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Southampton Mencap FairPlay Junior Saturday Club

A specialist Junior Club which meets every two weeks on a Saturday morning during school term time. We provide a variety of fun activities differentiated to the needs of our members. Our trained staff and purpose-built centre in Portswood provide a fun and safe environment for children with a learning disability to play and explore.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Elly Iles
Contact Position
Activities Manager
023 8058 4088
Southampton Mencap
Charity number
Company number

Where to go

Southampton Mencap Activites Centre
Portswood Road
SO17 2NF
Children's Centre Areas
Portswood Bevois

Our Activities Centre is located behind the shops on Portswood High Street. The access lane is between October Books and the post office, opposite the Victory Centre.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Term time only running on alternate Saturdays: 9.30 am – 1.30 pm (Junior - 5-11 years) and 2.30 - 6.30pm (Teens - secondary school transfer age and up)
Time of day
Term time only
Session Information
FairPlay Saturday Club: Term time only
running on alternate weeks: 9.30 am – 1.30 pm (Junior - 5-11 years) and 2.30 - 6.30pm (Teens - secondary school transfer age and up)

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£10.00 Per Session
Payments are made in block bookings; we do not accept bookings for individual sessions.


Age Ranges
From 6 years 0 months to 11 years 0 months

Inclusion Information

Special Needs

Has Provision
Experience with
Challenging Behaviour
Learning difficulties
Cerebral palsy
Language impairment
Behaviour management
Speech and Language delay
Autistic spectrum disorder
Special Educational Needs
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Global delay
Attention Deficit Disorder
Severe And Complex Physical And Learning Disabilities
Aspergers Syndrome
Downs syndrome

Dietary Needs

Has Provision

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies
The group is currently at capacity. We encourage families to make contact to check as we are able to place you on a waiting list or advise if there have been any recent changes.
Date updated

Funded Places

3 & 4 year old funding

Opening Times

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Saturday 9.30am 1.00pm

School Pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type

Service Provider Extended Local Offer Response

What does your service do?

Southampton Mencap provides a range of social and play opportunities for children and young people with learning disabilities and additional needs through the FairPlay service.  FairPlay is planned and shaped in order to increase the opportunities available for young people with learning disabilities and additional needs.  We do not require parents to stay on site while activities are taking place as our staff team are fully trained to meet the needs of the children and young people they are working with. 

At the initial application meeting we will establish the type of support the child or young person needs and the best ways to meet that support; we will then signpost to appropriate activities within the organisation and encourage membership to these activities.  Staffing ratios and resources will be organised depending on the needs of the members and this will work on a tiered system, with higher forms of need catered to within our current capacity. 

FairPlay takes place on alternate Saturdays during term time and selected days during the school holidays.

Where is it located and what areas does it cover?

Our Activities Centre is situated in Portswood, Southampton.  This is where the majority of our activities take place though we may organise trips and outings on some occasions.

Who does your service provide for?

We cater for ages from five to eighteen, with more age options available outside of the FairPlay service.  As the voice of learning disability in Southampton, we have particular expertise in this area but are increasingly supporting children with other needs.  FairPlay Junior Club, which runs on alternate Saturday mornings through term time from 9.30am-1.30pm, is for children aged 5-11 and FairPlay Teen Club, which runs on alternate Saturday afternoons through term time from 2.30pm-6.30pm, is for children and young people aged 11-18.  These ages also correspond to the FairPlay Playschemes we provide during school holidays, which runs from 9.30am-4.30pm on selected days.

All of these clubs and playschemes are specialist with a focus on learning disability, but a greater range of children may attend. 

Before joining any of these activities, a care plan and risk assessment is drawn up.  If for any reason we are unable to meet your child's needs, we will support you to identify other providers who may be better placed to do so.

How can I start using the service?

To start using the service, you can make direct contact with the office by emailing or phoning us initially.  You do need to be signed up to the Buzz Network before we can enrol your child/young person. You can find out how to do this by visiting the Buzz Network Web Page.

We will arrange an application meeting with you, during which a member of our Activities team will guide you through the process.  Membership to Southampton Mencap is completely free but the cost for FairPlay is £10.00 for each of the Saturday groups and £17.50 for a playscheme day. 

Although we try to keep waiting lists to a minimum for all of our activities, they are sometimes unavoidable due to the demand on the service; currently there are no waiting lists for any activities but this may change in the future and you will be advised accordingly when you make contact with us.

How are decisions made about who can use your service?

Southampton Mencap is committed to equal opportunities and any decisions made about whether a member is able to access our services will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  At the application stage, a risk assessment will be undertaken and this will allow us to consider a number of factors and whether we are able to provide support in order for all our members to remain safe while under our care.

Before deciding if we are able to meet the needs of an applicant, we will liaise with at least one other professional from an outside organisation (usually a SENCO or class teacher) as well as internally discussing it within the Activities management structure.  If additional measures are needed, such as extra training or particular resources we will discuss this with any relevant staff such as supervisors and support staff, and ensure that these are put in place as soon as possible.

If we are unable to meet an applicant's needs due to, for example, training costs beyond our budget or complex behaviour needs that require Team Teach restraint training, we will ensure that we have explained this clearly and sensitively to the family and, where possible, signposted other relevant organisations that may be able to help.

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?

We communicate with our service users in a number of different ways.  All of our staff are trained to use a number of communication strategies, and a number of staff have more advanced communication strategies such as Makaton (an adapted version of sign language that is widely used by people with learning disabilities alongside speech) and PECs (a form of communication using pictures and symbols to engage people with verbal and communication delays.)

We send out annual evaluations to all service users, including the members themselves where appropriate, and regularly discuss choices within our activities.  We strongly believe that children and young people have a right to choose their own activities and enable them to do this wherever possible.  At the end of sessions we will verbally feedback to parents/carers how their child engaged with the activity, and written feedback is available on request.

All of our communication with parents is clear and jargon-free and we will look into placing additional measures where necessary, such as support for parents where English is an additional language, or support for parents with learning difficulties or additional needs, so that they are fully able to engage with the application and information processes.


Is your service fully accessible?

The Southampton Mencap centre is fully wheelchair accessible and has recently been fitted with a changing room, hoist and other accessible facilities in order to provide for a range of physical needs.  Our staff team will be able to assist your child in accessing a range of different activities at the Mencap Centre, and the base of Portswood high street makes it an ideal location for trips out into the local community for our older members.  We will ensure that staff ratios reflect the needs of the children and young people attending our activities, and that resources and facilities are practical, appropriate and safe.

Within the building, signs are used to direct our users to different areas of the building.  As our offices and activity spaces are situated on one site, we are able to greet members and potential new members easily, talk to parents/carers about any specific daily issues or needs, and easily review and adjust support accordingly.  All support staff are fully trained in recognising and acting upon the needs of children and young people with a range of additional needs, such as autism, and will ensure that any changes in routine are managed through careful planning and adaptation where necessary.

If you wish to get in contact in advance to discuss any specific access requirements, a member of our office team will be happy to help.

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?

All support staff at Southampton Mencap receive mandatory training in the following areas: Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Learning Disability Awareness, Behaviour and Communication, Epilepsy Awareness.

We also provide further training opportunities for First Aid and Makaton, and we will consider other types of training on a case by case basis depending on factors of cost, time and appropriateness to our users.

How will I know my child will be safe using this service?

Southampton Mencap will take every professional measure to minimise potential risk to our members.  We regularly review our practises and procedures in line with the ongoing nature of the needs of our users, and we ensure that our staff are well trained in all aspects of safety.  We have an effective security system in place in terms of access in and out of the building, as well as a high standard of practical safety around all useable areas.  All new referrals to the service will receive a full risk assessment in order to ensure that we are able to meet their needs, and if we feel that extra measures need to be put in place in order to decrease risk even further than we will carefully consult with the family as well as any relevant professionals.

Care plans and vigorous risk assessments are completed for all our users, including those receiving support in the community, such as on trips or through the yPod service.  These consider our users on an individual basis so that everyone is safe.

We are registered with OFSTED, as well as the Support With Confidence scheme through Southampton City Council.

How do I give feedback, make comments or raise concerns?

We welcome all kinds of feedback and comments from our users as these help us to continually improve and add to our services as well as informing future planning.  Opportunities will be made throughout the year for consultations with families, service evaluations are sent out on an annual basis, and comments are gratefully received throughout the year.  You can also use our social media pages on Twitter and Facebook if you would prefer to leave comments in this format.

If there is a need for you to make a formal complaint you will need to write to our Chief Executive Officer Alexandra Iles at Southampton Mencap, 187a Portswood Road, Portswood, Southampton, SO14 6GQ.  A complaints form is available from the office upon request.

Who can I contact for further information?

Your first point of contact if you wish to discuss the needs of your child will be the friendly Activities team who will be happy to give you the assistance, advice or support you require.  You can also liaise with the supervisor and staff on the activities your child is accessing, and these staff will also be available to talk to you at the beginning or end of sessions when your child is in attendance.  The office team and support staff team always work closely together so that you receive a 'joined up' communication system.

Extra advice and support relating to your rights and entitlements as a carer can be received through the Carers in Southampton team, located in the building opposite to ours and available to contact on 023 8058 2387.

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