News and Events: Archive for 2011

Watford Mencap registers with Easy Fundraising

Watford Mencap have registered with easyfundraising.co.uk, a free service that allows you to donate to your favourite charities just by shopping online.

Posted on Friday, 30th December 2011

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Got gifts that you don't want? Watford Mencap wants them!

Watford Mencap are happy to take any unwanted Christmas presents off your hands...and keep an eye on our Ebay and Amazon sites for great bargains.

Posted on Friday, 30th December 2011

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Watford Mencap Host Festive Fun Day

Watford Mencap celebrated Christmas in style at its Fabulous Festive Fun Day- with food, games, prizes and a talent competition!

Posted on Thursday, 29th December 2011

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New Learning and Leisure Group gets Creative

Watford Mencap’s new Learning and Leisure group, which is for adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities, provides an opportunity for people with PMLD to socialise and take part in activities tailored to their interests.

Posted on Friday, 16th December 2011

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Arts and Crafts Society Raises £175 for Watford Mencap!

On 16th December, Leisure Together member Kristian Bell proudly presented Watford Mencap with a cheque for £175 raised at a local raffle.

Posted on Thursday, 15th December 2011

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Fantastic Investors in People Report

Watford Mencap was extremely happy with the most recent Investors in People (IIP) report. Back in October IIP visited Watford Mencap and interviewed many of its staff, volunteers and trustees.

Posted on Thursday, 15th December 2011

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Record Breaking Sales for the Shops

Watford Mencap is delighted with the record breaking sales of its two local shops on St Albans Road and Bushey High Street, as well as with the thriving success of its online trading via EBay and Amazon.

Posted on Thursday, 15th December 2011

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EASTENDERS STAR HELPS RAISE £2000

Elliot Rosen, an actor with Down’s Syndrome from Harrow, was a great success with the audience at Watford Mencap’s Big Breakfast at Moor Park. Rosen, 33, who has recently appeared as Craig Moon in EastEnders, said that he especially liked working with Shane Richie, and joked that Shane spent most of his time trying to be funny!

Posted on Monday, 12th December 2011

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NEW DEVELOPMENT GIVES INDEPENDENCE TO PEOPLE WITH A LEARNING DISABILITY

A care home which was forced to close due to subsidence has led to the creation of a new Watford Mencap development in Rickmansworth. The house in Whitfield Way has undergone extensive refurbishment, including an extension, to provide a home for four people with learning disabilities, and was officially opened earlier this month.

Posted on Thursday, 24th November 2011

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GURPREET’S WINNING DESIGN AIDS CHARITY

The finger painting skills of an eight-year-old Bushey girl will be gracing thousands of greetings cards this Christmas. Profoundly disabled Gurpreet Juttla was a winner in a national Mencap competition and now the cards are being sold through the John Lewis Partnership to raise money for the charity.

Posted on Monday, 21st November 2011

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WATFORD MENCAP RECEIVES £49,790 FROM DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH'S HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE VOLUNTEERING FUND (HSCVF)

Watford Mencap is celebrating thanks to an award of £49,790 from the Department of Health's Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF). This vital funding will help the charity to enhance its work in South-West Hertfordshire through the use of volunteers.

Posted on Monday, 14th November 2011

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Mothercare Presents Children’s Centre with £2500

On Tuesday 1st November the Mothercare Group Foundation visited Watford Mencap’s Afterschool Club and presented them with a cheque for £2500.

Posted on Tuesday, 8th November 2011

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Watford Mencap’s Football Mascots

On Saturday 29th October the Free Kicks Foundation offered two children from Watford Mencap Children’s Centre to be mascots at the Watford FC vs. Peterborough United game.

Posted on Friday, 4th November 2011

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Mamma Mia!

"'Mamma Mia!' fans will have the chance to join the celebration and sing along to their favorite ABBA hits at the exclusive screening at Watersmeet on Thursday 3rd November.

Posted on Tuesday, 25th October 2011

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DIAMOND DAY AT CHESLYN

A flowering Japanese cherry tree has been planted at Cheslyn Gardens to commemorate Watford Mencap’s Diamond Jubilee.

Posted on Monday, 3rd October 2011

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Merchant Taylors hold Fun Day for Watford Mencap

Around 40 adults and children with learning disabilities from Watford Mencap enjoyed a fun day organised by Year 12 students at Merchant Taylors School in Northwood earlier this month.

Posted on Sunday, 2nd October 2011

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Sandy Lodge Golf Club Presents Watford Mencap with New Vehicle

On Sunday 4 September Sandy Lodge Golf Club officially presented Watford Mencap with the keys to a newly adapted Renault Kangoo vehicle. This followed the raising of £17,268 by the Club in its Centenary Year. Watford Mencap was the Club’s Centenary Charity. A second adapted vehicle is to be purchased later in the year.

Posted on Tuesday, 6th September 2011

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Watford Mencap Members Enjoy an Afternoon at Local Funfair

The Amer Funfair once again welcomed Watford Mencap members for an afternoon of fun on Wednesday 18th August at King Georges Recreation ground, Bushey. Over 100 Watford Mencap members, services users, volunteers, and staff got to enjoy two hours of free rides and were also treated to a hot dog and drink.

Posted on Thursday, 18th August 2011

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VISIT TAKES THE BISCUIT!

Crumbs! It’s not every day you get Watford’s Chairman to help at your biscuit decorating workshop. But that was the treat in store for youngsters at Watford Mencap’s summer playscheme being held at the Lemarie Centre in North Watford during the school holidays.

Posted on Monday, 15th August 2011

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EasyFundraising for Watford Mencap

EasyFundraising provide a free service where you can shop with your favourite online stores and at no extra cost you can raise funds for any charity, good cause or group you choose to support.

Posted on Monday, 1st August 2011

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Huge Haul From People Moving House

On Thursday 21st July, sales and letting agent Sewell & Gardner launched an innovative scheme to support Watford Mencap.

Posted on Monday, 25th July 2011

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Aldenham School organise another successful fun day for Watford Mencap

On Saturday 25th June, staff and pupils at Aldenham School organised a fun day for Watford Mencap.

Posted on Friday, 15th July 2011

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NatWest Golf Day raises £9000 for local charities

On Thursday 9th June, golfers took to the course at Sandy Lodge Golf Club, for a charity golf day organised by NatWest. Money from the day benefited three charities chosen by the bank - The Peace Hospice, Watford Mencap and Cure Cancer.

Posted on Friday, 15th July 2011

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Amazon Sales boost charity's income

Books, books, books.... An easy way to raise money for Watford Mencap

Posted on Wednesday, 13th July 2011

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YourCash rolls up its sleeves to support Watford Mencap

On Monday 4th July a team from Milton Keynes based YourCash Limited, Europe's leading independent provider of ATM solutions, carried out a team challenge in aid of learning disability charity, Watford Mencap.

Posted on Wednesday, 6th July 2011

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Rickmansworth Waterways Trust Moves from Desk Share to Office

On Monday 4th July the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust officially moved in to one of Watford Mencap’s offices in the Old Town Hall

Posted on Monday, 4th July 2011

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Watford Mencap raises money for Learning Disability Week

During Learning Disability Week, fundraisers and volunteers raised money for Watford Mencap as well as gathering signatures for a national petition against learning disability hate crime.

Posted on Friday, 1st July 2011

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Watford Round Table and Camelot present Watford Mencap with a cheque for £8000

On Tuesday 28th June, sponsors and organisers of the Watford 10k joined together at Watford Mencap Children’s Centre to present the proceeds of the Watford 10k 2011.

Posted on Thursday, 30th June 2011

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Watford Mencap campaigns against learning disability hate crime

During Learning Disability Week 2011 (June20-26) Watford Mencap joined in with national Mencap’s campaign against disability hate crime.

Posted on Monday, 27th June 2011

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Thorpedale fundraise during learning disability week

On Friday 24th June, residents and staff at Thorpedale organised a cake sale and tombola

Posted on Monday, 27th June 2011

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Community Support organise strawberry cream tea for Learning Disability Week

One of the events Watford Mencap put on as a part of Learning Disability Week was their Strawberry Cream Tea organised by the community support team

Posted on Friday, 24th June 2011

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Mencap asks police to Stand by me and end hate crime

Watford Mencap today asks the public to stand by people with a learning disability and put an end to disability hate crime.

Posted on Thursday, 16th June 2011

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Community Support Tea Party

On Tuesday, June 21st, the Community Support team will be hosting a Strawberry Cream Tea Party.

Posted on Wednesday, 15th June 2011

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New chance to learn online

Watford Mencap has launched its Personalisation E-Learning and Information Centre in Rickmansworth.

Posted on Tuesday, 14th June 2011

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Watford Queen's Road Stall

Market Street stall raises money for Watford Mencap

Posted on Tuesday, 14th June 2011

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Watford Joy of Vintage Fair

Watford Mencap attends Watford Joy of Vintage Fair on 4th June 2011

Posted on Friday, 10th June 2011

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Esporta Health Club Welcomes Watford Mencap Volunteers

On Wednesday the 1st June, Esporta’s Riverside Health and Racquets Club, in Northwood, once again invited all of Watford Mencap’s volunteers to enjoy the clubs facilities free of charge. The day was organised to thank the volunteers for all their hard work and to celebrate Volunteer’s Week, which is an annual event to celebrate the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Posted on Friday, 3rd June 2011

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NatWest host golf day for local charities

 On Thursday 9th June, 24 teams will take to the course at Sandy Lodge Golf Club, for a charity golf day organised by NatWest.

Posted on Thursday, 2nd June 2011

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Richard Harrington and David Gauke visit Watford Mencap

Richard Harrington and David Gauke visited Watford Mencap on Friday 20th May, to answer questions from a group of 15 people with learning disabilities, their families, volunteers and Watford Mencap staff.

Posted on Tuesday, 31st May 2011

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Watford Mencap is one of the first to use new, free text message service to raise funds

Watford Mencap will be amongst the first charities in the country to use its own, unique personalised text code, WMEN11, to raise funds using JustTextGiving by Vodafone.

Posted on Friday, 27th May 2011

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Little Fox Market raises over £130 for Watford Mencap

On Saturday, May 21st, The Little Fox Market in Rickmansworth collected entry donations in aid of Watford Mencap.

Posted on Tuesday, 24th May 2011

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Calling All Dog Walkers

Watford Mencap will be holding a dog walk with a difference on Sunday 22 May at King George Recreation Ground in Bushey.

Posted on Wednesday, 18th May 2011

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Watford FC Intern Raises £1270 for Children’s Centre

Watford FC Intern, Mark Compton and his mum, Michaela Scott presented Watford Mencap Children’s Centre with £1270 on the 3rd May. Mark, Michaela and his sister Becky completed the New York half Marathon in March to raise the money for the centre.

Posted on Friday, 6th May 2011

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Local market supports Watford Mencap

A new local market based in Rickmansworth, has picked Watford Mencap as its charity of the month.

Posted on Friday, 6th May 2011

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Sunshine and Smiles at Watford 10k

The Watford 10k 2011 took place on 2nd May in Cassiobury Park and Whippendell Woods in brilliant sunshine.

Posted on Wednesday, 4th May 2011

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Watford Mencap Residents Celebrate Royal Wedding

Residents of Watford Mencap’s Hillside home in Oxhey Village celebrated the Royal Wedding on Friday 29th April.

Posted on Friday, 29th April 2011

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On your marks, get set, go…

The Watford 10k race is now only a few days away and registration is at an all time high, with 1214 being signed up as of Tuesday 26th April.

Posted on Tuesday, 26th April 2011

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Pub Serves ‘Real Cockney Nosh’ for Charity

The Load of Hay Pub in Pinner Road, Watford Heath, held a Traditional Pie and Mash night to raise money for Watford Mencap’s Children’s Centre on Wednesday 20th April.

Posted on Friday, 22nd April 2011

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Three Watford Mencap supporters complete a marathon challenge

On Sunday 17th of April, three Watford Mencap supporters took to the streets of London, to take part in the London Marathon 2011.

Posted on Tuesday, 19th April 2011

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Spring 2011 In Touch

The Spring 2011 In Touch newsletter has been published and is now available to view online.

Posted on Wednesday, 13th April 2011

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‘Reminiscence’ coffee morning

Watford Mencap held a ‘Reminiscence’ Coffee Morning on Thursday 7th April to celebrate its Diamond Jubilee.

Posted on Monday, 11th April 2011

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Cassiobury Infant School are promoting the Watford 10k

It is now less than a month to go until the Watford 10k 2011, on May 2nd in Cassiobury Park, and Cassiobury Infants School are showing their support by backing the event.

Posted on Monday, 4th April 2011

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Great Watford Walk Raises £12,000 for Three Local Charities

Three Watford charities were presented with the proceeds from the Great Watford Walk, in Cassiobury Park on Friday 25th March. The walk raised £12,000, giving Watford Mencap, The Peace Hospice and Watford New Hope Trust £4000 each

Posted on Friday, 25th March 2011

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It’s time to fill in your Census Form – It’s Important!

A census is a count of the population and we have had one in the UK every ten years to find out more about who we are as a nation.  The census will take place on the 27th March and everyone should have received their questionnaire by now.

Posted on Thursday, 24th March 2011

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WATFORD MENCAP REMINISCENCE MORNING

As part of its celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee year, Watford Mencap is holding a special coffee morning on April 7th at The Old Town Hall in Rickmansworth.

Posted on Thursday, 24th March 2011

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Watford Mencap supporter to run Marathon for his sister

Watford Mencap supporter John Whittle is preparing for the challenge of a life time, after gaining a place in London Marathon 2011.

Posted on Monday, 21st March 2011

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Leisure Together’s Pool Club in 4th Year

Leisure Together members and volunteers celebrated Pool Club’s 4th anniversary on Thursday 17th March, by going out to dinner and playing a few games of American pool. The club, which started in March 2007, has always taken place at Rileys on Watford High Street.

Posted on Monday, 21st March 2011

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Watford Mencap raises over £800 at 10th Ricky Pancake Race

Sunshine and spills marked the Rickmansworth Pancake Race on Tuesday March 8th, organised in aid of Watford Mencap.

Posted on Wednesday, 9th March 2011

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OFF THE WALL: Art Exhibition and sale in aid of Watford Mencap

6th - 28th April 2011, Pavilion Gallery, Chenies Manor House, Chenies, WD3 6ER, open Wed & Thu 2-5pm & Easter Monday 25th April 2-5pm

Posted on Tuesday, 8th March 2011

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One challenge not enough for Watford Mencap supporter

On April 17th, 2011, Bernie will be running the London Marathon in aid of Watford Mencap.

Posted on Tuesday, 8th March 2011

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VocaLink signs two year partnership agreement with Watford Mencap

VocaLink, international payments provider with offices in Rickmansworth, has signed a two-year partnership agreement with major local charity Watford Mencap.

Posted on Wednesday, 2nd March 2011

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Aldenham School continue to support Watford Mencap

In February, Aldenham School kindly hosted a fun day for some of Watford Mencap’s members.

Posted on Tuesday, 1st March 2011

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Watford 10k launched at Vicarage Road

On Wednesday evening February 22nd, at the Watford vs Bristol City game, the Watford 10k race 2011 was officially launched.

Posted on Wednesday, 23rd February 2011

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Barclays Bank Match Fund Valentines Disco

Watford Mencap held a Valentines Disco for all of its Leisure Together members and guests at the Mill End Sports and Social Club on Friday 11th February.

Posted on Tuesday, 22nd February 2011

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Watford FC Intern runs New York Half Marathon in aid of the Children’s Centre

On the 20th March, student Mark Compton will be running the New York Half Marathon in aid of Watford Mencap Children’s Centre. 

Posted on Monday, 21st February 2011

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Watford FC are supporting the Watford 10K

It is now less than 3 months until the annual Watford 10k race and Watford Football Club have pledged their support to the event.

Posted on Thursday, 17th February 2011

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Watford Mencap host sparkling quiz night

On Friday 11th February, over 40 staff and supporters of Watford Mencap joined together to take part in a sparkling Diamond Quiz Night.

Posted on Sunday, 13th February 2011

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DIAMOND JUBILEE BALL MAKES £18,000 FOR WATFORD MENCAP

240 people danced and celebrated at Watford Mencap’s Diamond Jubilee Ball at the Watford Hilton on January 29th, raising over £18,000 for the charity’s Children’s Centre.

Posted on Wednesday, 9th February 2011

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Watford Mencap supporter wins a place in the London Marathon 2011

Watford Mencap supporter, Bernie Byers, has won a place in the London Marathon 2011.

Posted on Tuesday, 1st February 2011

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Watford Mencap Children’s Centre features on BBC Breakfast

On Friday 21st of January, Watford Mencap Children’s Centre hit the national spotlight when it was featured on BBC Breakfast.

Posted on Monday, 24th January 2011

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Watford Mencap supporter to run the London Marathon 2011

On April 17th 2011, Watford Mencap supporter John Whittle will be running the London Marathon in aid of national Mencap and Watford Mencap.

Posted on Wednesday, 12th January 2011

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Volunteer Receives Digital Hero Award

Watford Mencap volunteer, Nick Clark, received a Digital Heroes employee award from TalkTalk at a ceremony held at the House of Lords on Monday 6th December 2010.

Posted on Wednesday, 5th January 2011

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