ME (Mencap Enables) is an exciting day activity service which is led by the people who use it who decide how their service is run and what activities they do.
The aim of the service is to build on the individual members' strengths and encourage them to support one another.
Activities members have taken part in include yoga, rugby, climbing, zumba, tennis, cooking, drama and crafts, as well as getting out and about in the community, or just enjoying a trip to the park or a local garden centre.
The service runs Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm at two centres:
21 Alexandra Road, Reading RG1 5PE,
St Paul's Church Hall, Whitley Wood Lane, Reading RG2 8PN.
For more information and to ask about fees, telephone the office on 0118 9662518 during office hours (9.30am to 1.30pm) Monday to Friday.
You can find out more about the ME service by downloading a copy of our leaflet.
What difference does Reading Mencap make to the people who use its services?
“It’s good here,” says 63-year-old Linda.
Linda, who has Down's syndrome and is partially sighted, has been attending our ME Day Activity Service for four years, where she has enjoyed a variety of sports including canoeing, tennis, Zumba, tai chi and yoga. She also likes the independence skills, loading and unloading the dishwasher and carrying out the daily health and safety checks.
Linda said: “It’s good here. We do different things like sewing and cooking. We talk about our time here and plan our own activities. We are always on the look out for new things.”
Joining Reading Mencap also means Linda is now more independent and enjoys an active social life with lots of friends. She attends the monthly disco and karaoke and is a keen member of the choir and performing arts club.
While Linda attends activities at Reading Mencap her elderly mother appreciates time to herself in the evenings.
And, as an added bonus, her brother-in-law, Lee, is a fantastic fundraiser for Reading Mencap and has raised thousands through sponsored cycling challenges.
Linda (centre) and Lee are pictured receiving a fundraising certificate from Leslie Macdonald, Chair of Trustees (left).