24-1-2019 - Music of Stage & Screen Show

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR BIG AND BRASSY THE MUSIC OF STAGE AND SCREEN! Last years concert was amazing, dont miss this one and its suitable for all ages..... Call the Princess Hall Box Office

24-1-2019 - Catch up on our news!

Our Autumn - Winter Newsletter is here!

15-11-2018 - Pinewood Quilters Invite

The annual Pinewood Quilters coffee morning, in aid of Parkside is coming soon. Fabulous cakes and a chance to admire some stunning craftwork.

Wednesday 28th November - drop in between 10am -1pm

12, Trefoil Close, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8TS


17-10-2018 - Football with Barclays

Today we had a great time with the local Barclays Bank mortgage team. Another good turnout for some competitive rounds of footie!   

13-9-2018 - Lottery Birthday Celebrations

A huge thank you to Gemma and Adam who kindly supported the Rushmoor Lottery 1st Birthday celebration. The skills they have learnt at our FAB Cafe within Farnborough Library really shone at the event. Our thanks to Rushmoor Borough Council for inviting us! You could be a winner sign up and support us!! visit:-

8-8-2018 - Choose Smile Amazon for us!

Parkside have registered with Smile Amazon. If you are a keen Amazon shopper we will benefit. It’s quite simple to choose the Smile Amazon  route visit  and you will be guided; you need to put our full name in with the charity search name element!

4-6-2018 - Fun day for TAB at Marwell Zoo

The TAB Saturday group had a great day out at Marwell Zoo! They recently raised over £60 from their Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea event, and that paid for some treats at Marwell! The sun shone and everyone declared they had a brilliant day!

30-5-2018 - Insight Legal Software Gift!


We were delighted today to welcome Gayle and Anna representatives from Insight Legal Software Ltd, who were delivering a fantastic donation of some 150 cans of soft drinks to Parkside. The drinks were left over from a recent successful marketing campaign for Insight Legal Software Ltd. The company decided that a local charity might benefit from the donation and chose us.


Gayle Clarke Insight Legal Software Ltd, Marketing Manager said “we are delighted to be able to support Parkside with this donation and hope that we can work with Parkside on other charitable initiatives”


The drinks certainly proved popular with Service Users who were attending a drop in session when the drinks were delivered. Jackie Carr Parkside Development Manager said “Our thanks to Insight Legal for this lovely and very useful donation; many wanted to join Gayle and Anna in the picture. The drinks will be used at our forthcoming Summer Fete Saturday 30th 1pm-3pm.” 

24-5-2018 - Sunshine & Song at Parkside

The Parkside Players aka the Music Therapy Group are putting on a show. All welcome for an afternoon of entertainment!

15-5-2018 - Piano Recital

Visit the website for more details

Held in Japan and the UK, Jamie's Concerts were conceived by Japanese pianist Noriko Ogawa, through her own experience of living with the family of a child with severe autism, Jamie, when she first moved to the UK.

1-5-2018 - Big and Brassy

The 2018 Big and Brassy Take 2 event was amazing all the bands playing were exceptional and to think they only had 1 full rehearsal day! Tenovus choir gave us such a moving performance and Victoria Hodges solo blew us away. Parkside are so lucky to be one of the charities benefiting from this wonderful event. Thank you Linda and Ray Somers Big and Brassy Missed it this year? then pop 31st March 2019 in your diary- Take 3!!


STOP PRESS!  Due to the forecast of further deterioration of the weather we have taken the decision to cancel the following evening clubs - Gateway Club tonight Wednesday 28th Feb and JET Thursday 1st March. FURTHER WEATHER UPDATES WILL BE POSTED HERE

19-2-2018 - AGM All welcome-6th March

Please come and join us for our annual AGM Tuesday 6th March at 7pm!

14-12-2017 - The Great British Turkey Hunt

Today we saw the PIP Players perform a fantastic story around missing turkeys! It was full of Christmas songs and more..... The acting was superb with a special mention to Kevin whose double role was captivating!!

14-11-2017 - Parkside Players Xmas Show

Come along and join in this fun performance, presented by the Parkside Players

23-10-2017 - Christmas Fair

A note for your diary!

We are busy preparing another fantastic Christmas Fair, please tell your family and friends to come along and support the event!

7-9-2017 - Admin email news!

Please note that we have changed the email address for the Admin Team at Parkside!

21-8-2017 - The Challenge is this week!

Still time to sponsor Hannah, Shanie, Katie, Nicky, Ben and Ted: staff and Trustee of Parkside. This brilliant team are doing a thrilling challenge to raise money for Parkside - Aldershot and District Learning Disability. They are taking part in the ZIP WIRE and QUICK JUMP Challenge -Barfields have one of the highest, longest zip wires in the country. Participants climb to the top of the 65 foot launch platform and prepare to descend the 200m zip wire at speeds of up to 30mph. QUICK JUMP Reaching the pinnacle of the 40-foot tree canopy, participants take a big step and free fall 15-20 feet before the "Quick Jump" devise gradually slows them down and lowers them the remaining distance.
Please Sponsor them and help support Parkside.

14-8-2017 - Mayors Cycle Ride 2017

The Mayors Charity Cycle ride is an event that raises funds for 3 charities in Rushmoor. Parkside is one of them. You can register as a group or on your own and then have fun following the suggestions. To enter: Adults £10 Kids (u18) £5 Family or team of 4 £20

8-8-2017 - Parkside Staff Zip Challenge

Some of the staff at Parkside are doing a Zip Wire Challenge at Three Peaks Barfield, 23rd August! and would love it, if you would support their efforts. Thank you Hannah Buckle for setting up a Parkside page. Pictures to follow......Want to donate just use the link. Good luck to all of you!

7-8-2017 - Summer Fun

Summer Fun

The summer play scheme has been great fun so far. We have had 6 ducklings hatch and this has provided great excitement and interest from all the clients and staff at Parkside. We have also had a visit from Farnham and District Model Railway Club. They brought along a childrens train layout they have made which the children were enchanted with; we must thank Terry and Charles for this brilliant actvity. You could win this actual train layout if you go along to the annual open day held at Connaught School 14 or 15th October! Tickets will cost £1 but can only be brought at the show!


Rushmoor Council has launched their Lottery scheme which will benefit many charities. To all our friends and supporters for every ticket you buy with Parkside as your chosen charity we get 50p! and you could win up to £25,000! Good luck!

29-6-2017 - Summer Fete 2017

Saturday 1st July 2017 come along and have some fun!

26-6-2017 - Youth Group helpout at Tescos!

The Youth Group were trying something different by assisting Tesco customers bagging their shopping. The opportunity gave them all a chance to develop communication skills and see how customers like to pack their shopping! Tesco also let them do some fundraising, which was brilliant!

6-6-2017 - HART Lottery Launch

We are now an official beneficiary of the Hart Lottery. You can follow the link to purchase tickets for this worthwhile cause and you could even win £25,000!

1-6-2017 - Parkside Players Show

Parkside Players

Music Therapy Group Presents


Dancing Through The Decades

Come along show starts @1.15pm

Thursday 8th June

Refreshments and Raffle on sale!


57 Guildford Rd

25-4-2017 - Champion Marathon Runner

Well done to Becky McMahon who ran the London Marathon on behalf of Parkside and Marie Curie. Becky's time was 4:14:57, beating her pevious time by 4min23secs! To top it all she had her medal put on her by Kate the Duchess of Cambridge. Becky has raised around £2000 so far for her chosen charities. 

10-4-2017 - Volunteering - Young people

Want to volunteer and add something to your CV or University Application? Our summer play-scheme has vacancies for committed young people to enhance their life skills and have some fun! CALL SUZANNE TO FIND OUT MORE 01252 313103

29-3-2017 - AGM Tuesday 28 March

Thank you to everyone who attended the annual AGM and celebrated the fantastic achievements of the Youth Group. This group of enthusiastic young people told all the visitors  about the different courses and experiences they have had to date. Parkside are working hard to develop life skills and one day hope we see some of these youngsters progress to a work experience project.

16-3-2017 - AGM Tuesday 28 March

Please join us for the annual AGM. If you are a member of Parkside you will have information on how to access the accounts via AGM Matters on the homepage. Any questions please call the Admin office 01252 313103

8-2-2017 - Sensory Suite Opened!

We are delighted to announce that the newly refurbished Sensory Suite is now open. The existing suite had become out-dated and much of the equipment was no longer supported or financially viable to maintain.


We were delighted to learn last year that the Frimley based company, SC Johnson supported the refurbishment, with a donation of £19,765. This fantastic amount has paid for a new illuminated ball pool, tubes, water bed, therapy chair, LED projectors, sound system and padding. 


Its just brillaint that our clients and community users are able to have such a wonderful and comfortable facility, which is what matters!

7-2-2017 - The return of Nickys Night

The Return of Nickys Night!

A great Night out, contact Parkside for ticket availability

30-1-2017 - Blackwater Valley Runners

Well done to the Blackwater Valley Runners who have raised a magnificent £1,500 for Parkside at the Rushmoor Wellesley 10k event, BRILLIANT looks like it was fun too!

20-7-2016 - Parkside Bake Off Judges!

Herrington Carmichael invited us to their staff annual picnic. We also judged their staff 'Bake off' great fun was had by all!

9-5-2016 - SUMMER FETE

There is only 4 weeks to the this years Summer Fete. We have had some great support from local companies already!

With some great prizes to be won on the day. Fancy Afternoon Tea at the Aviator, A family fun day at Bird World in Farnham or The Look Out Discovery Centre in Bracknell just some of the delights to be won.

Bring the family along for a fun afternoon! 

1-2-2016 - Aerobility

Aerobility- Aviation Education Programmes


Why not go along to an Open Morning and find out more....

Saturday 30th April 10am-12pm


Saturday 29th May 10am-12pm

'A fun sociable course for young people (14-19) with a physical disabilities and/or mild to moderate learning disabilities to learn all about the world of aviation'

Where: Blackbushe Airport, Blackbushe, Camberley, Hants GU17 9LQ

For more information or to find out how to book a place contact Nicola Saunders:

Tel: 0303 303 1230

28-1-2016 - Catering Manager Vacancy

Check out our recruitment page if you are interested in joining Parkside's FAB Cafe, as a Catering Manager.

Applications packs are available now closing date 19th February.

27-1-2016 - Nickys Night Fundraiser

Why Nicky’s Night?

Nicky’s sister Tracey wanted to create an event that would raise money for Parkside a charity that supports both Nicky and her family. Tracey said “I want my sister to have a life she enjoys, friends to socialise with, events and activities to join in with, learn new things and most importantly be with people who care for her as much as I do.  I want my retired parents to have some time to themselves and let others help with the care of their middle aged daughter, I know they will do this if she is safe and happy. I believe everyone deserves to get the most from life!


When: Saturday 9th April, 2016

Time: 6.30pm welcome drink on arrival

Carriages: 11.00pm

Ticket only: £10 per head, includes an evening meal. There will also be a licensed bar available to purchase drinks.

Auction: Desert will available via the famous pudding auction on the night.

Enjoy and evening of entertainment and fun-Ladies pop on your posh frock for you men, black tie is optional!

29-10-2015 - Coffee and Cake Morning

15-10-2015 - Fab Cafe Opens

The FAB Café officially opened on wednesady 14th October this is an exciting work experience project which will follow on from a scheme currently running at the Café in the Park in Aldershot. The FAB Café will offer 16 young people with a learning disability the opportunity to join a work experience programme to help them with their employment goals.

The event opened with Mr Ted Parker, Chairman of Parkside explaining how the charity has been able to develop this project in Farnborough. The centre in Farnborough will also have an activity room which will be home to a range of clubs and activities for clients who live in the surrounding area. Mr Parker thanked all the supporters who attended.


How to apply


How to apply

9-7-2015 - Barclays Parkside Challenge


On Wednesday 8th July we were lucky enough to secure the services of 9 members of staff from Barclays at our Garden project in Gillian Avenue. The garden has been rather taken over by some extremely invasive weeds and in some areas it was hard to see some of the lovely plants below. The poly tunnel was dug over and all the brambles cleared, benches painted all in all the Garden looked lovely- Thank you all!

2-7-2015 - Brilliant Volunteering Day

Today we had a magnificent team from Telereal Trillium who kindly came along and helped with prepping jobs for the Summer Fete. They filled cups with sand, ticketed soft toys, put up bunting, wrapped sweets, made up prizes, delivered leaflets and sorted out a shed load of old Gazebo parts to make up two for the Fete. We are very grateful for their support and to Michelle Davies whose knitting and baking skills have long been admired at Parkside, the beautifully knitted pig is going to be a lucky win for someone.


28-5-2015 - Gardener Wanted!

Gardener Wanted!

We have a lovley garden in Aldershot which is used for our Garden groups. We are keen to attract a gardener who might like to volunteer in helping us stay on top of the various areas of the garden. We have a decent size poly-tunnel, water features, vegetable and general garden areas that need some TLC. If you are interested we would love to hear from you call: 01252 313103 and ask for Jackie Carr

26-5-2015 - Break-in at Parkside Caf


We were shocked to discover that our lovely community Café was broken into we believe either late Friday or early Saturday 15/16th May.  The break-in was discovered late Saturday morning by one of the clients who is on the work experience programme at the Café.  The Police were alerted and a Scenes of Crime Officer was called from Winchester.  


Ted Parker the Chairman of Parkside attended the scene Saturday and said “ the Police have been thorough in looking over the crime scene and advised us this was not an opportunist but someone who had deliberately targeted our Café. There was only a small float of money taken but I think it was the theft of the collection box which was particularly awful. As a charity we rely on the public’s generosity and we have some lovely support here in Aldershot, so for someone to do this is just awful”


Suzanne Watkins the Support Services Manager who also attended the scene on Saturday said  “ this is really awful our clients who gain valuable work experience on this scheme are very shocked which in itself is very sad. We have had to close the Café this weekend so those clients have also lost their Café time which they love and we will  lose more money. The fact the weather is nice means we will be unable to provide the families in the park with our service which we pride ourselves on. A lot of people have been affected by this crime”


Should anyone know anything we would urge them to contact the local Police the crime reference is 398. The collection boxes for Parkside are a distinctive red with the Parkside Tree logo on it.




9-4-2015 - Summer Schemes 2015



Parkside are now taking applications for places on their annual and very popular summer schemes.


Childrens Play-scheme at Parkside for those age

6-17 years

Adult Scheme in Farnborough for those age 18+


When: 27th July—28th August (5 weeks)


Places are limited so apply now!


For details and an application form contact:

Suzanne Watkins- Tel: 01252 313103


Closing date Friday 22nd May-2015


30-3-2015 - AGM Tuesday 31st March

agm poster.jpg

To all members and friends of Parkside you are invited to attend the 2015 AGM which is being held 31st March 2015. The  meeting will start at 7:00pm and last for approximately one hour followed by refreshments.


The past year has been a challenging year for Parkside, some of you will be aware that we have begun to implement some changes that we hope will ensure Parkside is able to continue to offer our clients a personal service to meet their needs. We hope you can join us.


Find out about changes at Parkside 

 Join us and have your say


When: Tuesday 3rd Februaury at 7pm

13-1-2015 - Work Experience Opportunities

Work Experience Opportunities


Adults with Learning Disabilities

At the NEW!

Parkside FAB Cafe


Opening within Farnborough Library Summer 2015


Parkside are delighted to announce the opening of their second cafe located in Farnborough. If you are interested in applying for un-paid work experience then download this document; print it out, fill out the form on the second page to register your interest. You might want to ask someone to help you with this.


Your form must be returned to the address below no later than 27th March 2015.


Address: Parkside, 57 Guidlford Road, Aldershot, Hants, GU12 4BP


Tel: 01252 313103




9-12-2014 - Christmas Fair

Christmas Magic at Parkside

This years Christmas Fair was a real delight and very well attended by our wonderful supporters and clients. It was a very cold day but the crowds in the hall soon warmed everyone up. The event was made more special by the volunteers from the Aldershot Baptist church who sang a fantastic array of Carols ably assisted by our very own Nicky Parker. Our thanks are also extended to the lovely Barclays Bank volunteers who helped us on the day. This was very much appreciated and they certainly earnt their mince pie! Thank you also to the lovely Jim Goodman for his support of Parkside and his beautiful wooden items. To Jean Bell and Michelle Davies for not only contributing but helping out too! Thank you to all the cake bakers and volunteers it was a brilliant event!

24-11-2014 - Christmas Craft Day with FIL

It was all hands to the deck as Parkside (Aldershot and District Learning Disability) welcomed a team of  volunteers from FIL Farnborough International Ltd.  The team spent a day at Parkside as part of their volunteering activities and this proved extremely beneficial as Parkside who help over 300 people with learning disabilities embark on a range of Christmas activities.


The team worked tirelessly throughout the day from making mince pies, to cutting out scenery for the pantomime, being staged by the Parkside clients affectionately known as Parkside Players. The volunteering team brought a beautiful Christmas swag with lights that now adorns the stage area alongside some interesting silhouette artwork displayed within the hall. The staff from FIL  finished the day with some lovely feedback Megan said “it was a great day, great experience everyone should give something back.”  Rachel said she loved “meeting new people.” Jeegar said “ haven’t laughed so much in a long time.”


Suzanne Watkins the Service Support Manager said “the day was absolutely wonderful and the staff from FIL really came prepared to make the most of their day. The clients loved having them and all the activities were busy with everyone joining in. We made many mince pies which we will be enjoying at our Christmas Fair, most of all without the kindness of the business community it would be difficult for us to create a lot of the  opportunities that we do for our clients” 

22-9-2014 - Rushmoor in Bloom Awards

Results are now in for Rushmoor in Bloom and what a brilliant result for the group. Well done Val and the team!


Silver Award - Best Floral Display using Baskets and/or Containers (including balconies)


2nd Place for most improved in the Wildlife Patch category


Joint 4th Place Best Garden for Birds in the Wildlife Patch category

  Find out more about what goes on in the garden by reading Vals garden news here

8-9-2014 - Suzanne's Help for Heroes

We are all wishing Suzanne lots of luck as she embarks later this week on her challenge in aid of Help for Heroes. We are very proud of you and everyone here is thinking of you. Suzanne will be walking the Freedom Trail which is a four day ...trek that retraces one of the many WWII escape routes, used by those escaping Nazi oppression from France into Spain across the Pyrenees Mountains.
Some serious mountain walking will be taking place and the following is an idea of what Suzanne will be doing.
Trek Day 1, 7 hours approx.
Trek Day 2, 8+ hours approx.
Trek Day 3, 7 hours approx.
Trek Day 4, 8+ hours approx.
The picture shows Suzanne on one of her training days in the UK. GOODLUCK!

12-8-2014 - The Challenge at Parkside


Thirteen willing 16 year olds who have signed up for the NCS ‘The Challenge‘ visited Parkside as part of their Citizen programme. The group had made a previous visit to us to find out what Parkside does in the community and how they could help. The first visit offered them an opportunity to see the garden project followed by a visit to the main Parkside Centre. They were shown the impressive Sensory Suite and Suzanne Watkins then explained how the equipment helped the clients using the suite. They also visited the Parkside Café and met with clients from the PIP+ group. This group was set up to meet the needs of our older adults with learning difficulties who now sadly have dementia. All this gave them much to think about, as part of their challenge is to create and implement a fundraising campaign for Parkside.


The following week the group spent a day painting the fences at Gillian Avenue, this was a very useful exercise as it does help with our maintenance costs. Rachael Tucker a Senior Mentor from NCS said “ they really gained an insight into what Parkside does and the difficulties that people encounter with learning difficulties. These visits will really help them understand their fundraising challenge and they are all looking forward to it” They will be reporting back in October on how well they did with their campaign, so we look forward to hearing from them.

Good luck!


Notes about NCS

NCS National Citizen Service

NCS brings young people together from all different backgrounds in a common purpose and by offering new experiences, gives them the chance to learn new skills and meet new people. This helps young people discover their talents and realise their potential whilst having fun

Through delivery of NCS, we bring together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society.

NCS is a government funded initiative that supports community engagement and social integration among young people

4-8-2014 - Volunteering in the Sunshine


Not even the sun could stop a group of willing volunteers from the Barclays Mortgage Advisory Team (4 Counties) from helping the charity Parkside (Aldershot & District Learning Disability). As the sun shone down with intensity the 2 groups laboured away at 2 different venues.  


The first group worked tirelessly at Parkside in Guildford Rd on outside maintenance the fences were treated the metal poles around the front doors and signs were repainted. The weeds and leaves cleared leaving the front of the property looking refreshed.  Andrea Harland who led the group said “the team are always keen to volunteer in the community and we were delighted to be able to help Parkside today, we came prepared and had plenty of sun screen and water!”


The other group were tasked with chopping up an old concrete driveway that leads up to the garden. Over the years this has cracked and become uneven making it difficult for those with mobility problems to access the garden easily. With the kind generosity of Barclays they were able to relay a new surface. The team toiled for the whole morning clearing the site ready for the concrete. Ted Parker Chair of Trustees at Parkside said “both our locations require on-going maintenance and the kindness of volunteers like those today from Barclays means we can keep maintenance costs to a minimum. It also offers our clients the opportunity to work alongside people from different industries”

4-8-2014 - Kermit in Wonderland

A fantastic production was played out by the clients that attend Parkside (Aldershot and District Learning disability). The show titled ‘Kermit in Wonderland’ was produced by the Music Therapy group who meet weekly to enjoy music in all forms. The clients chose their songs and even created a piece of music using special equipment that enables everyone the opportunity to produce a unique sound. 


Diane Byrne who leads the music group and also used her sign language skills to narrate the show said “all the music was chosen by the clients who particularly like Abba songs and Doctor Who music. I am delighted by the final production and all the hard work everyone has put in.  Over the years of producing these wonderful shows I have seen the generosity people have shown and we have been able to purchase additional equipment for everyone to enjoy”

8-7-2014 - Elvis at Parkside

Members of the Gateway club enjoyed an evening of Elvis as  again, Dale Fontaine entertained everyone with his fantastic renditions of some Elvis classics.

3-6-2014 - Thank You

Suzanne would like to thank all who helped and supported with her Half Term Fun event which raised £350 for Help for Heroes

23-5-2014 - Parkside Fun Day 2014

Fun Day 2014 has been postponed until September, when we are hoping to have a smaller event. We will of course let you know when we have a nice sunny day booked!

2-5-2014 - Summer Play Scheme 2014

Parkside is again running a summer play scheme for children aged 6 - 19. Full details and a referral form can be found under: Leaflets and Posters, or please ring the office (01252 313103) for a form.

5-3-2014 - PIP have fun flipping Pancakes

13-2-2014 - Fundraising Concert

One of our lovely supporters has organised a Concert to raise funds for us. Please help support us by buying a ticket!

16-1-2014 - Paul's trek in the news

Parkside client Paul Baker has made headlines in the local newspaper - see article above.


Paul's trek in Nepal raised £1,327.50 and he was delighted to hand over a cheque to Ted Parker, Parkside Chairman, at the charity's Christmas Tea Party last month.


Well done and thanks once again to Paul for your courage and effort to help other Parkside clients.

11-12-2013 - Christmas at Parkside

We hope you are all enjoying the festive season.


A reminder that there are Christmas parties on the following dates:


After School Club - Monday 16th December

FAB - Wednesday 18th December

Gateway - Wednesday 18th December

Jet - Thursday 19th December


PIP Christmas Party - Friday 20th December 6:30-9pm

Cost per client £2.50 and clients must supported by a carer. The Music Therapy Group will be performing their latest production. Buffet and drinks will be provided.


Children's Christmas Party - 21st December 11am-3pm.


Parkside will be closed from Sunday 22nd December until Monday 6th January.


We wish all our service users, staff and supporters a very Happy Christmas and a great New Year.

2-12-2013 - PIP PERFORMANCE !!


The day the Snow Queen met Father Christmas

An original Christmas story

Thursday 12th December

Doors open 1.30p.m.

Performance starts at 1.45 p.m.


There will also be refreshments available to buy and a raffle.

We hope you can join us for an afternoon of family fun for all.

21-10-2013 - Paul's adventure in Nepal ends

Paul Baker and his dad Ken arrived back from their trek in Nepal on 13th October.


Paul succeeded in climbing to 9000 feet, over half the height to Pang Pema. This was the most difficult and strenuous part of the climb.


There was often a sheer drop at the side of the narrow track and Paul had to cross waterfalls, gullies or valleys that flowed into the river below.


Paul had been going really well but unfortunately began to exhibit the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and had to be taken off the mountain by helicopter - quite an adventure in itself!


There are many seasoned ramblers who could not have coped with the conditions, so well done to Paul for his bravery and determination to climb as far as he did.


Paul managed to reduce his weight to 15 stone, 12.75 lbs, a weight loss of nearly 17 lbs.


You can read a full report on his trek here:


Thank you to everyone who has sponsored Paul, please now get in touch with Parkside at or by post to: Parkside, Guildford Road, Aldershot, Hants GU12 4BP for the attention of their Development Manager to make payments. If you pay income tax, please indicate if you would like us to Gift Aid your donation.


Thank you to everyone who has already donated.

14-10-2013 - Fishing match raises 200

Parkside would like to thank Aldershot Garrison Angling Club who have raised £200 from a charity fishing match.


Pictured above is David Ashburner presenting the cheque to Val Waldock and Parkside's Thursday Garden Group.

7-10-2013 - Sponsored Silence raises 380

Carly (pictured above), Jackie, Peter and Sonia from Parkside's Thursday garden group raised £380 by staying completely quiet for 3 whole hours!


This was quiet a feat, especially for Sonia, who is well known for being the chatterbox of Parkside!


The 'fab four' all had a special T-shirt made so everyone knew what they had achieved.


Our thanks to Val Waldock for supporting our team and helping them achieve their goal.

30-9-2013 - Garden Group success!

Parkside's garden group in Gillian Avenue has been awarded a Silver Gilt for Most Unusual Planted Container at the 2013 Rushmoor in Bloom awards. The group also received 2nd place for the Best Wildlife Patch award.


The Parkside centre in Guildford Road was awarded Silver for Best Floral Display using baskets and containers.


Our thanks and congratulations go to Val, Angie and everyone who was involved for their hard work in achieving such a great result!

6-9-2013 - Sponsor Paul in Nepal

It is still not too late to sponsor Paul Baker on his trek in Nepal. You can do this up to 14th October when he returns from Nepal.


He weighed in on 29th August at 17 stone 1.5 lbs and left for Nepal on 31st August. He hopes to get down nearer his target weight of 14 stone.


For full details of the trek and how to sponsor Paul, see the story below. We will post any further news about the trek here so watch this space to find out how he does!


We wish Paul the best of luck and a safe journey.

6-9-2013 - Sponsor the Mayor's skydive!

The Mayor and Chief Executive of Rushmoor are doing a sponsored skydive for the Mayor's charities - which includes Parkside - on 21st September.


Mayor Terry Bridgeman and Chief Exective Andrew Lloyd have never jumped from a plane before so are approaching the day with a great deal of trepidation.


Make sure their jump is worthwhile and raises funds for Parkside by sponsoring them now at:


For further details see:

9-7-2013 - Paul's Trek to Nepal

Paul Baker sponsored trek to Kanchchanjunga Base Camp,


Paul and his dad Ken will be doing this trek in
September/October 2013. This is a remote region of Nepal so they will be camping and will be accompanied by a guide, cook and porters. They will be walking for 5/6 hours most days and the trek will take about 20 days plus any
rest days. The base camp at Pangpema is 5140 metres or16863 feet high, the route goes up and down the lowest point being about 1000 metres or 3280 feet.


Paul is hoping to raise funds for Parkside (Aldershot and
District Mencap) by means of a sponsored weight loss or alternatively by the highest point achieved on the trek.


 Paul is 48 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall is currently
overweight at 18 stone and hopes to get down nearer his target weight of 14 stone.


Paul and his dad will complete as much of the trek as possible, hopefully the complete circuit.


Paul is a member of NE Hants ramblers and with his dad has led the Christmas walk and lunch for the past few years.


If you would like to sponsor Paul please copy this form and send it to Parkside by email or post
Parkside (Aldershot and District Mencap), Guildford Road,
Aldershot, Hants GU12 4BP


There will be a weigh in at Parkside before Paul leaves for
Nepal and on his return.



Sponsor’s declaration











I will donate £…..p… Parkside for each pound weight that Paul loses.


Alternatively/or as well


I will donate £……p….. for each 1000 feet climbed overall to the nearest 1000 (i.e. 17,000 if Paul reaches his objective of the base camp at Pangpema).


24-6-2013 - Fabulous Fun Day Raises 3000+

Fun Day Raises over £3000



The weather last week did all it could to convince us to cancel our annual fun day but we were determined to carry on - despite rain overnight and a very chilly breeze on the day!

Please take a look at all the photos which are already on our Facebook page and will be added to the website shortly.

There are so many people to thank:-

Barclays Bank, Fun Time Dance and Drama, Tesco Aldershot, 360 Automations Ltd, Aldershot
Ski Centre

Our fabulous entertainers including our very own Elvis (Dale Fontaine), The Westy Choir,
PAG, Beudaveitch and The Gaming Zone.

The Army - thanks to Glen Bullivant and his team and Rushmoor Youth Offending Team.

Parkside's Executive - especially Ted Parker, Chris Horner, Steve Mellor, Alex Crawford, Beryl Armstrong, Ken Baker, Deborah Edwards, Mike Williams, Phil Underwood, Mike Jones

Parkside Support Staff and Admin Team - with special mentions to Suzanne, Debs, Angie, Lisa, Rosemary, Jan, Nicky, Sarah, Gabby, Megan, Michelle, Val and Sonia

An extra big thank you to all the friends and family of those above who also came down.

Long Time supporters like Len and Peg Hale, Jean Bell and Iris and Adrienne and the Harrison Family and newer supporters like Sue

I am sure there were more ……


And finally,
to all of you who braved the wind and risk of rain to make the day so special – we hope you enjoyed it all as much as we did.


Karen Creeth
– Parkside’s Development Manager

21-3-2013 - B and Q and Wrigley's Donate!

Parkside Attract Support from National Companies


We are very proud that we have the continued support of two well known companies, Wrigley's and B and Q.


Karen Creeth, Parkside's Development Manager, collected a huge trolley of goods from B and Q Farnborough last week.  Included in the donation were gorgeous throws and cushions for our "chill out" area at Parkside and items for the Gardening project and for use in our Rushmoor in Bloom entries this year.


Wrigley's are supporting our fundraising this year with donations of sweets which will be prizes at the Tea Party on 12th April and the Fun Day on 23rd June.


We are very pleased that these organisations recognise the value of the work that we do.


If you would like to support us through gifts, donations or by volunteering or sponsoring a group, please contact Karen on 01252 313103 or by email (




Hairdressing Dates


1st May 2013


5th June 2013


Dawn offers appointments from 4-5.30pm


Please call Parkside on 01252 313103

13-2-2013 - Parkside AGM & Teen Zone Show

Tuesday 5th March 2013

7-9 pm.


Parkside Teen Zone Club and the Parkside Executive Committee cordially invite you to the 2013 Teen Zone Talent Show and AGM. 


2012 (our 50th Anniversary year) was a very exciting time for Parkside. 2013 is set to be equally exciting as we have identified many development opportunities which will expand our current projects and add some new ones.


We are very keen to ensure that all our developments reflect the needs of local people with learning disability and we do hope that you are able to join in that discussion?


During the evening Members of Teen Zone have been invited to showcase their talents.  We are very proud of their achievements and very pleased to be able to demonstrate the value of the services we offer to adults and children with learning disabilites via this performance.


As an independent local charity, a key part of the future needs to be the development of our management team, particularly our Executive Committee.  The Executive meets every 6 weeks and have responsibility for the governance of Parkside.  This covers key areas such as Finance, Personnel, Service Delivery, Health and Safety, Development and Planning.


This is a fundamental and vital voluntary role within a thriving local charity offering you the chance to influence the services provided for adults and children with learning disabilty.


If you are interested in standing for the Executive Committee, please contact Ted Parker by Tuesday 25th February 2013.  Alternatively you can complete the form via our website or contact us via the Parkside office on 01252 313103.


Hope to see you on March 5th 2013.  Refreshments will be provided.


Parkside's Log Cabin at our garden in Gillian Avenue was officially opened last Thursday by Len and Peg Hale, long time supporters of Parkside.  We were joined at the party by ex Mayor and good friend of Parkside, Alex Crawford, and by Alison Miller and Cathy Fell of BAE Systems.  The Cabin was purchased thanks to a donation from BAE Systems and fundraising by Peter Taylor and Jackie Sewell of the Tuesday Garden group. 

16-1-2013 - Adult Summer Scheme


Many of you will be aware that the PIP Scheme, our adult day service, currently closes for four weeks during August each year.  This is to allow us to run our Childrens Summer Playscheme at Parkside which was set up many years ago before the PIP Scheme began.  This clearly causes some difficulty for clients who then do not have any activities to attend during August, for this reason we are looking at how and if we could provide an alternative service.


We are considering the possibility of an Adult Summer Scheme during August, this could be open to anyone with a learning disability not just those who currently access PIP.  It would generally be based on 1:3 staffing as with PIP but other arrangements could be made for those who require 1:1 support.  We anticipate that the sessions could run from 10a.m to 3p.m and could involve days out and activities which are not generally offered within the regular PIP sessions.  Costings have not yet been finalised but are likely to be similar to the current PIP charges.


At this stage we are trying to establish an estimated number of people who would be interested in using this service, this information will help in sourcing an appropriate venue to use as a base and also with considering staffing, transport, charging costs etc.


If you think you may be interested in using this service, would you please register your interest by phoning me on 01252 313103 or 07746044222 or e-mailing


By registering an interest you are not committing to use the service but it will give me some guidelines to work with when planning.  Please do also make suggestions, requests etc which I will consider when developing the service, as with all our services we are keen to ensure that they are user-led and we welcome input from our clients and carers.


Best Wishes


Suzanne Watkins

Support Services Manager

17-12-2012 - Volunteers for 50 Years

Parkside Recognises Long Term Volunteers


Parkside thanked Rose Gubby and Val Goodyear at the Gateway Club on Wednesday 12th December for 50 years of supporting Parkside

Both Val and Rose have been with the club since it started.

Ted Parker, the Chairman of the Parkside Executive Committee, gave Rose and Val a commemorative plaque in recognition of their huge contribution to Parkside and all the members of the Gateway Club. 

3-12-2012 - Tea Party Raises 690

 Thank you to everyone who came to our Tea Party on Friday 30th November.  We raised £690 for the work that we do supporting local people with learning disabilities.

It was lovely to see so many enjoying the cakes donated by Debs Lewis and her sisters.  They were delicious.

A special thank you to everyone else who brought cakes in too.

And a big thank you to all those who made christmas gifts, or donated items for the Tombola, Raffle and Bric a Brac stalls.

There are raffle prizes to be claimed by Marcus Drury, Lisa Wilson and Hale.

19-11-2012 - Did You See Us on TV?

Teen Zone Teenagers Join BBC South Children in Need event at Intech


Parkside were very pleased to be invited by the BBC South team to attend their outside broadcast from InTech on Friday 16th November.

Joel and Maria were interviewed live by Laura Trant (with Karen and Suzanne) for BBC South Today.

Kieren, Charlotte, Stacey, Elizabeth and Jade came with their families to join in the fun.  Thanks to David at Link Up Ltd we all have Parkside T Shirts to wear.  I hear we were easy to spot amongst the crowds! 


16-11-2012 - Local Resident to Donate Cake!

Thank you to Leanne Edwards of Ash Vale.

After seeing the BBC South Children in Need Challenge, she has contacted us and offered to provide us with some cakes for our Tea Party.

We have had so many good things to come out of our TV Appearance this week.  Thank you to everyone who has been in touch.

16-11-2012 - DIY Challenge on You Tube

All of our wonderful BBC South DIY Challenges can now be found on You Tube.

You can follow the links below or put Bbcsouthtoday Channel into the You Tube Search box.

Good luck and do let us know what you think.

13-11-2012 - Hot Lunch from Turners

A Huge Thank you to Paul Turner of Turners Butchers, North Lane Aldershot.

Paul saw Parkside on BBC South on 12th November and offered a hot sausage lunch to everyone at Parkside today, Tues. 13th November.

Paul recently appeared on Dragons Den and is working with Peter Jones to sell his sausages nationally.

Parkside agree they are delicious!

12-11-2012 - Christmas Tea Party and Fair

Christmas Tea Party


Xmas Fair



Friday 30th November




Parkside, Guildford Road, Aldershot



Refreshments and Home Made Cakes



Christmas Gifts



Come and See Our Newly Decorated Hall and Lobby

Thanks to BBC South Today and Children in Need


What a Transformation


We don't recognise our Parkside lobby and hall today.

Thank you to

BBC South, especially Pete Dougherty, Jo Babbage and the presenters, camera men and sound crew.

B and Q Farnborough

Ikea Southampton

World Wide Carpets in Aldershot

JK Build


A special thanks to those who volunteered their time all weekend, including Ted, Ivan and David.


AND an extra special thank you to the Teenagers who came to help including Maria, Stacey, Joel, Brandon, Jade, Elizabeth and Stuart and Zack.


They did a fabulous job with the painting, decorating and toast making


Our Teen Zone club is funded by a grant from Children in Need


The BBC Films will be shown on BBC South Today at 6.30pm on Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th November

Children in Need is on Friday 16th November


Please come to see the transformation at our Christmas Tea Party on Friday November 30th 3-5pm



3-11-2012 - Pudsey Bear visits Parkside



Pudsey Bear visited Parkside today to help Parkside issue a DIY Challenge to presenters from BBC South Today.

Over the weekend, the presenters have been challenged to transform Parkside's main hall and lobby into a lighter, brighter and lively space.


Watch this space

More Photos to follow! 

10-10-2012 - Wrigleys Sales Team Volunteer




9 Members of the Wrigley's sales team spent the day at Gillian Avenue today, 10th October.

One group helped Ted Parker, Parkside's chairman, construct a "new to us" Polytunnel at the end of the garden.

The other group painted fencing, brickwork, pergola, raised beds and benches.


The Garden looks fabulous after its face lift and is ready for winter - rain, snow or sunshine.


Come and visit the garden - we'd love to see you!

27-9-2012 - Members for Service User Forum




Parkside's Service User Forum meets every 6 weeks on a Wednesday from 7-8pm


We are a lively and friendly bunch who would like to invite more people to join us.


If you come to one of Parkside's services or clubs or are a parent or carer of a service user we would be really interested in hearing

- what you think about Parkside and its services

- what new things you think Parkside could or should be doing


There is more information on this website if you look for the panel called "Service User Forum"


Or you can call Karen or Suzanne on 01252 313103 


Help us to make Parkside what you want!


27-9-2012 - Rushmoor In Bloom

Silver Gilt and Silver Medals for Green Fingered Parkside!


Congratulations to the Thursday Garden group and the PIP group for their achievements in Rushmoor in Bloom.  We won 1 silver gilt and 4 silver medals.  A great achievement in a challenging year for gardeners.

6-8-2012 - Neighbours Raise 540

Community Spirited Neighbours in Aldershot raise £540 for Parkside


Parkside (Aldershot and District Mencap) met representatives from the “CrownVillage” Community Group, based in Brockenhurst Road,Aldershot, on Monday 6th August.


The community minded group of neighbours handed over a cheque for £540 raised during a Jubilee Party in Brockenhurst Road, Aldershot  on 3rd June.  The event attracted over 300 local people from the neighbourhood who enjoyed good food, good company, a tombola and a tug of war.


Ian Oakley, who had the idea for the party initially, said

“We wanted the money, raised by local people, to go to a local charity supporting local disabled people”


Jem Trantham, who had done plumbing work at the local charity, nominated Parkside after recognising the valuable work Parkside do to support the local learning disabled community and make a difference to the lives of so many children, young people and adults.


The community minded group of neighbours include Ian and Paula Oakley, Jem and Louise Trantham, Ann Grainger, Clare McGovern, Harriet and Harry Childs, Alf and Maz Edmunds and Glyn Grace.


Karen Creeth, Development Manager at Parkside said

“We are so thrilled to have been contacted by this local group.  One of our aims is to engage the local community in the work we do here at Parkside and we hope to welcome this group to other events that we hold in the future.”


20-7-2012 - S.Gas Networks Paint Parkside



Parkside welcomed a team from Southern Gas Network's Aldershot Depot on Friday 20th July.


As part of their Community Action Programme the team painted the main hall at Parkside and added some new decorations


SGN also collected items for Parkside's Fun Day in June of this year.


A big thank you to Toni from SGN for nominating Parkside as their project for this year.


We hope to see the SGN team again soon!




Dear Parents and Carers

We have spaces available on Teen Zone from September 2012.

This is a lively and active club aimed at teenagers from the ages of 14-19.

It runs from 1pm to 5pm on Saturdays.  Recent outings have included a trip to the seaside, the cinema and a visit to Guildford Spectrum. 

Do look at the session plan on this website to see more details about what the club has been doing this term.


Please contact Suzanne Watkins or Angie Morris for an informal chat and for details on how to apply. 

01252 313103

22-5-2012 - Mayor hits Fundraising Target

A Big Thank You to Rushmoor Mayor Alex Crawford who at the end of his magnificent fundraising year has raised over £24,000 for his three charities Parkside, Nepalese Help and Aldershot Town Centre Pastoral Team.

We hope to welcome Alex to Parkside soon so that we can say thank you to him, Parkside style!

16-4-2012 - 850 from Tea Party

Many many thanks to everyone who came to the Open Afternoon and Tea Party in aid of the Mayor's Charities on Friday 13th April.  We raised £850.

A special thank you to everyone who donated home baked cakes and items for the raffle and tombola.

There are 5 raffle prizes still to be claimed.  Ticket numbers

147 (Beadle)

145 (Parker)

188 (no name)

146 (Beadle)

237 (Almeida)


25-11-2011 - Monday Fitness Drop-In

Monday morning fitness drop-in sessions are currently cancelled due to lack of response.  Anyone who is interested, please contact Pauline Wawick on 01252 313103 or e-mail