'Hear My Voice'


Mencap have launched a campaign 'Hear my Voice' which Parkside members may find useful, as the political landscape is changing- clients, families and carers may well want their voice heard and politicians will want to listen; make your vote matter. 

Mencap say...

Huge progress has been made for people with a learning disability and their families in the last generation, but we still have such a long way to go before people with a learning disability are recognised as equal and valued members of society. 1,200 people with a learning disability die needlessly each year in NHS care, 9 out of 10 have been a victim of hate crime, and thousands of people are stuck in units like Winterbourne View.


In the run up to the 2015 General Election, we want the voices of people with a learning disability and their families to be heard. That’s why in May this year Mencap launched the Hear my voice campaign.


Mencap have launched a new website to connect people with a learning disability and their families with their local MP and candidates:  Through the website we can connect with our local candidates by sharing our stories and asking candidates ‘Are you listening?’


Campaign against the cuts to Hampshire's Short Breaks Service- from Hampshire Parent/Carer Network (August 2014)


Many of you have been supporting and following the ongoing campaign we launched to attempt to protect Hampshire’s Short Breaks service, relied on by many of you to have a break from your caring responsibilities and to allow your child/ren to access fun activities with friends and family.


Despite us asking for budgets to be protected, last week Councillor Mans announced a 12wk consultation looking at how short breaks can be delivered on a reduced budget of £1m. We are very worried indeed about these proposals and whilst we will respond to the formal consultation we think it is important for families to let the Council know what short breaks mean to you and what difference they make to your life.


Many of us will be already making use of Short Breaks during the summer holidays so we are calling on you to help us with a Short Breaks postcard campaign! We want to send pictures of children enjoying short breaks this summer, together with a message explaining the difference that it makes to your lives. We need councillors to understand that these activities are at risk if budgets are cut.

Can you help?


We need you to:


  1. Take a photo of your child enjoying a short break activity
  2. contact: Participation at HPCN  for the photo permission form. Please note without this form we cannot use your photo!
  3. Complete the following questions, which will be used to personalise your postcard.
  • Childs age and disability/additional need
  • What activity they are participating in
  • What they gain from this activity
  • What you are able to do whilst they are on their short break


Once they have the photos they will be sending them to the councillors to show them first hand why we need our amazing Short Breaks service!



Young People with Autism

Please see the link below for the consultation on the DRAFT Children's and Young People with Autism strategy.


The consultation period will be from Monday 18th August until and including Friday 7th November 2014.


Planning For The Future Events


Mencap have organised some FREE information sessions where you can find out more about setting up Wills and Trust for the benefit of someone with a learning disability.


For more information, please click here.

Council confirm closure of Meadowcroft


From the article:

At a meeting on Monday, Tory leaders of Hampshire County Council ignored the pleas of hundreds of people in the town, deciding to go ahead with plans to shut the facility.

The decision, part of an overhaul of adult social services in Hampshire, means that families who want respite breaks from caring for severely disabled relatives face an uncertain future.

 To read the full article, click here.




With the ever changing climate we are always looking for ways to plan for a brighter tomorrow. Please keep checking this page for updates and relevant information.


Hardest Hit Rally- May 11th 2011

For more details on the Rally please see:




On Tuesday the 11th of January Parkside hosted a meeting to highlight the current issues, such as future funding cuts and reductions of services.


Outcomes from parents meeting January 2011.pdf


Unfortunatley we are not able to upload a video that was featured in the original presentation.


The video shows footage of BBC South Today taken on 14th of December 2010, where Executive Member for Adult Social Care councillor Felicity Hindson (MBE) states "Different people want different things and Meadowcroft, as a building, is not a building that actually lends itself to providing the choice in the modernised service which people are wanting to choose nowadays."


As can be seen from the outcomes of our meeting the majority of people did not agree with Councillor Hindson, if you are of the same opinion we would suggest that you make your views known. We would suggest contacting the following:


Ken Thornber

The Leader of Hampshire County, Commission Chairman

The Leader's Office
Chief Executive's Department
The Castle
SO23 8UJ


Felicity Hindson

 Executive Member for Adult Social Care

Bramcote House
Church Lane
SO32 3NU


Andrew Lloyd

Chief Executive Officer

 Rushmoor Borough Council

Hampshire County Council
The Castle
SO23 8ZB 

Keep Meadowcroft Open


Hampshire County Council is proposing to make cuts in the services they provide for people with learning disabilities.

Part of these cuts include the closure of Meadowcroft.

Meadowcroft is the only facility of its kind in the Rushmoor and Hart area and provides a life line to parents and carers knowing their dependant is happy in a safe familiar environment.

It is proposed to close Meadowcroft in August 2011 but it is hoped that a new facility will be built in 2015. We are petitioning that Meadowcroft should remain open until a new facility is built. 
The petition will be presented to Hampshire County Council if you would like to support and sign your name there are hardcopies at the Parkside centre as well as online:

Social Services Meeting



On the 19th of January 2011 Manager Suzanne Watkins and Chairman Ted Parker attended a meeting with Social Services to discuss the closure of Meadowcroft and Aldershot Day Services.


Please see the following link to see the results of the meeting:

Social Services Meeting (19th Jan 2011).pdf


Transformation and Changes In Services Events Schedule:

Transformation and Changes In Services Events.pdf


Mencap have organised some FREE information sessions where you can find out more about setting up Wills and Trust for the benefit of someone with a learning disability.


For more information, please click here.


Mencap have organised some FREE information sessions where you can find out more about setting up Wills and Trust for the benefit of someone with a learning disability.


For more information, please click here.