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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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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Thank you to Rosie and Andy

This weekend Rosie and Andy, two of our lovely supporters, will be taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of our much needed services. We would like to wish them both loads of luck and thank them again for their kindness. We will be thinking of you both and look forward to hearing about …

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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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Thank You to our British London 10K Runners

We would like to thank the six lovely runners who ran in aid of us in the British London 10K on Sunday 12th July. We really appreciate your enthusiasm in supporting our local services, and all your hard work in collecting sponsorship and training for the event! Thank you also to Gill and Graeme Leech who …

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Thank You to Newbury Ladies Football Club and The Starting Gate

We would like to say a huge thank you to Newbury Ladies Football Club and The Starting Gate, who kindly held an event in aid of us earlier this year that raised £250 for our vital services for local people with learning disabilities and their families and carers! Thank you so much for your hard …

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Thank you to Newbury Rotary Club

We would like to say a huge thank you to Newbury Rotary Club who presented us with a cheque for £700 for our vital services at their Boules in the Square 2015 event on Sunday 28th June. We really appreciate their kindness and generosity. A team of our staff, volunteers and supporters took part in the …

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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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