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City of Chelmsford Mencap was established in 1951 and provides social clubs, short break schemes and lifelong learning.  Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing high quality, person-centred support for members and their carers.

About City of Chelmsford Mencap


City of Chelmsford Mencap is your local, independent charity for  children and adults with a learning disability.  We provide social clubs and respite schemes for people of all ages as well as information and support services for members and their families and carers.


We rely on grants and donations to fund our services and the commitment and enthusiasm of volunteers who socialise with and support our members.


Young people's services


Our weekly youth club, Gateway Juniors, is for young people aged 16 to 25.  It offers sports and dance workshops for the energetic and arts and crafts, puzzles and quizzes for those who prefer a quiet evening with friends.


Services for adults


The Outreach Academy provides lifelong learning to people aged 19+. It helps students to develop their social, work and life skills in a supported environment that enables them to reach their potential.  Sessions run every weekday and include Active in the community and environment (ACE), Cooking, Dance, Functional skills, Social enterprise and Yoga.


The Gateway Club meets weekly and members enjoy a variety of activities, including dance and fitness workshops, music and art sessions and evenings exploring cultures from around the world.


City of Chelmsford Mencap also supports its members to access community amenities and events.



You can download our general information leaflet here




or request it by emailing



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