Bakery Down The Lane
Our Makers & Bakers meet on a Wednesday and create freshly baked sweet and savoury goods that can be purchased fresh from the oven!
Support our Makers & Bakers by ordering from the bakery - download the order form
Become a Maker & Baker - fill out an expression of interest form
Volunteer with Makers & Bakers - fill out a volunteer application form
Makers & Bakers is just one element of the Mencap Enterprise initiative started earlier this year. Since March 2022 a group of people with learning disabilities meet every Wednesday at the Mencap Centre in the heart of Portswood.
The enterprise, which also includes a gardening and maintenance arm meeting each Tuesday, was a vision to move away from the traditional ‘day service’ offer in order to enable people with learning disabilities to be engaged in real work based activities and through this gain a sense of self-worth.
Through this fast developing programme offering cooking based skills, gardening, maintenance, creative arts, and core business skills, learners are empowered through their new skills, supported and guided by professional tutors and support staff.
Makers & Bakers consists of a small group of six as the enterprise is still in its infancy. However, just like the Mencap tag-line, they are ‘small, local and strong’ and are fast proving themselves to be an asset in the community.
Each activity is tailored to specific ability and potential and all learners are supported individually to produce a delicious range of freshly baked products, including breads, scones and loaf cakes. Cakes can also be ordered fully iced and decorated for that special occasion. The latest addition of samosas, with an eastern flavour and western twist, has been hugely popular, and along with the other goods produced offers good value for money.
Our vision through the enterprise programme is to open up pathways for people with learning barriers to employability opportunities, whether it be in a voluntary or paid capacity. More importantly and at the very heart of the programme is to upskill them and help boost their confidence and self-esteem and their contribution recognised and valued in society.
Mencap Gardening & Maintenance (MG&M)
Our newest Day Service turns gardening and maintenace skills into a successful enterprise in the form of MG&M! With over fifteen different venues under their belt, our hard working group of Day Service users are now able to meet most basic gardening and maintenance requirements and can travel out to different locations in Southampton.
Independent Home Visitor Service
Carers of people with a learning disability seek re-assurance that someone in an independent role will continue to have ongoing contact with their relative when they are no longer able to be actively involved. They have anxieties about when they cannot continue to directly care for or be involved in their relative’s life, e.g. due to their physical condition or ultimately their death. The service allays their concerns about what is in place to support their relatives when they are no longer in a position to be actively involved and it recognises that when this situation occurs there is nobody in an independent role able to highlight any issues or concerns on their behalf. The Independent Home Visitor Service provides contact for people living in supported housing or residential accommodation without the support of a family member by matching them up with an Independent Home Visitor who is able to visit them on a regular basis.
If you would like to make an application for this service please find a referral form below.
'Treat Me Well' Campaign
Treat me well is a campaign led by National Mencap to transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability when they are in hospital. The campaign launched in February 2018. At Southampton Mencap we worked with Mike Le Surf from National Mencap who helped us to set up a local Treat me well campaign group made up of members from our day services.
Since the launch of the campaign, the local group has worked with the hospitals in Southampton in a positive and productive way to influence changes so that people with learning disabilities have better treatment if they need hospital care.
They have also supported training of medical staff and other events led by the Learning Disability Health Facilitator and the Learning Disability Liaison nurses based at the General Hospital.
Last year, the group was delighted to receive the Treat Me Well Group of the Year Award as being the group of local campaigners who have made the biggest impact to improve hospital care for people with a learning disability!most active group in the area!
Below, the Southampton Mencap ‘Treat me well’ campaign group