Welcome to New Forest Mencap

Whilst in lockdown …..

“Social distancing”? – more “social” than ever at New Forest Mencap thanks to online video communications work

 The first thought at New Forest Mencap when lockdown began was how to keep a real connection with, and between. those who use our services.

 Since May 2020 we have achieved this by delivering a diverse, and growing, number of online activities for local people with learning disabilities.   Our initial concerns that our clients might have difficulties using platforms such as Zoom was swept away with an avalanche of enthusiasm, new skills, new confidence and enjoyment shown by those who clicked into a Zoom room.  We  have reached new people that we have not met face to face before and supported those who regularly attend our face to face services to interact with those who attend different services and thus make and maintain friendships. 

 We have done this by offering regularly each week:

 Chuesday Chat (online)– an opportunity to talk about two topics which are chosen by those attending each week – we have talked about such diverse things as “cooking failures and successes”, “the Isle of Wight” and “favourite TV programmes”

Saturday Game (online)– all sorts, from music quizzes, to maths games, hangman and a Beetle Drive

Saturday Singalong (online) – the high spot of our week when we have a guest entertainer who leads us for an hour long singalong with a theme.  “Abba”, “Beach Party”, “1960s” were popular ones and dressing up is encouraged!

From September 2020 we have an online fitness workshop, a Dance Alive session and seated yoga.  

All of our online activities have been free to access for the participants. 

 In August 2020 just over 100 online attendances took place at our various online “rooms”, more than double the figure for May 2020.  During a time when isolation for those with learning disabilities was at an all time high, we have connected with new people, supported our regular clients and, above all, had a lot of fun!

 If you would like to join in with any of our online activities follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/newforestmencap or email development@newforestmencap.org


About New Forest Mencap

Under “normal” circumstances, New Forest Mencap provides sessions each week in two locations, New Milton and Brockenhurst.  These consist of evenings of activities, opportunities for socialising and a number of day time outings during the year.  We also have the Gateway Award scheme which is based on the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.  We also offer a variety of short term activities and projects

Our staff and Trustees develop links with other like minded organisations and we regularly participate in the Hampshire Learning Disability Partnership Board which is  co-ordinated by Hampshire County Council.  We are also part of the Hampshire Learning Disability Network which brings together all the other local Mencap organisations in the county.

If you are a parent or carer of someone with a learning disability we would pleased to hear from you to let you know what activities and support we can offer for both those with learning disabilities and their parents, families and carers.  Contact:  Jackie at development@newforestmencap.org

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