Welcome to New Forest Mencap

The New Forest Show

HRH Sophie Countess of Wessex

Photograph kindly supplied by Barry Rickman Photography

We had the pleasure of meeting HRH Sophie Countess of Wessex at last months New Forest Show on our Charity Stand.  HRH was nominated as the President for this years show and so was given a tour of the show ground on the Tuesday and got to meet local charities, trade stands and animals including our stand for New Forest Mencap.  HRH is a patron for Royal Mencap and is passionate about her work for Learning Disabilities. Pictured with Charity Fundraiser Mary Tattersall (Left) and Volunteer Sally Knight (Right). Photograph kindly supplied by Barry Rickman Photography.

New Forest Gateway Club Leadership

The NF Gateway club is looking to enhance the leadership team by appointing an Assistant Leader for Tuesday evenings and a Leader for Saturday afternoons, both during term time. These are not voluntary positions.

The clubs provide a range of sporting and leisure activities for adults with learning disabilities (LD) at the Nedderman Centre in Marryat Road, New Milton. The club sessions are relaxed and friendly with the current leaders and volunteers ensuring every member enjoy what they do. We also have occasional outings, mostly on Saturdays.

We are looking for people with, ideally, some experience of working with adults with LD but more important is the ability to enhance and develop the club facilities. For more information, please contact Christine Eyles 01425 615229 or David Smith 01425 610259.

About New Forest Mencap

New Forest Mencap has been providing support and services for people with learning disabilities since the 1960’s. New Forest Gateway Club and the Saturday Club was formed in the late 1980’s with the Brockenhurst Gateway Club has being started some 20 years ago. The New Forest Mencap office is based at the Nedderman Centre in Marryat Road, New Milton.

The clubs provide a wide range of activities for its members and organise outings and visits – all helping members to develop social and other skills. The Nedderman Centre is also home to the New Forest Gateway Club, meeting every Tuesday, and Saturday Club. Brockenhurst Village Hall is where the Brockenhurst gateway Club meets every Thursday. The clubs run during school term time.

The Nedderman Centre has two halls which are also used by other community based groups and is available for hire for a wide range of events.

We have a shop in the centre of New Milton which offers a wide range of items for sale at reasonable prices which helps towards our income.

By exploring this site you will find out more about our clubs, fundraising activities and how you can support our work by becoming a volunteer, Trustee or making a donation and much more.

We thank you for visiting us and hope you will find the information here interesting.

Latest News

New Leader for New Forest Gateway

Following a promotion, Cornel Gheorghe is no longer able to lead the New Forest Gateway Club on Tuesdays. Cornel has been leader for 8 years and has devoted much time and energy to the club ensuring that members enjoyed a wide range of activities. He will be missed by members and we wish him well for the future.

Last September we recruited Christine Eyles as an assistant Leader to the club. Following Cornel's departure, Christine has taken over as leader and is already contributing fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the club.

Cornel is also standing down as leader of the Saturday Club although he will be helping at the club on an ad hoc basis. We are recruiting a new leader.

New Forest Gateway Award

The Award programme is being launched on 5th April at the Nedderman Centre in New Milton. Please see download below.

The award is of a significant development for New Forest Mencap as it increases the range of facilities we provide for people with learning disabilities beyond the regular clubs we run in Brockenhurst and New Milton.

Our aim is to provide the opportunity for people to develop their skills and confidence in life skills while making it an enjoyable experience. It will cost nothing to participate in the scheme and the rewards will be significant.

Do come along on the night and see what it is all about.

For more information, please contact Julie on newforestgatewayaward@gmail.com

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