Join our Bath Half 2020 team
By taking part you will enhance the lives of local adults and children with a learning disability and autism. So for just £20 entry and a pledge to raise a minimum of £200 please click on the link and join us.
The Bath Half is one of the longest established and most popular city centre road events in the UK. It is also the largest charity fundraising event in the south west region, in 2019 we took part for the very first time with a team of 12 runners and raised over £4000 which totally exceeded our expectations, we’ve very much got the running bug now!
With your help we can we smash that target in 2020, the money you raise will make a difference to over 170 people lives, and if you include their families then it’s over 400 people.
We will have a designated area in a marquee in the runner’s village where you can meet up with the rest of the team and keep your belongings safe. You will get a fab running vest to wear and our Music Man Project musicians will beat their drums, and sing and cheer you on as you run past giving you that extra boost to get to the finish line.
We have paid for the 20 spaces up front, so you can pay the £20 reduced entry fee to us direct.
Our Bank details;
Keynsham and District Mencap Society
Include your name and ‘Bath Half’ in the reference section.
Our next buildings appeal fundraiser
We are another step closer to achieving our long term goal ‘to purchase a premises of our own’. By doing this we will continue to facilitate our existing projects and expand our offering. Our current buildings fund total now stands at £93,626 which is amazing and its massive thanks to our supporters for helping us to achieve this. We would love to smash the £100k mark by the end of this financial year, so we need to raise just under £6,500 to achieve that!
So our 3rd Dinner and Auction is on Saturday 9th March 2019, at the Saltford Golf Club.
Ticket price is £45.00 per person and Tables of 10 or 12 are available. You and your guests can enjoy welcome drinks, 3 course meal with wine, a dynamic auction this year with a bit of a twist and end the evening disco dancing.
If you wish to reserve your table and secure with £10 per person deposit please email Amanda by 31st October 2018.
A New Home for Us!
The Society’s Trustees are keen to continue to improve on our current offering by providing our existing and future members with more chances to gain new experiences, grow in confidence and be better equipped to deal with their day to day challenges. We want to provide a safe and secure environment in which to continue our support for local people that are affected by a wide range of learning disabilities.
We currently run 10 different projects offering over 150 adults and children, and their families, the same opportunities as their peers. Our individual clubs are held in many venues across Keynsham, Radstock and Bath, and with the future housing development plans of the local surrounding areas and the interest in providing additional services; we anticipate an increase in the demand for our provision. We have already seen our membership numbers increase in some of our clubs, making the necessity to seek alternative venues a greater priority.
To enable us to maintain our exceptional level of service it seems prudent that we obtain our own centre that can facilitate the need for further sessions for our members, our own hall space, office space and additional storage needs for our resources.
Over the past year we have set aside some funds and fundraised tirelessly, with additional fundraising initiatives and so far 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’. By the end of the March 2018 our restricted fund had now reached £85k, however we still have some way to go in our desire to raise £250k by the end of 2019.
Once we have reached our target we will have enough funds behind us to, either adapt an existing building should it become available, or enable us to source the correct land/building in an area within Keynsham, central to our existing venues. To ensure we find the best solution for our existing needs, research is now being conducted to find either land for development or building for renovation.
Building on essential life skills, introducing more varied activities to our programme and increasing our support is in the forefront of everything we do. We enable our members to further develop the tools needed to become more self-sufficient and broaden their horizons. Thanks to the support they have received through our social clubs a number of our 18+ Club members now have the confidence to live independently in supported housing, work in employed or voluntary positions and enjoy meaningful relationships.