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Sheffield Mencap and Gateway: Activity and Learning Hub Daytime Provisions

Activity and Learning Hub provides daytime provisions for adults with a learning disability in Sheffield.


Activity and Learning hub is one of the daytime projects run at Sheffield Mencap and Gateway. The aim of the Activity and Learning Hub is to enable adults with a learning difficulty to lead a more independent life by learning new life skills through meaningful daytime activities. We offer a range of person centred educational courses and activity sessions Monday to Friday, 45 weeks of the year.


Mondays and Tuesdays offer accredited education courses that are delivered by qualified tutors and learning support assistants enabling members to work toward a recognised AQA qualification in a number of subject areas which include cookery, arts and crafts, theatre, animation, film making and many more. 


Wednesday groups offer a relaxing atmosphere and focus on developing basic skills. Activities include Media, Cooking and Arts and Crafts.


Thursday and Friday offer activity sessions including Sewing, Drama, Creative Writing, Gardening, Cardcrafts, Art, and our own café called ‘Mencafe’.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Dave Swindlehurst
Contact Position
Senior Manager
0114 2767757
Sheffield Mencap and Gateway

Where to go

Sheffield Mencap and Gateway
Norfolk Lodge
Park Grange Road
South Yorkshire
S2 3QF

When is it on?

Time / Date Details
Monday to Friday 10am-4:30pm
Time of day
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair Access
Cater for special dietary requirements
Supports special needs and disabilities
Special needs and disabilities experience
Speech, Language & Communication needs
Down's Syndrome
Visual impairment
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Multi-Sensory Impairment
Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulty
Hearing impairment
Moderate Learning Difficulty
Cerebral Palsy
Physical Disability/Mobility Issues
Services Awarded RPL
Advocacy service
Budget / financial support
Social, cultural & learning opportunities
Advice & Information
Respite Care

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£48 Per day
Referral required
Referral Details

We accept self-referals and company referals 

Age Range
18 years to
  • Parking
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Changing facilities
  • Garden
  • Secure setting
  • ICT Facilities

We provide services primarily at our Norfolk Lodge base, and welcome people from the learning disabilty community across Sheffield to experience what we have on offer.


Charity Number

Local Offer


Thank Gateway It's Friday £3.00 per session

Thank Gateway It’s Friday is a youth group for individuals with a learning disability aged between 6 and 15 years old. It is an opportunity to meet in a safe and supervised setting whilst having lots of fun. The group is open for both young people with a learning disability and their siblings. TGIF is both person-centred and family-centred taking each child’s preferences and support needs into account. TGIF provides a mix of activities including sports, cooking and arts/ crafts. The group runs from 6:30pm until 8:30pm and costs £2.50 per session.

Shine Out on Saturdays Cost = £3.00 per session

Shine Out on Saturdays is a performing arts project aimed at children and young people with learning disabilities. It uses drama, dance and art as a tool to develop self-confidence and social skills. It also provides a great opportunity for young people with learning disabilities to belong to a group that contains like-minded individuals who have the same interest. The project aims to provide an environment that encourages creativity in a positive and safe atmosphere, in which the young people feel that their voice matters.

Shine Out on Saturdays has a user-led ethos, giving the members a sense of ownership. The ideas that the members generate are used to steer the direction and subject matter of the workshops, helping to promote independence skills. This is especially significant, as choice and control have been identified as lacking in the lives of people with learning disabilities. The project runs on a Saturday from 10.00am till 12.30pm.

The first hour of the project is dedicated to drama and movement, and focuses on working alongside the young people in order to develop ideas around subject matters that are of interest to them. The members then have a half hour break; they can either relax in the coffee bar with their friends or play snooker. The last hour is then spent in the art room, which generally facilitates what the young people have been working on in drama.

Special Needs Inclusion Play Scheme (SNIPS)

SNIPS is a unique, person centred service for children and young people which provides a fun and safe environment for individuals to get involved in different activities. The service is held at Norfolk Lodge but all referrals need to go through Sheffield City Council. The service is able to provide one to one support if needed. Activities include art, sport, cooking and pottery, music and team games. The services runs on Saturdays and during the school holidays.

Categories of SEND

Cognition and learning, Communication and Interaction, Sensory and/or physical development difficulties , Medical conditions , Emotional, social & mental health difficulties.

Age group



Targeted Service & Specialist Practitioners .

Contact Name
Development Manager
Contact Telephone
0114 276 7757
Contact Email
Sheffield Mencap & Gateway
Local Offer Age Bands
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
SEN Provision Type

Last Updated
learning disability, daytime provisions, disability, activities, education

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