Afternoon Tea Fundraiser

Published August 5th 2021

Rothsay Grange are hosting an Afternoon Tea fundraiser for our children's home, Rainbow Corner. At £5pp it is an absolute bargain and will make such a huge difference to the people we support! Eat cake and support our services. To book your space, please contact Becky on 01264 321840 or 07436580388 from 09.00-14.30, Monday-Friday! Booking closes at 2pm on Friday 13th August.

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Covid-19 Company Statement

Published September 21st 2020

Throughout Covid-19 we have practical steps, implementing robust measures to ensure the welfare of our internal and external stakeholders.

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Outreach Activity Service

Published August 7th 2020

On Friday 5th June 2020 we secured a £24,190 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. The funding will ensure the people we support are equipped and able to fully participate in arts, crafts, activities, competitions and online engagements with their friends whilst our on-site social enterprise service is closed.

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Mike Holland long time ADM supporter's Obituary

Published February 14th 2020

It was with great sadness that we received the news that Mike Holland had passed away on 7th January 2020. Mike had been involved with Andover and District Mencap since the 1980’s, his daughter Sally was born with learning disabilities which was how the family started their long association with the charity.

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Actors with learning disabilities are being sought in Andover

Published December 20th 2019

A group of people with learning disabilities in Andover are encouraging others to join them in their weekly drama class, which they say has helped improve their mental health.

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MAKATON Friendly Andover 2019-20 Supported by Andover and District Mencap

Published December 10th 2019

In 2020 Andover and District Mencap, with the help of HCC, TVBC and Andover Town Council want to make Andover a Makaton Friendly Town.

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Andover and District Mencap joins #GivingTuesday 2019, the global day of generosity on 3rd December

Published December 3rd 2019

Andover and District Mencap is thrilled to announce that we’re one of the thousands of organisations taking part in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign, to be held on the 3rd of December.

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Wine and Cheese Sampling

Published November 20th 2019

Come and Join us and our President Iris Anderson for a night of Cheese and Wine Sampling at the Guildhall on the 6th December.

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Published November 13th 2019

Date of our EGM

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Victoria Cheshire is Andover and District Mencap's first learning disability ambassador.

Published November 7th 2019

Vikki, as she prefers to be called, has volunteered for Andover and District Mencap (ADM) for 11 years and runs an Epilepsy awareness day event for three years. Her next epilepsy awareness event will be on March 2020.

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Local Councillors support Andover and District Mencap campaign to make Andover a Makaton friendly town

Published October 24th 2019

This will make Andover one of only a few towns in the country officially recognised for Makaton. Chris Newman, Director of care and support for Andover and District Mencap (ADM) said

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Leaving money to Andover and District Mencap in Your Will

Published September 12th 2019

Your support is vital to the continuing campaign of Andover and District Mencap to enable choice and independence for those adults and children with learning disabilities in the Andover area. So by remembering Andover and District Mencap in your Will, you are ensuring that its good work continues for future generations.

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September 5th is International Day of Charity

Published September 3rd 2019

Started by the UN, this day focuses charitable deeds. If you want to help us, here are some ideas

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Annual General Meeting

Published August 19th 2019

The Trustees have set the date of this years AGM

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New Chill Out Room for ADM

Published July 25th 2019

The Wellington Centre Chill Out room has had a makeover thanks to grants from Test Valley Borough Council, ASDA and Howdens.

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ADM summer club dates

Published July 22nd 2019

Here are the dates for ADM clubs over summer

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Winton Community Academy making at difference at ADM

Published July 12th 2019

Andover and District Mencap members excited to have Winton Community Academy Community day visit.

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Hay's Travel fundraiser and auction big sucess

Published July 4th 2019

Over 65 guests attended Hays Travel Andover's party and auction night. 🤩

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Have Your Say

Published June 13th 2019

Hampshire County Council are seeking your feedback on its Transformation 21 thoughts. Yet more cost savings to be made. We URGE you to have your say.

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New Edinburugh Woollen Mill Spring fashion show models diversity

Published April 18th 2019

Andover actress with Down's Syndrome Charlotte Portsmouth walked down her first catwalk, at New Edinburgh Woollen Mill Andover.

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#ADM is raising funds and awareness for Autism Awareness week

Published April 5th 2019

April 1st - 7th is Autism Awareness week. Andover and District Autism ambassadors Sian Cullip and Lee Roberts are raising funds for The National Autistic Society by holding a cake sale on Tuesday 9th April at Duke's Café.

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Angry parents are calling to make care for children with learning disabilites a priority for the government.

Published March 26th 2019

A focus group of angry parents have met with Kirsty North and Hampshire MP Kit Malthouse on April 12th to air their concerns.

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Dance Your Jolly Socks Off to Celebrate WDSD

Published March 12th 2019

Brilliant Drama has been invited to perform as part of Winchesters 2nd celebration of World Down's Syndrome day on March 21st.

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Andover and District Mencap are celebrating their registration with Ofsted of their new respite facility ‘ Rainbow Corner.’

Published February 15th 2019

12th February Ofsted informed Andover and District Mencap, we had achieved our goal of Registration. We will be holding an official opening in March and look forward to showcasing our hard work and what our service will be offering.

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Afternoon Tea Dance dances up £333 pounds for Andover and District Mencap

Published December 4th 2018

Peter Middleton's Rhythm of Life Afternoon Tea Dance has raised £333 pounds for Andover and District Mencap this Christmas.

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We celebre a year of fun and raising with The Co-op

Published November 27th 2018

Andover and District Mencap is celebrating receiving £2,000 from The Co-ops. Andover and District were chosen as 2018 local causes.

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Orchard Close - Under Consultation.

Published October 22nd 2018

Orchard Close, a popular adult respite facility is under consultation by Hampshire County Council. They are considering its closure.

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A year today we took our Changing Places Petition to Phil North

Published October 17th 2018

Amy Attrill has achieved her goal of securing a changing places toilet in Andover

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You are invited to our Annual General Meeting Tuesday 16th 2018

Published October 15th 2018

Chris Dixon personally invites you to join us at The Best Western Hotel

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We are recruiting for support workers

Published September 24th 2018

Sign up for our recruitment day

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3rd Annual Andover and District Mencap Golf charity tournament

Published August 3rd 2018

Information on how to enter, what to expect and a description of what Team Texas

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Support Workers Recruitment days

Published July 20th 2018

Book you place to find out about support work for Andover and District Mencap

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Sleep in Back Pay and Andover & District Mencap

Published July 16th 2018

We are now reviewing our situation on sleep in back pay.

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5 reasons why its good for you to volunteer

Published July 2nd 2018

Volunteering is good for others but did you know its good for you too! Here are 5 benefits of volunteering to you.

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A Chatter & Natter table is coming to Duke's Cafe

Published June 1st 2018

From Tuesday, June 12th Duke's Cafe at The Wellington Centre will have a Chatter Natter Table.

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Congratulations Love Andover Radio

Published April 23rd 2018

We were invited to celebrate the launch of Love Andover Radio 95.9 FM

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Brilliant Drama group is taking part in its first festival performance.

Published March 29th 2018

How a wonderful learning difficulties drama group has grown to become major performers in Andover Town.

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#What I bring to my community on World Down Syndrome Day

Published March 20th 2018

Wednesday, March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day. They are asking every person with Down's syndrome to tell the world 'what you bring to your community.' One young man, Jonathon Hall, brought something very precious to his community. He brought change, but not only change but dignity, choice and independence for many learning disabled adults.

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Tasty Tea Break Treats for Purple day

Published March 16th 2018

On March 23rd, Victoria Cheshire, volunteer at Andover and District Mencap, is holding a purple tea break at The Wellington Centre to raise awareness for 'Purple day.' You can pop into Room 1 between 10 and 1 for a cup of tea, a purple cupcake and a nice break.

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Let's celebrate International Wheelchair day!

Published February 28th 2018

International Wheel Chair (IWD) day was founded by Wheelchair Steve Wilkinson. It is now 10 years old and is celebrated Internationally. The day was first launched in 2008, and now celebrations have taken place in Australia, Nepal, Senegal, South Africa, Bangladesh, Pakistan, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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10 tips for walking in snow

Published February 28th 2018

Nicknamed the Beast from the East, Siberia has sent us a late winter present of snow. Temperatures have dropped to -6 degrees in some places and here are our tips for our support workers and clients about travelling around in the snow.

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Andover and District Mencap are celebrating love.

Published February 13th 2018

We want to provide a way, our clients and supporters can say thank you to everyone they hold dear.

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Andover and District Mencap support Autism Sunday

Published February 6th 2018

Andover and District Mencap calling Andovers faith community to join in a day of prayer for people on the Autistic spectrum on Autism Sunday 11th of February.

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Council Tax: Discount Disregard for Carers

Published January 29th 2018

Many people may not be aware that they can reduce their Council Tax if they care for an adult over 18

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Brilliant Blue Monday at Andover & District Mencap

Published January 15th 2018

Blue Monday is traditionally the 3rd Monday in January. It's creator Dr Cliff Arnall says he intended phrase to inspire people to take action and make bold life decisions however its taken on a negative connotation. A lot of people associate Blue Monday with depression and feeling blue.

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The Co-op picks Andover and District Mencap to be one of its local charities

Published December 4th 2017

The Co-op has choosen Andover and District Mencap (ADM) as one of its local charitites.

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Donate your Christmas card money to Andover and District Mencap.

Published November 23rd 2017

Christmas cards are on the decline with 49% of the British population preferring to send holiday greetings online. In the office and at local companies, however, cards are still a preferred way to mark special occasions. At Christmas big company sections often choose to donate the money their staff would spend on Christmas cards. This saves on embarrassment and for some cuts out the middleman.

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New Ambassadors announced for Andover and District Mencap

Published November 21st 2017

Andover and District Mencap are proud and excited to announce that we have two New Ambassadors.

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Shining Stars awards 2017

Published November 14th 2017

The Shining Star awards are a way for everyone in Andover and District Mencap (ADM) to get involved to help us celebrate those individuals who go above and beyond! Our Shining Star awards recognize the individuals that really make a difference. On October 15th we announced this year's recipients.

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Employment and Support Allowance and Prescription Charges-benefit advice

Published October 31st 2017

Recently we have received a number of enquiries and concerns about learning disabled people who have been issued with a fine because they have been told that they are not exempt from healthcare charges such as prescription costs, dental and eye care charges. Obviously, there is confusion as the people concerned are on benefits and have assumed that they are exempt from charges.

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Andover man Mark Goodson wins Purple Leaf award for his role in Grenfell fire.

Published October 23rd 2017

On Tuesday 18th, Mark Goodson, was awarded the Purple leaf award by Andover and District Mencap.

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There are changes we will be talking about at the AGM.

Published October 17th 2017

In 2012 the members and Trustees of Andover and District Mencap (ADM) voted to change the name of the organisation. This decision followed discussions in relation to Royal Mencap’s planned partnership agreement and the desire of the organisation to keep its own identity and build upon its work within Andover and the surrounding district.

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Why become a member of Andover and District Mencap

Published October 13th 2017

Being a local independent charity, we rely heavily on the support of the local community to carry on providing clubs and activities, welfare support and campaigning issues on your behalf. By becoming a member you are helping to secure Andover and District Mencap’s future.

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Andover and District Mencap have won a free Mini bus from Abacus vehicle hire

Published October 6th 2017

Mencap have been picked from over 150 companies by Abacus Vehicle hire, Andover to win a 17 seater mini-bus

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The Main Event better than before

Published October 4th 2017

The Main Event was a fantastic night organised by Councillor Iris Andersen and owner of ‘Let Me Drive You’ chauffeur service, Christopher Jackson.

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Trustees Required

Published September 20th 2017

We are looking for people who would like to make a difference to those with learning disabilities.

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Sleep In Crisis

Published August 11th 2017

Government changes to 'sleep-in' payments are threatening to take away vital support from thousands of disabled people. This support allows them to live a safe and independent life in the community. The care sector has been landed with a massive £400 million bill and many providers now face bankruptcy. This could mean the end of social care as we know it. The Government are being asked to urgently commit to paying this bill as the sector cannot afford it. Government caused this problem only they can fix it.

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Andover and District Mencap's Shining Stars

Published August 11th 2017

Our annual awards to celebrate the achievements of our staff team.

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Armed Forces Day

Published June 26th 2017

Andover and District Mencap support LoveAndover in celebrating Armed Forces Day 2017

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Charity Golf Day

Published June 13th 2017

Love golf? Do you want to play more over the summer? Want to do something good for charity? Well look no further... Put together a team of 4 and come and join us on Friday 14th July at Dummer Golf Club for our second charity golf day to help raise funds for ADM's Stephen's Ark appeal.

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Digital Marketing Officer Role (Temp)

Published June 12th 2017

We have a new exciting opportunity, not to be missed! At Andover & District Mencap we are currently looking for a Digital Marketing Officer to come and join our team. You will join us on a temporary basis over the summer and receive a competitive wage of up to £420 per week (hours negotiable)

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Screwfix Foundation Donate £5000

Published June 1st 2017

Screwfix Foundation to Donate £5000 to help refurbish an Andover and District Mencap property that provides accommodation to adults with learning disabilities.

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Stephen's Ark

Published May 22nd 2017

This year, we are undertaking a huge project in moving our children's respite facility Stephen's Ark. By moving Stephen's Ark to a new location, we can make it even more accessible, enabling more families and carers of children and young people with severe and profound learning disabilities to access the services we provide.

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ADM Golf Day

Published May 19th 2017

Join us for our annual charity golf day raising funds for our children's respite home - Stephen's Ark. Key Information: Date: Friday 14th July 2017 Time: Arrival 11 am. First Tee 13.04pm Venue: Dummer Golf Club, Down Street, Dummer, Hampshire. RG25 2AD Cost: £50 per person, Teams will be made up of 4 players (£200 per team) Format: Texas Scramble

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Saints Foundation Charity of Choice

Published May 18th 2017

We are proud to announce that throughout the 2016/17 football season, the Saints Foundation, on behalf of Southampton Football Club, have selected us as one of 5 charities to receive exclusive support with our fundraising efforts.

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Andover and District Mencap

Enabling Choice & Independence

The Wellington Centre

Winchester Rd, Andover
Hampshire, SP10 2EG


Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 9.00 – 17.00

General enquiries:

01264 321840
[email protected]