"Mencap Wolverhampton"

Providing High Quality services for people with learning disabilities.

Wolverhampton Gateway Club

Wolverhampton Gateway is a club for young people and adults with learning difficulties aged 16 and above.

We meet every Friday evening at Beckminster Church hall.  Members pay £1.50 per week.

We often have beween 50 and 60 members on Friday evenings.  The members take part in a range of activities.  Many like to play pool or wii games.

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Message from the Patron


When Gavin & I were first married, we made a few newly-wed kind of decisions, one of which was that we always wanted to be giving some of our time to charitable causes.

We’ve pretty much achieved this, more or less, depending on work, children & other commitments. Soon after we moved to Shropshire in Nov 2006, Peggy Potter MBE asked me to be a patron of Mencap Wolverhampton.

She rented one of the Apley cottages for about 50 years, not far from our home & the Farm Shop. Her well earned MBE was for services to Mencap, for which she ran the Gateway [youth] Club for 40 years.

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The beginning of Mencap Wolverhampton


Mencap Wolverhampton was founded in April 1969 by Ruth Pursehouse and me.  In those days we were called the Wolverhampton and District Society for Mentally Handicapped Children and Adults.  In those days parents were meant to be seen but not heard and every learning disabled child was written off as severely disabled and many were put out of sight and mind in large out of borough institutions.

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