Future Foundations – Raising funds for the new premises appeal.



On Saturday 17th February 2018 we hosted our 2nd Dinner and Auction at the Saltford Golf Club.  The event raised over £3100, and was held in aid of the Society’s New Building Appeal.

128 guests arrived at 7pm and were greeted with a warm welcome and a glass of prosecco. As the guests were invited to view the auction items live Jazz was performed exquisitely by Nicki Jefferis and Anders Olinder.  Everyone looked great in their black tie and evening dresses.

This year we had a mix of silent and live auction items all generously donated by local organisations, and they included; complimentary pizzas at the new B Block Café  in the Chocolate Quarter, kindly donated by St Monica Trust. 2 standard return rail tickets to anywhere in the southwest via Great Western Railway. Dinner for 2 and bottle of wine at the Olive Tree Restaurant in Bath. A beautifully framed limited edition print entitled ‘Reflection’ by local artist Anna Smith. Family passes for Avon Valley Wildlife Park, the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum, Victoria Art Gallery and the Grand Pier at Weston-Super- Mare. A 3 course dinner for two plus wine at the Pig Hotel in Pensford. A 30 minute flight simulator experience donated by Bristol and Wessex Aeroplane Club. A round of golf for 2 at Stockwood Vale Golf Club. A half day retreat for two at the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath was the jewel in the crown.

The evening also included a raffle, and the generosity of local businesses was overwhelming, prizes included a gift voucher from Wild about Flowers, a hot air balloon ride with Bath Balloons donated by Bath Building Society, a family race day at Castle Coombe race circuit, back massage from Pure Beauty in Keynsham, bottles of fizz from Tesco and Sainsbury and a bowling game courtesy of Bowlplex at Longwell Green.

Michael Ashbee of Davies and Way once again provided his expert services of auctioneer and kept the guests buzzing with excitement and raising their bids to the max. 

Our chair Lisa O’Brien gave a heart-warming speech and this year the theme was ‘Family’.  ‘We are all part of one family.  We support each other and we celebrate the support we receive from our community’.

It was great to see a real mix of guests; society members, trustees, staff, volunteers and friends of the society, old and new attended and enjoyed the sumptuous food laid on by the staff of Haywoods Kitchen.  Thanks goes to our corporate guests, who for the second year running have supported our event, iTeam Solutions from Saltford, VansGB of Bath and Toplink Envelopes Ltd all had tables and enjoyed the evening.

A surprise was in store for us as the evening unfolded, during the speeches Lisa was presented with a cheque for £15,000 from John Angus one of the Trustees from the Mencap Family home which is now known as The Avenue.  As the Mencap Family home business had come to a close there was surplus funds that the Trustees wanted to distribute to help continue the work that they had done. This very generous donation was greatly received and will be put towards the buildings fund.

Our Treasurer Russ Pocock gave an update on how our fundraising for our new premises had been going. 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 £85k; however we still have some way to go in our desire to raise £250k by the end of 2019.

It’s always good to end an evening on a high and this year is no different as the evening was 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. 

This event is certainly helps to put us on the map and demonstrates the strength of our supporters and everyone who is involved.

Check out all the photos on our Facebook page

So until the next one!

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

Family Disco

One of our Radstock Junior’s parents Jason Preston is hosting a family disco, on Saturday 3rd February  7.30pm -11.30pm at Pratten Social Club, Charlton Lane, Radstock, BA3 4BD. 

All welcome. 

Please support  Jason and buy a ticket, he has arranged to put on  a fun filled  party for friends and family!   All money raised will go towards fun activities for our members.

The Annual Quiz Shenanigans!


On Saturday 11th November we held our annual quiz, this time it was at the Keynsham Scout HQ. We had over 75 people attend ready to answer a variety of general knowledge questions.  The questions were somewhat challenging this year and when asked one of our ‘quizzers’ from Bath Mencap did say he ‘liked to be challenged’. Someone also mentioned via social media that they attended the hardest quiz in the world! Well here at Keynsham Mencap we like to push boundaries and raise the bar, we do have beacon status after all!

Congratulations to the team called ‘The Hopefuls’ who won the star prize, but then generously donated the items back.  Kit Kettel our quiz master host with the most kept the audience engaged and injected some welcome humour into the questions.

Just to mix things up a bit we held a mini bingo game right at the end and William Marsh called out the numbers loud and clear.

Some great raffle prizes were generously donated by local businesses including Reflections Hair Dressers, Pure Beauty, Sainsbury’s, Simply Carpets, Pomegranate, 73 Degrees, Tesco, Bonzo Lounge and Booker.  This eclectic mix of prizes plus the bar and door sales helped us to raise over £800. 

This money will go straight to providing even more social opportunities to local people that are affected by a range of learning disabilities. 

Our events wouldn’t be the success they are without the help enthusiasm and dedication of our staff, members and volunteers. Massive thanks go out to  Hazel Thompson, Niall Tomlins, Nicola Hodges, Karen Wells and George Hodges who gave up their time to help prepare the hall, run the bar, clean up the empties and blitz the hall after the fun had ended. 

Our members committee are always on hand to help out at our events and ambassadors William Marsh, Barry Hollyman and Suzie Lewis stepped in to help with the additional fundraising activities throughout the evening.

Bake a Cake and Help Us Raise Money!

We have a stall at Keynsham Winter Festival, on the evening of Friday 24th November. We will be selling home-made cakes, biscuits and baked goods and we need donations of items to sell.

If you are able to make some delicious treats to help us, you can drop them off at your club in the week leading up to the event (make sure you store them correctly so they stay fresh!), or you can pop them into the office between 9am and 2pm on the         24th November.

Label your tubs, tins and tupperware and we will return them to you after the event.

It would be useful (but not essential) if you could let us know by calling the office  0117 986 5659 emailing amanda@keynshammencap.org.uk or texting 07867728642  just so we have an idea of how much to expect on the night.

If baking is not your thing then please donate towards our Tombola Stall. We would like Items including Fancy foodstuffs, Chocolates, Toiletries and unwanted gifts.

All donations greatly received!

Another Great Fund Raising Event



We had our annual sponsored walk, cycle, wheelchair push yesterday and once again we had a very well attended event.  60 people turned up to take part in distances of either 5, 10 or 25 miles. Some people arrived with the expectation of doing as much as they can in the amount of time they felt comfortable, a few people managed to go that little bit further than expected, which was great news, a real sense of achievement was gained by everyone, especially Daniel Coll who kept going and achieved the 5 miles.

We welcomed some new cyclists to the day; One of our 18+ members, Stephen Gray attended for the first time and he had not been on his bike this year; and last year he went on very reluctantly. Liz, Stephen’s mum tried to get him involved several times at Warmley Wheelers and he had not wanted to try out any of the bikes. So to cycle 10 miles was a great achievement. “Following the successful ride today I am going to take him out more regularly” said Liz and “On our way home he said ‘Wow nice bike’.”  “It was great to be part of the fund raising today” Liz added.

Huge thanks goes to Kim Cole our Super Saturday leader, her sons Dean and Ben  and her friends and family who are our regular supporters of the event, their enthusiasm stands out and helps to encourage the other participants. 

Barry Hollyman very kindly lent us the use of his PA system which was a welcome relief for our Chair Lisa O’Brien as it meant she didn’t have to shout too loud when it came to the certificate presentation that was held in the garden at the end, especially after pushing her son Jon the full 5 miles in his chair, “The chair alone weighed 3 stone”. Exclaimed Lisa.

We had great attendance from our Trustees Russ Pocock, Kit Kettel and family who took part in the walk and Sue Jeffrey and Andrea Westlake who manned the water station at Bitton.  The staff at Bitton were also very accommodating by allowing us to site a water station; as they had a very busy event taking place themselves.

Fundraiser Amanda Leonard and Keynsham Juniors leader Nicola Hodges ensured everyone could sign in at the start, and received their certificate with the correct achievement, (fingers crossed) and then served the food at the end. The day went smoothly and some fab photos were taken throughout the day, you will find them on our Facebook page. 

It was good to see some of our volunteers taking part and getting involved, they already give up their time to help out at our various clubs but to also attend on a Sunday, raise money, and for some like Niall Tomlins to get on a bike for the first time in a while was just amazing, thank you.

The bird in Hand once again were superb, providing hot refreshments for everyone who took part.

All that’s left to say is thank you to everyone who helped out, took part, and of course who sponsored the participants.

Over the next couple of months as the money comes in we will let you know how much we raised.

So until next time…which is Saturday 11th November, our annual quiz night, this time at the Scout Hut Keynsham.  Look out for more details coming soon.

Please vote for us to be our new project “Music Man”

Great News! Our nomination to receive funding from the OneFamily foundation has been approved and will go forward to the voting stage.

We need funding for a new project that we want to launch in September; The  Music Man Project.  12 members would benefit from this project when it launches, providing them with a forum to be able to express themselves through the involvement of music.  This is a project we have every confidence in becoming very successful and it presents a platform in which our members can raise their profile within the local community whilst at the same time expanding our facilities accessible to our community.

This is a public vote that is now open and will remain open until 6th September.

Please log on to https://foundation.onefamily.com/projects/music-man-project/  and vote for us to be awarded crucial funding.

The projects with the highest number of votes within our category will be awarded the prize fund.

  • Anyone over the age of 18 can vote for our project
  • All voters must register to the OneFamily Foundation in order to cast their vote


By clicking on the link https://foundation.onefamily.com/projects/music-man-project/ and voting for us you can help to make a difference and secure much needed funds to set up our Music Man Project.

The Music Man Project gives creative artists a platform to raise awareness about the incredible difference music can make. Emotional well-being, basic skill development, self-discipline, teamwork, co-ordination, communication and social skills are all significantly enhanced through the study of music.

It’s really simple to do and takes just 5 minutes all you have to do is search for our project, Music Man , don’t worry your details are safe then vote away!

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Please share this message with all your contacts who in turn are our supporters too!!

Fun at the Fete


This Saturday (5th August) a summer fete was held at the scout hut in Keynsham to raise funds .  This time there was a twist, the event had been arranged solely by the society’s Student Volunteers,  Molly Hale (student volunteer) is a keen fundraiser, and along with her friends and fellow volunteers organised a summer fete to raise money for the Society. They prepared everything themselves, spoke to local businesses for support, organised some great activities and obtained excellent raffle prizes. 

Molly is a volunteer at our Thursday night 18+ Club and the Keynsham Juniors club on Tuesdays she is 16 and has been involved in raising funds for local charities for quite a while, she’s taken part in sponsored runs for Cancer Research, for a local child with additional needs and table top sales for the children’s ward at the RUH, she really is a true inspiration.

She’s just finished her GCSEs and before she completely chilled out for the summer she worked on making the summer fete a huge success.

Molly and her friends demonstrated hard work and dedication with the organising of this fete, we are completely self-funded therefore we do rely heavily on the backing of our supporters whether it’s local businesses, volunteers, staff, and members and their families, the enthusiasm of everyone involved bolsters the fact that what we are doing for the community is supported. 

A massive thank you to Molly, Leah, Jemima, Alysha and all their friends who organised and ran the event. At a time when young people are so frequently demonised for their behaviour, it was fantastic to see so many give their time and energy to raise over £500 for the Society.” – Lisa O’Brien Chair.

It was team effort on the day as not only did the volunteers get involved but society ambassadors Barry Holllyman who was the resident DJ, Suzie Lewis and Paul Southard enjoyed helping out on the Raffle and Tombola Stalls.

Local businesses who supported the day included, Sportscene, The Lounge barbers, Bonzo Lounge, G+D free, 73 degrees bicycle shops, Kodak, Bath ink and toner, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Stone Roses Florist, Pomegranate, Fish bar, Keith’s barbers, Entertainer, Greggs, Blades, Leisure centre and Reflections Hair Salon who all generously donated raffle prizes.

Thank you to everyone who helped on the day and came along to support us, it’s was a really good day. – Molly Hale, Student Volunteer.

“Molly and all our volunteers are a great asset to our society, their enthusiasm, energy and kindness inspire our members both young and old. Without the dedication of our volunteers we wouldn’t be able to offer local people with learning disabilities the same opportunities as their peers”. Lisa O’Brien.  

We have a few more photos on our facebook page, please take a look. 

Opportunities for children and adults with Learning Disabilities