My local group

Members of Mencap's local groups explain what their group means to them.

Find out more about Mencap groups, Gateway clubs and other affiliated groups in your area and the services they offer. 

Brent Mencap

My name is Jentilal Gorsia and attend Brent Mencap. I'm part of their Disability, Rights and Politics group, which has just made a DVD and booklet to help people with a learning disability to campaign on issues that matter to them.

Merton Mencap

My name is Victoria Benedicto and I am 18. Last April, I started on the Gateway Active project, run by Merton Mencap. On the project I do the Gateway Award, which is an activity award for people with a learning disability of any age or ability.


Andrew Chapman is the chairman of the Riversiders club. He explains how attending the group has made a difference to him and why it is one of Mencap’s nine Gateway Beacon clubs.

Braintree Mencap

Emily loves going to the Braintree Mencap playscheme and she and her family would have suffered if it had had to close

Equal People

Robert Ebanks is a member of the Equal People group and was involved in the decision to sign a partnership agreement with Mencap

Double Act Theatre Company

Shaine Singer is an actor with Mencap group Double Act Theatre Company and he was involved in the Olympic celebrations in Weymouth.

Barnet Mencap

Robin McDonald talks about why he loves working at Barnet Mencap’s juice bar and how he would feel if it had to close.

Coventry Mencap

Thanks to Coventy Mencap, Douglas Chamberlain had the experience of a lifetime when he carried the Olympic torch.

Barnsley Mencap

Campaigner Mark Ravenhill explains how Barnsley Mencap helped him meet his local MP and explain why his local road crossing needs improving.

Bexley Mencap

Sam Reach is part of the self-advocacy group at Bexley Mencap, which is training the police and ambulance services and tackling hate crime.

Sheffield Mencap

30 year old Cathy has been a member of Sheffield Mencap since she was 16.

Southend Mencap

Find out more about Southend Mencap from member Donna McLean.

West Berkshire Mencap

Arthur Jesse of West Berkshire Mencap explains what the services provided by the group mean to him.