Learning Disability Week 17th to 23rd June 2019


It is Learning Disability Week from 17 to 23 June and this year the focus is on sports and inclusion.

18% of people surveyed by Mencap feel alone and cut off from other people and 49% would like to spend more time outside their house.

“Helping everyone to be a valued part of the community as well keeping fit and staying happy is part of Winchester Go LD‘s ethos” says Janet Chierchia MBE . “At Winchester Go LD we run a hugely popular weekly Low Level Circuits on Saturday at 3.30pm at River Park Leisure Centre, followed by drinks in the café.  And we have recently started a fortnightly tai chi group for members.  We realise how important it is to keep moving.

Sport and physical activity can also reduce loneliness and isolation.  Sports are fun –  you only have to be there on a Saturday afternoon to feel lifted by the enthusiasm of coaches, volunteers and members.  Both the groups are full of laughter.    Benefits for people with and without a learning disability include improved health and wellbeing, empowerment and greater social inclusion.”

Ros has Down Syndrome. “Sometimes my knees hurt so I do exercises to strengthen my knees.  I go to weekly Circuits.  It helps me with stamina and energises me.  It makes me happy and healthy.  If I wasn’t healthy I wouldn’t be able to continue the things that I do that make me happy.”

The charity rely who on donations and grants, are delighted that Joanna Trollope CBE will be hosting a Tea and Talk at the Guildhall on Wednesday 3rd July at 3-6pm.    Joanna has a relative with a learning disability and knows the big difference Go LD make to her life.  She has happily offered to give her time and talents to raise much needed finances.   This funding would make a substantial contribution to the cost of the annual Circuits sessions.

The glitzy tea with Joanna includes Buck’s Fizz and a delicious waitress-served tea and a talk by the author.   Tickets £40 from Theatre Royal Box Office Tel 01962 840440.

Photo below: Ros (far right) and friends

Photo: Circuits at the Paralympics Personal Bests at River Park


Garden Fair 2019

We would like to thank Pippa Greenwood for doing a really good job at the Garden Fair and congratulations to the Fundraising Team and all the helpers for raising £8k which is a good amount of money.

Reported by Tommy

Here is the link to the Hampshire Chronicle.

Garden & Craft Fair

Winchester Go LD Garden and Craft Fair.

Thursday 25th April 2019 10.00am – 4pm.

Pippa Greenwood from BBC Gardeners Question Time and Gardeners World and the Mayor will be coming in the morning.

Members of Winchester Go LD that might like to come along and help can have Free Entry and get a go on the Smoothie Bike which will also be there

We have been making lots of useful signs for the Garden Fair on Thursday 25th April!Would you like to come and help us…

Posted by Winchester Go LD on Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Jolly Sock DanceAthon 2019

World Down’s Syndrome Day 2019.

A special event that celebrates the lives of people living with Down’s Syndrome. It basically means that some people have got an extra chromosome which makes us extra special and i feel really honoured and proud. Thank you to Emily who took the photos and to everyone who took part in it this year. I’m really looking forward to doing it all over again next year. My personal highlights for this year was all of it really and the Winchester Go LD Disco and dancing with Katy.

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A reminder about Easy Fundraising

A reminder that Winchester Go LD are registered with

This means  you can raise money for your favourite charity whilst shopping.    There’s still time for last minute Christmas shopping as well as the new year sales…!

Don’t forget to log on before you shop on line, it’s very easy.

Things I like about Christmas by Tommy

I truly believe that it really is the best time of the year actually. I like going to Christmas parties and having a really good old sing song at a Carol Service. And of course having really nice food.
And the best thing of all is opening Christmas presents.
The most excellent thing to happen at New Year is of course staying up really late apparently.

We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year!

A reminder the Go LD office will be closed after Friday 21st December 2018 until Friday 4th January 2019 when we are all going to the Pantomime and will be meeting at 11.30am at the Winchester Train Station.

Jo’s going for Gold!

We are delighted that Jo is fundraising for us in the next London Marathon.

“Some may call it a miracle..others may call it a great mishap! Either way, the ballot has decided that I am running the London marathon 2019, which will possibly take me until 2020 to finish!

The charity I am going to run for is Winchester Go LD- formerly Winchester Mencap. A learning disability has been defined as ‘a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life’. As many of you know, my sister Katie has hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy. I have witnessed first hand how much she values having a sense of independence and normality. Winchester Go LD helps to support individuals with learning disabilities with housing, work, socialising and any other everyday difficulties. By donating you can help to fund a range activities from afternoon tea, a weekly low level circuits support worker or 1:1 staff time to complete a person centred plan.

Please help me to support this small local charity, which due to government cuts desperately needs more recognition for the fantastic work it does- THANK YOU!!!”


Winter Wonderland Disco 2018


On the 6th December 2018 Winchester GoLD put on a Winter Wonderland Disco which was literally was the best Disco i have ever been to in my entire life really. I really do like getting people to the dancefloor and getting the party started. Like for instance the Conga Train i started all off which i really enjoyed actually. Not naming any names but i quite enjoyed having all of my exes there which put me in a really good mood actually.

And a big thank you to Winchester Homebase for lending us some wonderful decorations for the evening!

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December Winter News 2018

Well starting from last Wednesday we had an AGM which was really interesting and really good fun.

And as for tonight we are having a Winter Wonderland Disco which really will be a fun – filled and packed night out i reckon.

Christmas in the Jessop household will be really be good fun this year as always.

Reported by Tommy Jessop

Every 10p helps. Please vote for us!

Bags of Help is Tesco’s exciting local community grant scheme where the money raised from the sale of carrier bags is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.

We are delighted to announce that Winchester Go LD has been selected for the public vote!

Voting will take place from Saturday 1st September to Wednesday 31st October 2018 at the following stores:

Tesco Express, Alresford

Tesco Express, Kings Worthy

Tesco Express, Andover Road, Winchester

Tesco Express, Harestock, Winchester

Tesco Extra, Easton Lane, Winchester

The project with the highest number of votes across our region will receive £4,000, the second place project £2000 and the third placed project £1,000.

Please use your Bags of Help votes to support Winchester Go LD.

We are a registered charity and raise funds by generating income, from donations and funding grants such as this one.  Any profit we do make is ploughed straight back into keeping the organisation running and offering a range of services for adults with learning disabilities in the Winchester area.