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The Summer Fair – thank you for your support!

July 5th, 2019|Comments Off on The Summer Fair – thank you for your support!

Our Summer Fair was a big success last month, we raised more than £500 and welcomed lots of new faces as well as old friends to Norfolk lodge. As well as the brilliant efforts of our volunteers and staff that helped to make the day such a success, we want to say a big thank you to the local businesses that supported our event by donating raffle prizes. A special thanks to Bawtry Paintball who donated £600 of paintball tickets and to Experience Days for the £50 voucher which one very lucky visitor went home with. Winners will be enjoying [...]

Why we are celebrating sport and inclusivity this Learning Disability Week

June 14th, 2019|Comments Off on Why we are celebrating sport and inclusivity this Learning Disability Week

Our Chief Executive, Janet Sullivan, has blogged about the theme for this year's Learning Disability Week, which is Sport and Inclusivity. She writes about why it is so important to make sport and physical activities inclusive for all, how we are doing this, and some advice for other organisations looking to make their activities more inclusive for people with learning disabilities. A Royal Mencap Society (Mencap) survey of people with a learning disability between the ages of 18 and 35, found that 49% would like to spend more time outside of their home. It also found that 18% feel alone [...]

Celebrating sport and inclusion at our Boccia Tournament!

June 14th, 2019|Comments Off on Celebrating sport and inclusion at our Boccia Tournament!

Sheffield Mencap & Gateway is holding an inclusive Boccia tournament during Learning Disability Week, welcoming teams from local businesses, sports clubs and disability groups. The tournament will take place on Wednesday 19 June and will bring together people with and without a learning disability for a fun and competitive day of sport. Teams include two local Boccia clubs, the Sheffield Smashers and Mavericks Boccia Club both with members with a range of disabilities, including autism, hearing, visual and physical impairments. They will join competitors from Irwin Mitchell, Switalskis Solicitors and the Sheffield Steel Kings para ice hockey club, to compete [...]

Question time with our Volunteer Coordinator

May 31st, 2019|Comments Off on Question time with our Volunteer Coordinator

To mark Volunteers’ Week 2019, we caught up with Sheffield Mencap & Gateway’s Volunteer Coordinator, Jonathan Raimondi to ask a few questions about his role, and what you can expect from a volunteering role with us. Can you describe what a ‘typical’ day in your role as Volunteer Coordinator involves? Not sure there is such a thing! A mixture of chatting to and interviewing potential new volunteers, answering lots of phone calls and email enquiries, processing DBS checks and references etc ready to start new volunteers and mainly, nattering to our existing volunteers and checking how everyone’s doing. On top [...]

Announcing our Summer Fair!

May 17th, 2019|Comments Off on Announcing our Summer Fair!

Join us for a day of family fun in the sun at our summer fair! We are delighted to announce that this year we'll be hosting a summer fair at Norfolk Lodge on Saturday 22 June, 1pm-3pm. Entry is free and there will be something for everyone including a BBQ, plant, gift and cake stalls, face painting, a bouncy castle and lots of games such as Beat the Goalie and Guess the name of the teddy. All hosted at our home at Norfolk Lodge which is easily accessible by tram or car and surrounded by the beautiful wooded grounds of [...]

A Weigh to Go!

May 17th, 2019|Comments Off on A Weigh to Go!

Would you like to make some changes to your diet, learning about healthy food and eating habits? Our Weigh to Go programme has just relaunched and we have spaces for new members to join us now. A Weigh to Go is for adults with a learning disability and takes place every Tuesday from 4:30pm - 6pm at Norfolk Lodge. Each session costs £5 and you'll learn about healthy meal choices and how to prepare meals at home. For more information just get in touch with our group leaders Sue and Bridget, who you can reach on 0114 276 7757. You [...]