Day Services

Southampton Mencap Day Service Programme for people with learning disabilities. Our Day Services are held at the Mencap Centre in Portswood each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30 am-4.30pm                                                                                                              

Established over 60 years ago Southampton Mencap has grown from small, sturdy roots to an organisation keenly aware of the present and changing needs of local people with learning disabilities and their family carers.  All services take place at the Mencap Centre in Portswood which is located a few miles from the City Centre. There is free on-site parking and Portswood is well served by public transport links.  The Mencap Centre is purpose built and fully accessible.  The organisation is passionate about providing a wide and varied spectrum of services and in recent years has introduced a successful Day Services programme for adults with learning disabilities.  Our current programme operates over 4 days each week from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm as follows:-

MONDAYS: Handycrafts for crafty people who enjoy participating in a range of fun, creative and practical activities, e.g. creative arts, designing/making things,   music, drama and cooking.

TUESDAYS: Longdown Farm Activity Day for those who enjoy the outdoor life and learning all about animal care.

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS: Own2Feet programme helping young adults develop and learn through numeracy, literacy, IT and community involvement projects

FRIDAYS: Home Kitchen/Healthy Living a delicious day service with a fresh, healthy approach to cooking and healthy lifestyle choices and hosting regular community catering events.

All activities are well staffed by an experienced team and organised in small groups enabling participants to access the whole range of opportunities available.  A person-centred approach is crucial in designing a bespoke programme of activities that the individual will enjoy and help them to

  • Meet others and develop friendships
  • Learn practical skills which can be used around the home and garden
  • Learn about things that are important to them, like staying safe and being healthy
  • Keep active by getting out and about and accessing community facilities
  • Gain more independence
  • Improve communication
  • Take up opportunities for continued learning

Activities each day include:-

  • Cooking, Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles
  • Drama and Communication
  • Music and Movement
  • Getting Around and Exploring the City
  • Education, e.g. literacy, numeracy and IT

For more information and to arrange a free taster session call 023 80 584088.



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In September 2012: the Own2Feet group was established, an internally certificated course which proved extremely successful. This service has provided a gateway to interesting learning and greater independence, offering an alternative to traditional day services to 12 young people aged 18-30.

In March 2013: we added Home Kitchen, Healthy Living to our day service programme. This runs on a Friday from 9.30am-4.30pm and we now have an enterprising group of chefs in the making!

In September 2015: we launched Handy Crafts, running on a Monday from 9.30am-4.30pm with a strong focus on developing practical handywork and crafting skills.

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We also set up the Longdown Activity Farm programme. This runs on a Tuesday from 9.30am-4.30pm and gives animal lovers and budding farmers the chance to work and contribute to the running of a real farm.

With the advent of personal budgets, we feel that there is an opportunity to launch a new era of choice and quality in this field. We have listened and consulted – and have taken action!

What Our Users Say

We think our Day Services are fantastic – but don’t just take our word for it! One of our Day Service users recently left some brilliant feedback on the ups and downs of attending Own2Feet.

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How to Apply

If you are interested in finding out more about any of our Day Services then please contact us, or alternatively complete and send back the Expression of Interest form.

Relevant Downloads:
Own2Feet Flyer | Own2Feet Leaflet
Home Kitchen, Healthy Living Leaflet
Handy Crafts Leaflet
Longdown Activity Farm Flyer
Day Service Expression Of Interest Form