Come and join us at The Keynsham Music Festival on Sunday 2nd July 2017

We will be raising money and just as important; raising awareness of our charity within the community with a tombola stall. It’s the Keynsham Music Festival’s 25th anniversary so it’s sure to pull in the crowds and promises to be an awesome event that we’re really excited to be part of. If you have a spare couple of hours and would like to help us out please get in touch with Amanda or make your way to the Keynsham Memorial Park on Sunday 2nd July, we will be there from 11.30am till 9.00pm. Be great to see you! Of course no tombola is complete without an array of must have prizes so if you have any unwanted gifts, toiletries or food stuff please bring them into the office by Friday 30th June. All donations greatly received.

Annual General Meeting

The Key Centre, Charlton Road, Keynsham.
Thursday 15th June 2017.
6:00pm start.

Please come and join us to hear about all the things we have achieved over the last year, what our plans are going forward and to help us identify areas for development. The meeting is a chance for you to give your feedback about the Society and the activities and opportunities it has provided for members and their families.

As the Society continues to broaden its’ activities, it is really important that all members and their families become involved in shaping its future. Many of our members join as juniors and progress to the other clubs as they get older. We need those members’ families to take an interest so that the Society can go from strength to strength in future years. If you feel that you might be interested in joining the Trustees, why not give it a go! We are keen to recruit new trustees to help us move forward and we would like to hear from anyone that is interested in getting involved. If you would like an informal chat to our Chair or one of our Trustees before you decide then get in touch. Please do consider joining us to help protect the long term future of our Society.

In order to help parents of younger members to attend the meeting, childcare facilities are available at our Keynsham Juniors group meeting at Somerdale Pavilion (BS31 2FW) between 5:45 – 7:15pm, so drop your children off and do come along!
(Please call/email Laura to confirm names/numbers so that we can ensure we have sufficient support staff in place).

 Committee members for the forthcoming year will be elected on the night. If you would like to put your name forward, you can download a nomination form here.

Festival of Fun at Bath City Farm 21st May 2017

Wellies were an option but we really didn’t need them; after a week of rain the sun shone on the right day.  Bath City Farm were great hosts for our family festival of fun they were very accommodating and nothing was too much trouble.  

We raised just over £500 on the day and everyone who attended enjoyed the fab music that Barry Hollyman played from his disco.  The barbequed to perfection burgers and sausages went down well with a cool refreshing drink.  

We had an overwhelming amount of support from willing volunteers who, without their help and enthusiasm we would not of had such a successful day.  

There was something for everyone at our festival of fun, from face painting, to beat the goalie, the teddy tombola, hook a duck and lucky dip, not forgetting the bouncy castle. 

We welcomed around 100 people to the farm that day and everyone enjoyed a taste of summer in the idyllic setting that the farm has to offer.  

Clown Bert entertained the crowds with his tantalising magic, silly  jokes and awesome balloon making, the kids thought he was ace.  

Once again we were supported by local businesses and had some great raffle prizes that included vouchers for spa days, hairdressers and simply carpets, toys and much more. 

Although our events are important fund raisers for the society that isn’t the only reason we enjoy holding them; it’s also a chance to meet up with friends and have fun.  We hope those that came along had a great time and will spread the word and bring more friends to our next event. Check out our Facebook page for the photos. 

Crowd funding appeal to send 12 people to watch the Special Olympics in August 2017.

Our members committee have put forward a suggestion for a group of our members to have the opportunity to go to the Special Olympics that are being held in Sheffield in August.  We took some members to the Games in 2013 and they loved it and were really inspired by it. This would be a fantastic opportunity for 12 of our members, who are keen to watch their peers take part in accessible sporting activities.  The Games welcome over 5,000 family members and friends to the stands to cheer on and celebrate the athletes, we would love for our members to be part of the excitement of this fantastic event.  For some this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity, a trip like this will encourage our members to think about healthy living and exercise, it is an incredibly important part of the charity activity; educating members on the importance of looking after themselves physically, whilst making it fun and engaging. Therefore we have set up a crowd funding page on two online fundraising providers.  

We would be really grateful if you were able to help make this happen, we have set a target of £750 to enable their travel and accommodation costs to be subsidised, if you would like to donate you can do so  via our JustGiving or Localgiving pages.  


Start fundraising with JustGiving

Airbus Community Award 2017 – Runners up for second year in a row

A massive thank you to all who collected the Tokens from the Bristol Post last month.  The awards ceremony was held on Wednesday 5th April 2017 at Airbus in Filton.

One of our committee members William Marsh attended the ceremony with his carer Helen Hill and accepted the award of £500 on our behalf.  They enjoyed Airbus’s hospitality of coffee and pastries and got to meet other community groups, all working hard to make a difference within their own communities. 

We collected over 48,000 tokens in total, which is a huge effort by everyone who was involved.  This was a great activity to be involved in as not only did we obtain a share of the £10,000 award money but we were also able to raise awareness of our charity among the community.

We are really grateful to everyone who supported our charity by collecting tokens.  Thank you!

Collect your Tesco Tokens and support us while you shop in store

Our application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme has been successful and our project called ‘Nurture and Grow the Community’ A project were our members will have the opportunity to help Keynsham in Bloom tend to an area of land in Keynsham and improve it through planting flowers and garden maintenance; it will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores during March and April 2017.

Our project along with two other successful projects in our region will go forward to a vote in Tesco stores where customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take place from Wednesday 1st March to Saturday 29th April. The project with the highest number of votes across our region will receive up to £5,000, the second placed project up to £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000.

To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction then please pop it in the stand situated near the entrance of the store.

Here is a list of all the stores that are taking part.  Please pass on to your friends and family if they shop in any of these Tesco stores.





Help! We Need Your Support NOW to Win a Share of £10,000

Last year we asked our supporters to collect tokens from the Bristol Post to enable us with a chance to win part of a £10,000 award.
Well, it’s that time of year again and we have been lucky enough to be in with another chance to win a share of £10,000 through the Bristol Post and Airbus Community Awards.
Please help us again; all you need to do is buy a paper and collect the tokens and send them in to me at the office. They are available now in the Bristol Post papers and are printed every day until 20th March.
Last year we won £500. This year wouldn’t it be great if we won more?
Please send all your collected tokens into the office by 20th March.
Please Look out for special editions!
For anyone who is in the center of Bristol, they are giving out the paper free by the train station and by Tesco Express on Broadmead,
We would be grateful if you could pass on to your friends family and colleagues.
Thank you for supporting our charity


Winter Extravaganza 2017

Keynsham and District Mencap Society beat the winter blues with our Winter Extravaganza  –  Charity Dinner and Auction.

On Saturday 4th February 2017 we hosted  our first independent Charity Dinner and Auction at the Saltford Golf Club in Saltford.  The event raised in excess of £3500, and was held in aid of the Society’s New Building Appeal.

130 guests arrived promptly at 7pm and were greeted with a warm welcome and a glass of prosecco, as the guests found their way to their tables live Jazz was performed exquisitely by Nicki Jefferis.  The men were very smartly dressed in black tie and the ladies looked stunning in their evening dresses.

11 auction items had been generously donated by local organisations and they included, hot air balloon ride for 2, donated by Rotork Fluid Systems.  2 tickets to the England V’s Scotland RBS 6 Nations Rugby Game, at Twickenham on 11th March, donated by Knightsbridge Personal and Corporate Solutions.  An overnight Stay for Two with Dinner Bed and Breakfast at the Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, Newport, sponsored by Barratt Homes.  1 Day race meeting ticket for 2 Adults, courtesy of Castle Combe. A case of wine, sponsored by St Monica’s Trust.  3 Course Sunday Lunch for 2, at the Michelin Starred Pony and Trap Chew Magna, courtesy of The Pony and Trap.  A bottle of House of Commons Claret signed by David Cameron and Michael Gove, kindly donated by Bob Goodman.  A case of wine, donated by Toplink Envelopes Ltd.  2 tickets to a Bath Rugby Home Game with hospitality in the President’s Lounge, courtesy of Bath Rugby Club. Canal boat ride for 10 people with afternoon tea donated by Tim Warren and finally a round of golf for 4 people courtesy of Mike Penn at the Saltford Golf club.

The catering services were provided by Haywood’s Kitchen who are based at Saltford Golf club, they were very professional, friendly and accommodating, the sumptuous 3 course meal was delicious and washed down with refreshing house wine kindly sponsored by Persimmon Homes.

The evening also included a raffle, the generosity of local businesses was overwhelming, prizes included a gift voucher from Reflections Hair Salon in Keynsham, a family day ticket to Avon Valley Country Park, afternoon tea at the Pump Room Bath, a family pass for the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery, unlimited rides voucher for Weston-Super-Mare Pier, plus bottles of wine donated by regular friends of the society including Eveleighs Estate Agents.

Michael Ashbee of Davies and Way provided his expert services of auctioneer and he kept the guests buzzing and raising their bids.

Among the corporate guests at the Keynsham and District Mencap Society Charity Auction were iTeam Solutions from Saltford, VansGB of Bath and Toplink Envelopes Ltd.

The evening’s events were rounded off with some floor filling tunes courtesy of Delboy Entertainments, a regular DJ with Keynsham and District Mencap Society events, always guaranteed to play music to get everyone up dancing.

The event was called A Winter Extravaganza and it certainly lived up to its name, warming everyone up on a chilly February evening.  A great time was had by all,  and the question was asked ‘When’s the next one?   ..and ‘Next time I’m bringing two tables of guests with me!’

Checkout our facebook photo album for all the photos of the night courtesy of  Rachael Caitlin Photography.

Our big  2017/18 fundraising objective is to raise funds to enable us to obtain our own centre, this has become a necessity, as the individual clubs are held in numerous venues across Keynsham, Radstock and Bath, as the local area continues to grow it is anticipated that there will be an increase in the demand for the provision.  “If we remain as we are this will become a logistical challenge, therefore to enable us to keep costs down and continue to enhance our provision it seems prudent that we obtain our own centre which can facilitate our desire for additional sessions for our members, our own hall space, office space and extra storage needs. “ Said  Lisa O’Brien our Chair.

We provide essential support to over 150 adults and children for their social, emotional, and educational needs via our weekly social and sports clubs, one off events, minibreaks and holidays.   Members have a range of learning disabilities; conditions such as Downs Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Asperger’s Syndrome, and  Autism. Some of the members also have physical disabilities.  The clubs offer a fully inclusive programme of leisure activities targeted to different age groups all aimed at providing local people with learning disabilities the same opportunities as their peers.

Over the years our offering has grown, and we now run nine projects in total, four projects are aimed at children aged 5-18, a ‘Go Explore’ club for 18-25 year olds, specifically targeted at providing age-appropriate support and encouragement into adulthood while the 18+ Club, the cornerstone of its provision is the largest with a membership of 75 plus a waiting list. There are three vital sports groups, football, fitness and boccia all providing regular exercise, support and advice in order to promote a healthier lifestyle.

All these clubs provide fun activities that encourage social development with the chance to meet and make friends in a safe and secure environment whilst also enabling valuable respite for parents and careers.

“Not only do we want everything under one roof but we also want to expand even further and provide supplementary day time activities alongside the evening and weekend pursuits. By achieving this goal we can make even more of a difference to our members’ lives.” Lisa added.

2017 Calendars on Sale Now

2017 Calendars are now on sale from the office or your club leader they’re priced at £7.99 and each month is jam packed with photos of our members enjoying their favorite activities.  They would make an ideal Christmas present. Get in touch now to order yours.


Opportunities for children and adults with Learning Disabilities