Calling all runners; your society needs you!
Bath Half Sunday 17th March 2019
Would you like to run a half marathon for us? It would be awesome if you could. For a reduced entry fee of just £20 per person and a pledge to raise £175 minimum come and join our team.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of December to register your interest.
The Bath Half Marathon is the largest single day charity fundraising event in the south west region participating in the race will help to raise our profile and vital funds. What’s more, we will even throw in a free Keynsham Mencap Branded T shirt for you to wear and then keep. You will have the support of your fellow team mates and a crowd of supporters will be waiting for you at the finish line with much needed refreshments and cheers.
Training for a half marathon…what a perfect way to start the New Year!
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.