Spotlight on Bourne Gateway Club

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THE LEADERS of a club for young adults with disabilities have said the club is continuing to go from strength to strength as it nears its 30th anniversary.

Bourne Gateway Club was first launched in 1983 at St Peter’s Hospital in the town to provide social opportunities for people with disabilities who lived there.

Although the hospital went on to close, the club remained popular and sought a new home in Queen’s Road with the help of Lincolnshire County Council and Mencap.

It remains there today and regularly attracts more than 50 people who go along each week to enjoy a wide range of activities with people who have similar conditions to themselves.

Group leader Lesley Patrick, of Mill Drove, Bourne, is immensely proud of the work which goes on there.

She said: “The club aims to advance the personal development of members through greater leisure opportunities, helping them to achieve a better quality of life.

“It endeavours to meet its aims through involvement with the local community.”

The club meets for 46 weeks of the year. Its programme include festive celebrations, four themed discos a year and weekly music sessions.

Regular activities on offer also include arts and crafts, pool, darts, table tennis, pamper evenings and bingo. There are also trips to the pub, pantomimes, the theatre and day trips.

Lesley has run the club since January 1998 and is supported by five volunteers.

Their sessions take place on Monday evenings at Bourne Youth Centre, Queen’s Road, from 7-9pm. The club is open to anyone aged 18 plus with a disability, Carers are also welcome to attend.

For more information contact Lesley on 01778 424235.