Statement Regarding Funding Cuts by West Berkshire Council

The Trustees of West Berkshire Mencap are extremely concerned about recent misleading statements that have appeared in the press. We would like to set the record straight. ABOUT WEST BERKSHIRE MENCAP West Berkshire Mencap is a specialist charity with highly trained and dedicated staff, supported by a fantastic team of volunteers. This means it is …

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West Berkshire Mencap on BBC South Today

BBC South Today’s news yesterday featured a piece about the potential closure of our Children Services. Respite care cut for 7-year-old Estella”It’s like living in a warzone”. That’s how one Berkshire mum has described the struggle to look after her daughter who has serious health and learning difficulties. Helen Franklin from Newbury says she relies …

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Meeting to inform Parents & Carers about the Potential Closure of our Children Services

We have received a letter from West Berkshire Council giving us the statutory 6 months’ notice required to terminate all of their funding for our children’s short break funding. This means that, from 31st March 2016, all Children’s Services, except Bubble and Sibling Club, will close completely and staff will be made redundant. We would …

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Wildlife Observation Centre Coming Together

  If you have been following us on our social media, you may have seen that our horticultural therapy project for adults with learning disabilities called Growing4all has been building a Wildlife Observation Centre at their service. The Wildlife Observation Centre is nearly complete and we are really excited about the new opportunity it will …

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Gateway Committee Going From Strength to Strength

Have you heard of our Gateway Service? It has been running for many years and is for adults with learning disabilities to socialise, have new experiences and most importantly have lots of fun! We have three clubs in total, two fortnightly Tuesday evening clubs for our members who prefer small group work, which are run in Beenham …

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Well done to our Friendship Skills Group

Did you know we run a weekly group at West Berkshire Mencap for adults with learning disabilities, which is for our members who want to develop themselves and play a more active part in their local community? This service is called The Friendship Skills group. The Friendship Skills group has been running for a number of years, and …

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Annual Golf Day raises over £2000 for West Berkshire Mencap

Annual Golf Day raises nearly £3000 for West Berkshire Mencap Last week, West Berkshire Mencap held their annual Golf Day at Sandford Springs Golf Club on 23rd June to raise vital funds for their personalised services for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers. Eleven teams took part in the event to help raise funds for …

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Our Gateway Member Celebrates His 85th in Style

This month, a member of our Newbury Gateway Club received a lovely surprise. Alan has been attending Newbury Gateway Club, our weekly evening leisure club for adults with learning disabilities, for over twenty five years, making him the club’s longest attending member! Alan turned eighty five years old this month, and the staff and members …

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Our New Website Goes Live

We are excited to announce that we have a new website. The website has been updated to allow parents, carers and professionals to be able to easily find out about our vital services the charity provides, for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers.  The website not only has sections on the many different services …

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