsham and District Mencap Society

Keynsham & District Mencap work to improve the lives and opportunities of children and adults with a wide range of learning disabilities.

We offer a variety of social and leisure opportunities for children and adults.

We welcome members from BANES, Bristol and South Glos as well as some further afield and have a membership of over 150.

Members ages range from 5 – 18 years for junior clubs, and we run adult clubs for 18 years and over. The members have a broad range of needs and disabilities, including learning and physical disabilities, Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Attention Deficit Disorder.

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Keynsham Mencap Sponsored Cycle Walk and Push

Keynsham Mencap sponsored Walk, Cycle or Wheelchair Push is on Sunday 16th September from 10.30. Start at the Bird in Hand Pub finishing with a complementary lunch for all participants. Please email jane@keynshammencap.org.uk or call 01179865659 for your registration pack. It's a fun way to raise much needed funds.
When
16 Sep 2018 at 10:30am
until 16 Sep 2018 at 1:30pm
Where
44 Bath Hill
Keynsham
BS31 1HG

New Building Appeal - We're fundraising for a new home!

The Society’s Trustees are keen to continue to improve on our current offering by providing our existing and future members with more chances to gain new experiences, grow in confidence and be better equipped to deal with their day to day challenges. We want to provide a safe and secure environment in which to continue our support for local people that are affected by a wide range of learning disabilities.

We currently run 10 different projects offering over 150 adults and children, and their families, the same opportunities as their peers. Our individual clubs are held in many venues across Keynsham, Radstock and Bath, and with the future housing development plans of the local surrounding areas and the interest in providing additional services; we anticipate an increase in the demand for our provision. We have already seen our membership numbers increase in some of our clubs, making the necessity to seek alternative venues a greater priority.

To enable us to maintain our exceptional level of service it seems prudent that we obtain our own centre that can facilitate the need for further sessions for our members, our own hall space, office space and additional storage needs for our resources.

Over the past year we have set aside some funds and fund raised tirelessly, with additional fundraising initiatives and so far we have made great steps financially to achieving our goal; ‘To own a premises that will facilitate our existing projects and be suitable for expansion’. Our restricted fund has now reached £70k, however we still have some way to go in our desire to raise £250k by the end of 2019.

Once we have reached our target we will have enough funds behind us to, either adapt an existing building should it become available, or enable us to source the correct land/building in an area within Keynsham, central to our existing venues. To ensure we find the best solution for our existing needs, research is now being conducted to find either land for development or building for renovation.

Building on essential life skills, introducing more varied activities to our programme and increasing our support is in the forefront of everything we do. We enable our members to further develop the tools needed to become more self-sufficient and broaden their horizons. Thanks to the support they have received through our social clubs a number of our 18+ Club members now have the confidence to live independently in supported housing, work in employed or voluntary positions and enjoy meaningful relationships.

We're Celebrating

Saturday 16th June 1pm-6pm.

Great News! We are celebrating 40 years this year and we will be putting on a grand celebration event at the Keynsham Rugby Club. This is not a fundraiser it is purely a celebration of how far we have come and what we have achieved in our 40 years and it is an opportunity for us to say thank you to all our supporters past and present. There have been so many people over the years that have either given up their time to help our members, fund raised for us or have supported our fundraising efforts. We’ve got live music kids entertainment, BBQ and bar. Please save the date and help us celebrate!
When
16 Jun 2018 at 1:00pm
until 16 Jun 2018 at 6:00pm

Royal Wedding Party and Fete.

Celebrate with us and come along to our royal wedding family fete, its on 19th May at the Keynsham Scout Hut between 12pm and 4pm. Organised by our very own Student Volunteer Molly Hale. There will be lots of fun stalls, raffle, cakes, BBQ and refreshments and a prize for the best royal wedding inspired fancy dress costume. We are even going to attempt to watch the wedding live. Molly would be really grateful if anyone is free to help out for a couple of hours, please get in touch if you can help.
When
19 May 2018 at 12:00pm
until 19 May 2018 at 4:00pm
Where
44 Bath Hill
Keynsham
BS31 1HG

We're Collecting Tokens Again!

We have successfully registered for the Airbus Community Awards Scheme and are now in with a chance to win a share of £10,000.

Please help us and collect tokens from the Bristol Post; the top 10 groups with the most tokens will win a share of the awards money.

Tokens will be available in every edition for the next month; look out for bumper editions too!

We won £500 last year and the year before, so please help us to achieve this and more.

Just send the collected tokens in to the Mencap Office (44 Bath Hill Keynsham BS31 1HG) by Monday 19th March.

We can't wait to get 2018 started!

2018 is shaping up to be a great year, we've got lots to lookforward to.

We're busy planning our events calendar for 2018 and it's going to be jam packed with great fundraising events including the old favourites, the family fun afternoon, sponsored walk, and annual quiz, (with new improved questions). We’ve got lots to celebrate this year too, and we will want to shout about it. Want to know more? As soon as details are finalised you will be the first to know.

In the meantime, we’ve got some great volunteering opportunities.

Do you know anyone who would like to kick start 2018 with a new challenge? Maybe they would like to give volunteering a go! At Keynsham Mencap we have many different vacancies available; working with children or adults for just a couple of hours a week,either on a week day evening or a Saturday morning. We’re also looking for volunteers that could come and support our residential holidays over the summer months. Our volunteers encourage our members to join in and take part in a wide range of fun, interesting and exciting activities. Anyone who is interested in volunteering is welcome along to a taster session to find out more before they commit. They will be made to feel really welcome and there’s plenty of help and guidance available. It’s also a huge amount of fun!

We're also searching for a star!

We would really like to secure a new business partner to support us in our fundraising quests and awareness campaigning, do you know an organisation who would like to join us as our new corporate sponsor?

Please get in touch with either Laura@keynshammencap.org.uk or Amanda@keynshammencap.org.uk in the office, we 'd love to hear from you.

Thank you for making 2017 an awesome year!

We’ve had a busy 2017 with our fundraising and it’s been an awesome year we’ve beaten some of our targets and had fun doing it. We enjoyed hosting our first charity dinner and auction, we continued with the old favourites, the annual quiz (promise questions will be easier next year) sponsored walk and regular community events. We’ve been lucky that people have wanted to challenge themselves and run lots of miles to fund raise for us and that our younger volunteers have organised their own fundraising events in our honour. We received generous donations from individuals and businesses over the last 12 months which illustrates the huge support we have among our community.

Here’s the serious bit!! So we are completely self-funded and we need to raise over £160,000 each year to continue to operate as we do. Mainly we do this through grant applications, our fundraising events and the support of our community. This figure is only going to increase, as next year brings more exciting activities that will make our offering rock even more! So watch this space!

It’s reassuring to know we can count on you as we continue with our journey. You’re really helping to put Keynsham and District Mencap Society on the map.

If you have any friends or family members that would like to get involved please forward this message; they are welcome to sign up by using this link Sign up today

Come and join us for a cuppa

On Saturday 25th November between 11am and 1pm we will be hosting a Mencap Big Tea Party at the Fear Institute, High Street, Keynsham. This is a National Mencap Event and Mencap Groups all over the country have been hosting their Tea parties. It’s a chance to raise awareness of the great work our groups do and a chance to meet some of the amazing people that are involved in our societies.

Our members will be serving teas and coffees and more delicious cakes. Why not pop down to say hello and support our charity, maybe even meet some of our Trustees that we have introduced to you this week via our Facebook and Twitter campaign celebrating National Trustees Week.
When
25 Nov 2017 at 11:00am
until 25 Nov 2017 at 1:00pm
Where
Fear Institute,
High Street
Keynsham
BS31 1HG

Lets get Quizical!!

Please come along to our annual quiz night. It promises to be a fun evening testing your trivia knowledge, there will also be Bingo, a Raffle, licenced bar and snacks.

Tickets are £5.00 per person for maximum teams of 6 people.

You can contact Amanda on the Keynsham Mencap Facebook page, email amanda@keynshammencap.org.uk or call 0117 986 5659 now.

You can also buy your tickets online via https://keynshamtickets.cloudvenue.co.uk/ there will be a small booking fee.

visit our website www.keynshammencap.org.uk/events/ for more information.

Tickets are limited so please book now to avoid disappointment.
When
11 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm
until 11 Nov 2017 at 10:30pm
Where
Keynsham Scout Hut
Ashton Way
Keynsham

Please vote for us

We are currently ranking number 29 in the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards Scheme. If you have voted already thank you, if you haven’t done so but have a couple of minutes spare please could you vote for us, and please get your friends and family to vote for us too.

We could be awarded £10K from the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards Scheme that will go towards a new project we want to launch later this year.

Please click on this link and search for Music Man Project.

Also, before you go... voting is open for the Just Giving Charity of the Year 2017 this is really quick, please grab another coffee and vote for us here too

Click on the link and search Keynsham Mencap