A big thank you to the Scottish Medical Students who took part in a fund raising sports tournament. A special thanks to Izzie Dighero who chose Oxford and District Mencap as one of the charities.
Tuesday 29th October things are getting creepy and kooky as we celebrate Halloween. There’s a prize for the best Halloween costume and spooky themed Bingo prizes. Don’t miss it!
Tuesday 3rd December will be full of festive cheer. Christmas themed bingo, magical pass-the-parcel and rumour has it that Father Christmas may be coming. He needs names so he knows who to bring presents for. Will you be there? Please let Angie know at email@example.com or call 01865 727 999.
BOOK NOW FOR OUR PANTOMIME TRIP! What better way to get in the Christmas Spirit than seeing Beauty and the Beast at the Oxford Playhouse?? There is a relaxed performance at 11am on Sunday 8th December and we have been given a limited number of free places; once these have been filled (it’s first come first served) we are hoping to purchase more at a reduced rate. If you’re interested, please contact Krzysia Gossage at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01844 352 050. Alternatively, you can buy your tickets at a reduced rate of £10 each with carers going for free.
Meet Beauty– smart as a whip, bold as brass, with a heart of pure gold. She’s the opposite of the Beast – gruff, rough and in need of a shave. But when Beauty finds herself trapped in a magical castle with the Beast, the two of them have to learn to get along.
Will they meet a beastly end? Or have a beautiful ‘happily ever after’? One thing’s for sure, our mismatched pair will need a hand from you to make their dreams come true.
Full of super singing, dazzling dancing and lashings of slapstick silliness, another smashing panto is here!
Duration: 2 hours with interval
Click on the volunteer page to apply.
Information about this film has come to us from Royal National Mencap Network via Julian Walton at Merton Mencap. The Peanut Butter Falcon is a film that will be premiering at the London Film Festival and stars Zack Gottsagen who has Downs Syndrome. One of the Mencap Team, who has a learning disability, has reviewed the film and rated it highly. Her quote appears on some of the film promotional posters with the white Mencap logo. The film will be shown in Oxford at The Phoenix Picturehouse on Saturday 2nd November at 1.15 and also on Wednesday 6th November at 11am. Click below to find out more details about the film and to see an interview with its stars:
When Coco first came to Hill End she was worried about making friends. Her mother and sister warned her volunteer that Coco was shy and sure enough she spent the early days of her first camp singing songs to herself separate from the camp. However, by the last day Coco had come out of her shell and felt close enough to everyone to organise a concert. Everyone gathered on the grass on the last night, tired from the disco, as Coco serenaded us with the Snowman’s ‘We’re Walking in the Air’.
We were so happy to hear from Coco’s Mum who said:
‘Coco had a unique opportunity to challenge herself in a safe environment amongst a team of incredibly caring and supportive volunteers. It was a really positive life changing experience for Coco and our family’.
At Hill End Week 1 Summer 2019, campers were taken to an airfield in Oxfordshire where they were able to sit in the pilot seat, preparing for take off. Tommy loved trying on pilot goggles and really getting into the part.
Summer hasn’t quite finished here at Oxford Mencap! For our final holiday of the year, we are in Wales, staying in a wonderful cottage in beautiful Brecon. We kicked off our holiday with a fab dragon boating trip and a game of mini golf, where everyone got a hole in one! We have also had a great tour of Swansea City stadium for all of our keen football fans, plus we were so lucky to discover the Six Nations rugby trophy on show in our local pub!
On Tuesday night we had our very own party, complete with glow sticks and dance offs! Everyone definitely had their dancing shoes on and were throwing some serious shapes on the dance floor!
Only two days left…we can’t wait for more adventures in this fantastic place!
2020 holiday dates will be released soon so continue checking the website to find out more!
🌟 Mencap Heroes! 🌟
Mencap Hero Grace Fairbairn (Tommy’s sister) is taking on the Bournemouth Marathon on 6th October in support of Oxford Mencap! Grace knows how much Tommy loves the Hill End holiday camps and is taking on this legendary feat to help make sure that we can continue to run the camps into the future.
But she needs your help! To encourage Grace in her training, and to raise as much money as she can for such an incredible charity, please sponsor Grace by following the link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund…/showROFundraiserPage…
Every little really does help!
If you would also like to become a Mencap Hero and help us to fundraise, please do drop us a DM or email email@example.com so that we can support you!
Go Grace go!! 🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃♀️