Our Friday Club
At Leeds Mencap we run a weekly social club for people aged 18 to 30 with learning disabilities.
Friday club focuses on beginning to develop skills that will help young adults to prepare for life as an adult and achieve their goals and aspirations – this could be preparation for volunteering or work, making friends or building confidence.
Many young adults feel very isolated and don’t have the same opportunity to socialise and go out as young adults without learning disabilities and so the emphasis in the club is to go out and about and be sociable whilst being supported. Through the activities the members are supported to understand money, how to make judgements about keeping themselves safe and well, for example, around drinking alcohol, how to stay safe when out and about and online and how to have healthy relationships.
The club members decide what they want to do themselves and the range of interests and activities is very wide.
Past activities have included meals out, bowling, themed nights, cooking sessions, film nights, trips to see Leeds Rhinos and other sporting events and discos.
Our Friday Club runs at The Vinery Centre, and various local venues, from 7pm to 9pm.
The group runs every Friday during the school term – dates will be provided half-termly in advance, and visual timetables of planned activities will be provided.
Costs and how to pay
We offer an initial taster session for free! After this, costs for 2023 are £5.50 per session – and these must be paid half-termly in advance.
Payments can be made:
- via BACs or Faster Payments,
- by debit/credit card over the phone or in person at The Vinery Centre,
- or by cheque.
Please contact us if you’d like to discuss payment further – including our hardship scheme.
How to join
Please complete and submit a Youth Club expression of interest form, or complete the Friday Club registration form and a member of the activities team will get in touch,
Download a booking form
You can download and complete a Word document version of our youth group application form. Please email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Leeds Mencap also runs a group for 8 to 16 year olds who are siblings of members of this group.
We run playschemes over the school holidays for young people up to the age of 18.
Our family services team are here to help, including discussing other services across Leeds. Call us on 0113 235 1331.