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.

2019 has seen the introduction of a major initiative between Royal Mencap and Wolverhampton Mencap with the introduction of ‘Round the World’ Challenge.  The aim of the challenge is to help our members to get active and keep fit by tracking the amount of activity they do.  The number of hours of activity completed is then used to calculate the distance travelled around the world.  ‘Passports’ and tee shirts are provided for those taking part and achieving success.   After just a few weeks we had over 70 members signed up and taking part in activities as diverse as bocchia, yoga, parachute activities and curling.

Royal Mencap’s representatives Parm and Jon were most impressed when they visited on the launch evening as Pete Silvester played music tailored to fit various sporting activities – this was something they had not seen before.  Other local groups such as Daisy Bank and High Flyers are keen to participate in this fun activity which benefits our members physical health and well being.




Gateway members have once again been getting active in the Round the World Challenge.  We have recently taken part in a game of croquet, bowls, hoops and many other games – even parachute games!  It has been lots of fun, especially if the sun is out.  More importantly members work together as a team and have loads of fun.  A big THANK YOU to Gateway staff for making all this possible.  We are looking forward to future activities ahead.