Total Ripple Effect!

Months of planning, preparation and rehearsal paid off with fantastic public performances of ‘Total Ripple Effect’ at the Crucible Theatre on Friday 7th June featuring some familiar faces from Sheffield Mencap and Gateway. Total Ripple Effect is the latest in a series of productions [...]

Celebrating Carers Week 2024

Carers Week 2024 was held from 10th - 16th June with a host of activities and celebrations taking place at Sheffield Mencap to show our appreciation for everything carers do. Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid [...]

Learning Disability Week 2024: Do You See Me?

Learning Disability Week returned from 17th - 23rd June with the theme ‘Do You See Me? The annual campaign aims to raise awareness of the lives of people with a learning disability and ensure they are a visible, valued part of society. To celebrate, we hosted a programme of [...]

Mencap People: Gary’s story

Each issue we profile somebody from Sheffield Mencap and Gateway, to find out more about what makes it such a varied and special place. This summer we get to know Gary, a member of our Activity Learning Hub. How long have you [...]

Get creative with our members this Learning Disability Week!

We will be taking over Weston Park Museum for Learning Disability Week, with an exhibition and series of free workshops exploring the lives of Sheffield’s learning disability community. Learning Disability Week runs from 17th – 23rd June 2024, with the theme ‘Do You See Me?’. The annual campaign [...]

Rock Your Socks 2024

Our Rock Your Socks campaign is growing every year, with hundreds of people coming together in a colourful display of support across Sheffield this March. Rock Your Socks asks people to raise awareness of Sheffield’s learning disability community by wearing their brightest, boldest socks on March 21st.  Wearing [...]

Sheffield Mencap at The Crucible

Our drama group is delighted to be part of Sheffield Theatre’s Launchpad project once again, with rehearsals for this year’s show well underway. Every Launchpad show is created and performed by adults with a learning disability, with the support of a team of theatrical professionals. Titled 'Total Ripple Effect', [...]

The Vikings invade Sheffield Mencap!

The Vikings came to Sheffield Mencap this year as Activity Learning Hub collaborated with York’s Jorvik Viking Centre to celebrate Viking Week 2024. The Jorvik Viking Festival, held from 12th – 18th February this year, is Europe’s largest viking event, and celebrates the region’s rich Norse heritage. [...]

Mencap People: Jack’s story

Each issue we profile somebody from Sheffield Mencap and Gateway, to find out more about what makes it such a varied and special place. This spring we get to know Jack, a member of our Activity Learning Hub. How long have you [...]

Our members support Sheffield’s communities

Our Community group have been working on some special projects to support others in need this winter. The group have visited and donated to local charities as part of their ‘Working Together to Help Others’ project. The Community group at Sheffield Mencap and Gateway has been enjoying working [...]

Christmas Fair Raises over £5,000!

Our annual Christmas Fair not only brought the community together for a day of festive fun, it also raised over £5,000 for Sheffield Mencap and Gateway. It started to feel a lot like Christmas at Sheffield Mencap and Gateway as our annual festive fair returned. This year [...]

Mencap People: H’s story

Each issue we profile somebody from Sheffield Mencap and Gateway, to find out more about what makes it such a varied and special place. This winter we get to know staff member Hartley Forte - better known as H. How long [...]

Mencap People: Richard’s story

Each issue we profile somebody from Sheffield Mencap and Gateway, to find out more about what makes it such a varied and special place. This autumn we get to know our member Richard Mills better. How long have you been [...]

We partner with local law firm for wills month

Is your will up to date? Local law firm Lupton Fawcett is supporting Sheffield’s learning disability community by making a charitable donation to us for each will prepared by the firm’s Sheffield-based team during October. Anyone [...]

Summer fun with Holiday Hub

It isn’t officially summer at Sheffield Mencap until Holiday Hub starts! Our members have once again had a fantastic time taking advantage of the good (and bad) weather as they explored places in and around Sheffield. Holiday Hub is a chance for our members to take a [...]

Caring for Carers launch new groups

Our new National Lottery-funded carers service ‘Caring for Carers’ has got off to an exciting start, with the launch of a new programme of social, wellbeing and support groups for carers. ‘Caring for Carers’, made possible by a [...]

Our ‘This is Me’ Exhibition Celebrates Learning Disability Week 2023

We will be holding a photography exhibition entitled ‘This is Me’ in Orchard Square during this year’s Learning Disability Week. The exhibition is a series of photographic portraits of our members shot by Sheffield-based photographer Joe Horner, a British Portrait and Portrait of Humanity award winner. Each photograph [...]

Over £10,000 raised so far for Sponsor Me for 70!

Updates from our 70th anniversary challenge  This April marks the end of our 70th Anniversary year, and what a year it's been! We are amazed, impressed and most of all incredibly grateful to all of the people who have taken part in our 'Sponsor Me for 70' fundraising [...]

70 Stories: stories from Mencafé

Every Thursday and Friday at Sheffield Mencap and Gateway we run our own café, known as 'Mencafé'. Members of our cooking group, along with staff and volunteers, work together to cook and serve a delicious 2-course lunch to the whole staff team, and sometimes members of the public [...]

Stories from Shine Out on Saturday

Shine Out on Saturday (SOS) is our performance and visual arts group for children aged 6 – 17. The group enjoys activities including circus skills, dance, puppetry, comedy, improvisation and mime. SOS is a vibrant, welcoming group and the children who attend have formed close friendships. SOS staff [...]

The publication of our ‘Ten Stories’ book

Our wonderful ‘Ten Stories’ book has now been published! ‘Ten Stories’ was created to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Sheffield Mencap and Gateway and tell the stories of ten of our members, carers and families. The writer – Sheffield Mencap’s Volunteering and Gateway Manager, Jonathan Raimondi – gave [...]

Looking after your wellbeing in 2022

Do you want to improve your health? This year, take some simple and sustainable steps towards a happier, healthier you. Live Lighter If you would like to improve your diet and build a healthier relationship with food then our 'Live Lighter' course could be for you. [...]

Our performance at The Abbeydale Picture House

On Sunday 28th November, a group of children from Sheffield Mencap and Gateway's children's projects took to the stage at The Abbeydale Picture House to perform their circus-themed extravaganza 'The Greatest Show!' The classic 1920s backdrop of The Picture House was the perfect place to show [...]