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Come and work for us and help us to provide social opportunities for people with learning disabilities.
We are looking to recruit for the following positions:

Go Explore Club Leader

Go Explore Social Club for Young Adults with Learning Disabilities

Go Explore Club is a social club for young adults with learning disabilities, offering them an opportunity to meet up with friends, take part in activities and access the local community. The successful candidate will plan and deliver weekly activities for the members to take part in.

The club leader will be required to produce a programme of suitable activities on a 6 week basis. To book and arrange any facilities, transport, equipment, facilitators as needed and to include community based activities within the programme to promote positive inclusion.

The role will require overseeing the volunteer helpers, helping guiding and motivating them to setting a positive example.

The successful candidate should have a good knowledge of a wide range of learning disabilities and previous experience of working in this sector.

A driver with their own transport, and willing to undergo minibus driver training is strongly preferred.

Hours: Wednesday evening 6.45pm – 9.15pm, plus paid preparation time per week, flexible to suit. (Total 5 hours a week)
Pay: £11 hour

Application for Employment

Job Description

We’re Recruiting! Music Project and Community Gardening Initiative


We are looking for someone with musical skills and knowledge that can lead a new music project for people with learning disabilities.

You will need to be enthusiastic, fun, and patient, and have the ability to deliver enjoyable and engaging music experiences for the group members.

Complete teaching resources, strategies, sheet music, handbook and song album provided as well as mentoring and support from the project founder and volunteer helpers.

 4 hrs p/w. Saturday 10:00 – 1:00, plus an additional 1 hour of paid preparation time.

 £12 hour

You can download an application form here



We are looking for a person with gardening skills and experience that can oversee our new project; supporting people with learning disabilities to make over and maintain a communal garden area.

You will need to be passionate about gardening and have vision and creativity. You must also be able to encourage and support our members to be included fully with the project.

3 hrs p/w flexible for 25 weeks.

£12 hour.

You can download an application form here

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.

Situations Vacant

We have two job vacancies that we are currently looking to fill.

We have a vacancy for an Activity Co-ordinator/Club Leader to run our Go Explore Club, a weekly social club for young adults.

We are also recruiting a Deputy Play Leader to assist in delivering activities at our Keynsham Junior Club for children.

Applicants for both are invited to email their CV and covering letter to 

Applicants are welcome to contact us with any queries.activity-co-ordinator-required


Mencap Jubilee Celebration – Celebrating 50 Years of the Gateway Federation

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2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Gateway Federation, which was designed to bring like minded groups together to provide regular social and leisure opportunities for people with a learning disability. The federation sits under the leisure arm of Mencap.

To mark the occasion local Mencap groups across the country hosted events and parties. We held a giant party at Avon Valley Country Park on Sunday 12th June for our members, people with a learning disability and their families, staff and volunteers from the Society, as well as guests from other local Mencap groups across Bath and Bristol.
We were pleased to welcome some valued guests and supporters from the local community including Alan Hale – Chair for BathNES Council, Eveleigh’s Estate Agents, iTeam Solutions, and members from Keynsham Town Council.

The sun shone as over 300 guests joined together and enjoyed a BBQ, live music, pet’s corner, tractor rides and giant play barn.

We’d like to say thank you to local Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Waitrose stores who donated food for the BBQ, to our chefs Russ and Nick who worked tirelessly to feed everybody and to Avon Valley for allowing us use of the park and being so helpful.


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In addition to the big party, some local groups were asked to be part of a video showing people celebrating the different decades from the 60’s to the present day. We held a 90’s party in May, and had a great time dressing up. Our members and volunteers really got into the spirit of the evening with people dressed in 90’s fashion, as pop stars, actors and tv/film characters from the era.

Magical Evening at the Circus

Children from across the Society, along with family, and staff and volunteers, enjoyed a magical evening at the circus thanks to Circus Starr.

Circus Starr is a unique, travelling circus designed especially for children with additional needs. It aims to make the circus accessible and enjoyable for all.

Local businesses sponsor the tickets, meaning they are given to charities, schools and families at no charge. The children all had a super evening and enjoyed seeing all the different acts.

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Football League Results

Our football team have now competed in their last fixture of the season in the Somerset FA Disability Counts League.

A Team were runners up in their division, only just surrendering their title to FC1610 United, who won their very last match of day, thus scoring just enough points to come out on top.

Our B Team improved on last years position, rising to 3rd in the league. They beat arch rivals Knowle Park for the first time so the players were all pleased with that result!

The day was followed up with drinks at the New Inn in Keynsham where players were joined by family, friends and supporters. Thank you to everyone that helped throughout the season, with driving the minibus, providing lifts and washing kit, it’s very much appreciated.


Thank You for Voting!

Groups event photo (640x422)Thank you to everyone that took the time and effort to buy copies of the Bristol Post and collected the coupons for us to win a cash prize in the Airbus Community Awards. We are pleased to say we were one of the runners up and won £500! Our Chairperson Lisa and Fundraiser Amanda attended a special awards ceremony at Airbus in Filton to collect our prize. We were up against some stiff competition from much larger groups, but we won due to all your support so THANK YOU!



We have been chosen to be in with a chance of winning a share of £10,000 in the Bristol Post and Airbus Community Awards. Cash prizes are given to the top 10 groups with the most votes so we need your help!

Voting Coupons will be printed in the Bristol Post from Monday 22nd February until Monday 21st March.

Please pick up a copy of the paper and fill in the coupon with our details. You can send the coupon direct to the paper (see the Bristol Post for details), or you can send them to the office or hand them in to your club leader. Voting closes at midday on Wednesday 23rd March so please send your votes off as soon as you can.

Help us spread the word and collect as many votes as possible!




Super Saturday Club Trip to Crealy

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There was a buffet lunch on the decking in the sunshine and then the afternoon was spent in the animal kingdom, enjoying the play areas and all the rides and rollercoasters.

A great day had by all!