People with disabilities like nothing more than a night out with friends, in a safe and friendly environment, something most of us take for granted.

We run a weekly Club providing a wide range of activities for adults with moderate to severe learning difficulties. The club runs on a Thursday evening between 6.30 – 9pm. The Head Teacher and Governors of St Alban’s Primary School support our ideals and aims by giving us the use of their facilities for the Club activities.

Our members, their parents and carers tell us that the Club offers opportunities that are not provided by the statutory sector and that other groups giving a night out with the activities we offer are few and far between.

The St Bernadette Club is a voluntary organisation. It is a Registered Charity (1136218) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (7086775). A board of Trustees manage the Club, ably supported by a committee and a group of extremely committed, dedicated, enthusiastic and very passionate volunteers– young and not so young who give generously of their time and expertise.

AIMS

The aims of the St Bernadette Club are:

  • to promote social inclusion, by preventing people with moderate to severe learning disabilities (who may have other physical, sensory and communication difficulties) from being socially excluded;
  • to support their needs and therefore assist them to become better integrated into society from which they may have been previously excluded.

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THE CLUB TODAY

We are very proud that the Club today is more vibrant than ever, with over 100 beneficiaries supported by more than 30 volunteers. Up to 70 of these beneficiaries visit the Club each week. Regular contact is made with the others enabling them to feel they remain part of the Family of Friends of the St Bernadette Club.

In 2019 we were extremely proud to have received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which recognises exceptional volunteering within the local community.