Notts County Foundation forge new local partnership with Royal Mencap Society

Notts County Foundation is proud to announce the launch of an exciting new partnership with the Royal Mencap Society Nottingham Me Time.

Having officially begun on Monday 1st August, Mencap Me Time has relocated from its current base at the Meadows Youth Centre to Notts County Foundation’s Portland Centre facility, taking up tenancy in the centre’s first floor studio. The partnership will see Mencap utilise the Portland Centre’s amenities – namely the gym, cardio suite, and swimming pool to offer adults with a learning disability access to fun and educational health and wellbeing-related sessions, as well as music, drama, and arts and crafts workshops.

Venetia Sanders, Head of Commercial at Notts County Foundation, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Mencap to the Portland Centre and support the charity’s invaluable work across the local area. Much like Notts County Foundation, Mencap Me Time places community at the heart of its work, so creating such a unique, innovative partnership between the two organisations makes a lot of sense, and we very much look forward to working alongside Mencap’s members of staff and people with a learning disability for the foreseeable future.”

Kay Dutton, Programme Coordinator at Mencap Me Time, said: “Royal Mencap Society Me Time colleagues and the people we support welcome this opportunity to be a part of this amazing community project, bringing local people together to socialise, make friends, build connections and relationships, and enjoy the facilities on offer.

“Mencap’s social, leisure and community inclusion opportunities are known as Me Time, supporting people with a learning disability to meet others in their local communities, to learn new skills and have fun.”

Currently, the Nottinghamshire service supports approximately 75 individuals on a weekly basis.

Kay added: “This exciting project will not only benefit the people we support who are already involved in this community hub, but also will enable those who are passionate about contributing to the development of their local community to get involved.”

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