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Southampton Mencap Day Services for adults with a learning disability

Southampton Mencap’s Day Service Programme is for people aged 18+ with a learning disability and is based at the Mencap Centre in Portswood which is located just a few miles from the City Centre. All services are well staffed by an experienced team and organised in small groups enabling them to access a whole range of opportunities.  A person centred approach has been crucial in designing the bespoke programme of activities that individuals enjoy and which help them to meet other people, make new friends and learn practical skills to help them develop their independence skills.  The following activities are available throughout the week:

Mondays - HandyCrafts

This is a fun, creative and practical day service for crafty people who enjoy participating in a range of fun, creative and practical activities.  We offer this in a stimulating environment where everybody is given the support they need to craft beautiful and practical things for the home and learn essential and practical skills.

Tuesdays - Longdown Activity Farm

We are delighted to be working with Longdown Activity Farm, located in Ashurst, to provide a brilliant vocational-based opportunity for adults with a learning disability. It's an ideal choice for anyone who loves to be outside, working with animals, or for those who enjoy practical activities with achievable outcomes.  Participants meet at the Mencap Centre where they are taken by mini-bus and then returned at the end of the day.

Tuesdays and Thursdays - Own2Feet 

This two day internally certificated course has proved extremely successful and has provided a gateway to interesting learning and greater independence, offering an alternative to traditional day services.  We are also able to offer people the option to access one day only.


Wednesdays - Cafe Down the Lane

A social enterprise run by local people with learning disabilities. Set in a charming setting, at our Mencap Centre,. which opens between 12.00 and 3.30pm on Wednesdays only. All food is home made on the premises by our apprentices and volunteer staff. We have occasional live music from guest entertainers. This is an ideal venue for groups and support outreach to meet and have a catch up.

Fridays - Home Kitchen

Our Home Kitchen group is a gateway to increased independence, worthwhile occupation and employment opportunities within the catering field and places a strong focus on healthy lifestyles.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Alexandra Iles
Contact Position
Chief Executive Officer
023 8058 4088
Charity number
Company number

Where to go

Southampton Mencap
187a Portswood Road
SO17 2NF
Children's Centre Areas
Portswood Bevois

The Mencap Centre is purpose built and fully accessible building located in Portswood just a few miles from the City Centre.  It can be found in the lane between October Books and the Post Office opposite the Victory Church.  There is free on-site parking and Portswood is well served by public transport links. 

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays
Time of day
Session Information
Our day service activities operate from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.
There are three 2 week breaks during Christmas, Easter and the end of the summer. Dates are notified in advance and no payment is made for these closures. All other absences must be paid for.

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£59 Per Day
Invoiced monthly in advance.


Referral required
Referral Details

If you are interested in finding out more about any of our Day Service programme then please contact us, or alternatively complete and send back the Expression of Interest form which can be found on our website or by phoning the office on 023 8058 4088.

Any Other Notes

Taster sessions are arranged which are free of charge to determine the suitability of the service.

A four week review is held between the service user, carer and Mencap staff to discuss progress and determine whether all needs are being met and that the placement is a success.

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