About Sheffield Mencap & Gateway

Sheffield Mencap and Gateway was established in 1951 by parents of children with learning disabilities who wanted a better life for their children. Now running for over 60 years, Sheffield Mencap and Gateway now provides support for over 300 adults and children with learning disabilities and their families and carers in Sheffield. Based at Norfolk Lodge, a wide range of services are offered in a safe and secure environment within a fully accessible building.

What We Do

Our vision is that all people with a learning disability and their carers feel valued, included and respected. We believe everyone should be supported to reach their full potential and to live the life they choose.

But what does it mean..?

What it means is that here at Norfolk Lodge we work hard to help people make the most of their lives; whether that be through establishing new friendships, learning to live independently, education or employment.

We understand that our members have the same hopes and ambitions as everyone else but face greater barriers. Our aim is to help our members with the steps to overcome these barriers and achieve their aspirations.

Our Mission is to initiate, develop, provide & support activities and services which improve the quality of life for people with a learning disability and their families.

This mission shows a commitment to people with a learning disability and their families by:

  • Identifying and working against all forms of inequality which disadvantages
  • Building up confidence and skills
  • Working towards ensuring full and meaningful lives

Our services are available to anyone in Sheffield with a learning disability and all are welcomed without prejudice.

Sheffield Mencap & Gateway Team
Sheffield Mencap & Gateway
Sheffield Mencap & Gateway Team
Sheffield Mencap & Gateway

How We Do It

Sheffield Mencap is a Registered Charity (1056155) and is the leading provider of training and support services for people with learning disabilities in the city and works in partnership with many organisations within Sheffield and beyond.

Adults with learning disabilities are assessed from their own individual budget and with this funding they can choose to attend activities at Sheffield Mencap.

Sheffield Mencap works with all who want to improve the quality of life for people with a learning disability. It works in partnership and co-operates with all statutory and voluntary agencies that share its aims.

Sheffield Mencap is a local charity and although we are in partnership with Royal Mencap, the national charity, we receive no funding from them. We operate as an independent local charity and we are responsible for all of our own funding. We try to keep subscriptions and fees to a minimal level, so that no-one is excluded from our activities due to financial hardship. The charity needs a variety of funding streams and submits as many tenders as capacity allows whilst staying true to our mission statement.

To maintain and improve the service we offer, we increasingly have to look for charitable funding to supplement the funding we receive via contracts with statutory bodies. Voluntary income accounts for approximately 20% of our total annual income. Our Annual Accounts show that we do not hold large reserves, but instead invest our income in providing grassroots services.

Our latest audited accounts are easily accessible via the Charity Commission website.