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Day Services


We will soon be bringing you our revamped Day Service page with information on our Enterprises and programmes. For now, click here to browse our new leaflet explaining all about the opportunities at Southampton Mencap. 



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 9.30am - 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 5 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: Gardening & Maintenance Group for those who enjoy being outside and fixing things.

Wednesdays: Makers & Bakers, producing delicious baked goods to sell to the public.

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.

The History of our Day Services

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

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. Since then it has evolved to a wider range of age groups aged 18+ but the core elements remain the same.

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. 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.

What our Members 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.











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


Further Details





Own2Feet offers a gateway to interesting learning opportunities leading to greater independence skills

What? Learn independence skills and understand the world in which we live in through a unique combination of daytime activities

When? Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am to 4:30pm -  you can choose one or both of these days!

Where? The Mencap Centre, 187a Portswood Road, Southampton, SO17 2NF

Cost? £68.08 per day

Please click here for a special presentation on Own2Feet.

In March 2013 we added another Day Service to our programme: Home Kitchen. We now have an enterprising group of chefs in the making!

What? Learn about healthy living, food shopping, kitchen hygiene, how to cook and bake and more!

When? Fridays from 9.30am-4.30pm

Where? The Mencap Centre, 187a Portswood Road, Southampton, SO17 2NF

Cost? £68.08 per day

Please click here for a special presentation on Home Kitchen.











HandyCrafts is a Day Service for crafty people who enjoy participating in a range of fun, creative and practical activities.

When? Mondays from 9:30am to 4:30pm

Where? The Mencap Centre, 187a Portswood Road, Southampton, SO172NF. Members may enjoy some day trips out, for example, to Southampton City Art Gallery

Cost? £68.08 per day with optional additional costs for some activities, for example, eating out

To find out more information about HandyCrafts, please download the Handy Crafts Leaflet and get in contact with us if you, or someone you know, is interested in enrolling.

Mencap Gardening & Maintenance Group

Southampton Mencap is delighted to offer its very own Gardening & Maintenance Group, providing a brilliant new vocational-based opportunity for adults with a learning disability. It’s an ideal choice for anyone who loves to be outside or for those who enjoy practical activities with achievable outcomes.

When: Tuesdays from 9:30am to 4:30pm

Where: The Mencap Centre, 187a Portswood Road, Southampton, SO172NF. Members will often travel to different venues in order to provide a community-based service

Cost: £68.08 per day

Group size: Maximum 10 per day

Click on the box to play a video about MG&M now!

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