LD Work Week

Learning disability work week

Well i think working with a learning disability is really good fun really. I actually reckon that all people with learning disability should be able to work really. I actually stand up for people that have learning disability that work for their hard earned money. I also reckon that all people with a learning disability should also get equal pay as well. And i also reckon that the government should scrap all of the tax cuts to all people that have a learning disability. Talking about working with a learning disability i have just started working in the Winchester GOLD  office on a 6 week placement basis which i must say which is really good fun working with Emma and Sharon which is like being in my 3rd home. My work description entails doing all the media side of things and of course editing the Winchester GOLD  news  page which is also really a good fun thing to do.

By Tommy Jessop

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Halloween cake sale 2017 news reported by Tommy Jessop



Thanks so much for all the wonderful cakes and all the spooky Halloween goodies and for those who came to support our cake sale yesterday. It was a hugely successful day with great support and help from Santander bank. GoLD supporters and some of our GoLD members. Particularly exciting is that Santander have agreed to price match our takings so we expect to have raised a little over £1.500 in total from the cake sale. Thea was thrilled to win the showstopper cake which we managed to deliver ( just about still in one piece) back to her flat ready for a grand Halloween Party on a Tuesday that she and her friends are having.

Baking a difference – Halloween cake sale

We are holding a Halloween Cake Sale at Santander Bank, High Street, Winchester from 10am on Saturday 28th October.

Go LD members will be helping run the stall with Santander in full Halloween dress.  There will be a variety of cup cakes, brownies, gluten free and Halloween treats as well as a chance to bid for the showstopper Halloween cake.
Come and buy your Halloween treats here!

Safeguarding easy read booklet

Please find attached an Easy Read booklet from Adult Services explaining safeguarding which has been produced for Hampshire Adults Health and Care. This booklet has been designed to explain to people with a learning disability, what abuse is, who they can tell to get help and what will happen if a Safeguarding Enquiry is undertaken

HCC Safeguarding Easy Read FINAL

Summer trips

We had such a great variety of trips this summer.   Highclere Castle, a cruise on the River Hamble, Boomtown Festival, Furzey Gardens, Southsea and Brooklands Museum.

Check out our summer photos on our Facebook page by clicking here.

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Save the date – Halloween Cake Sale


We are planning our Halloween Cake Sale on Saturday 28th October from 10am at Santander Bank, Winchester.

Find out more details on our Facebook page here.


Paralympic success for 2017


Paralympic PBs struck a new record this year with over 100 competitors.   It was an inspiring and active day with chances to learn new sports and brush up skills including tennis, football, archery, boccia, cricket and a circuits workout.

This was a joint collaboration with River Park, WCC, Go LD and SPAA. Congratulations to everyone there and all the Santander helpers, Saintsability and other volunteers.


Purple LIG minutes 17 July 2017

Winchester, Gosport and Fareham are part of the Purple LIG (Local Implementation Group).  The group meets every month on the 3rd Monday of the month in Bishop’s Waltham at 12.30 – 2.30pm.

The group includes people with learning disabilities, carers, parents and professionals.  It is an opportunity to share information across the area.  Everyone is welcome.

Here are the minutes from the July meeting.

Purple LIG minutes 17.7.2017

A Guide to Launchpad

What is Launchpad?

Launchpad is a model of day care provision, which was initially aimed at getting more able service users, from in-house day services, to being supported in the community by external provider services.

This process is part of the Hampshire’s Transformation agenda and in established Launchpad areas, new service users can be referred to Launchpad directly, or by the service user themselves using Direct Payments, instead of going via day services.

(full report attached below)

A Guide To Launchpad – Parents & Carers

Ukulele Festival

The Smoothie Bike team were a real hit at the Winchester Ukulele Festival in June and not just for all the healthy drinks they produced!  The Team took part in a ukulele workshop and performed several songs including favourites Singing in the Rain and How Much is that Dog…

The event was so enjoyed by members we are looking forward to starting a Winchester Go LD Ukulele Band –  more details will be announced soon!

The Ukulele Festival included a line up of national and international performers and we were delighted to be one of the 4 chosen charities they were fundraising for.

Visit their Facebook page for more details and photos here.