About TGIF

TGIF is a social evening, offering a range of activities for children with learning disabilities and /or autism and their siblings. At TGIF, we do things like baking, discos, sports and games, board games, arts and craft, making slime and quizzes. All staff encourage and support children to engage in activities, improving social interaction and building friendships.

At each TGIF session, we make and eat a healthy snack with the children. This supports children to try new foods and enjoy healthy versions of favourite foods, for example, tortilla pizza. Throughout the year there are themed parties and we celebrate each child’s birthday at the club. The team offer a person-centred approach, getting the children’s input and involvement into what activities they want to do.

Parents, carers & guardians

We have a dedicated room for parents, carers & guardians at Norfolk Lodge, where you can have a cuppa and a chat to others, knowing your child is in having fun in a safe environment. Throughout the year, our Service Manager will drop into the parent’s room at scheduled times to maintain regular contact, collect feedback, offer support and to answer any questions you have.

Meet the team

Liv Taylor
Liv TaylorTGIF Project Leader
Ellycia Phillips
Ellycia PhillipsTGIF Support Worker
Dereck Parsons
Dereck ParsonsTGIF Support Worker
Rosie Tomblin
Rosie TomblinTGIF Support Worker

When does it run?

  • Delivery Dates: Friday evenings during term time only
  • Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Venue: Norfolk Lodge
  • Cost: £3 per session. This is charged per term and is payable at the start of each new term.

Sheffield Mencap & Gateway does not want anyone to be excluded because of the cost to attend our services. Please speak to the Children’s Services Coordinator or Service Manager if you feel this applies to you.


  • Age: 6-16
  • Abilities: For children with learning disabilities and/or autism and their siblings. Children of all physical abilities are welcome and we will adapt activities to make sure that all children can take part.

Due to staffing numbers, we cannot provide 1-1 support and we do not provide personal care. If your child requires personal care we would ask you to stop the duration of the session, in our dedicated parent’s room or be contactable by telephone.

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Activities to do at home

During lockdown we adapted our services and hosted a number of quizzes and activities on Facebook when TGIF would ordinarily take place. You can watch some of these below, and you can find the full range of TGIF Live sessions on our Facebook page.