Wolverhampton Gateway Club

Wolverhampton Gateway Club is part of Mencap Wolverhampton and its leader is Trudy O’Hara.  It meets most Friday evenings from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.  Age range from around 16 – 80 years and there are currently 70 members.  The club is currently full.  However we do have a waiting list and if you want to be included on this list please contact Trudy on

Telephone: 0121 602 4027.

Wolverhampton Gateway Club is inclusive, diverse and supportive having wide variations of age, ability, temperament and need.

The Club’s list of activities is long and varied, and, although we may meet together at other times and places, our Friday night meeting at Beckminster Church Hall is the heart of the Club. Our diary of events is full and every meeting includes something to entertain or enlighten the members.

Jackie Silvester’s Keep-Fit sessions have been of immense interest: even the older members who need to sit down while exercising have been motivated by Jackie’s skills and enthusiasm. Kate Hunt now organises Arts and Crafts activities – an initiative that began when Gateway took part in Beckminster Church’s Christmas Tree decoration project.

The Gateway Award may have come to end, but we have benefitted a good deal from the funds that enabled us to purchase electrical equipment to enhance our presentations. We have put that equipment to good use: most notably to show a recording of an impressive drama written, enacted and filmed by Gateway members.

We have also had film evenings and very popular karaoke sessions. We have also been fortunate enough to hear some first class singing when the Friendship Choir came to entertain us before Christmas. It was good to see them again: their performances are always greatly appreciated.

In fact Wolverhampton Gateway Club members are the very best of audiences: a point illustrated by the talk given by Rob Marris (prior to his election as MP for Wolverhampton South) during the Autumn of 2015. Rob’s theme was the democratic process and the importance of using our votes. Members listened intently and responded with pertinent and intelligent questions. Listening to the responses of a group of people whose wishes and needs have not been high on any political party’s agenda was a most moving experience.

Even those weekly meetings that have no central theme or special visitors are special occasions. We promote healthy eating; and, although this is not universally popular, members of staff have displayed ingenuity and determination in their aim of providing snacks that are both good to eat and good for our health.Our adherence to healthy eating did not, however, prevent us from enjoying our Christmas party.