The Waterside Gateway club is for adults and young adults with learning disabilities. We have currently 40 to 45 members of which some are from the original membership that started the club in 1984. Members must be aged 18 and over and are from the Totton and Waterside area. Meetings are held fortnightly at Applemore School in term time and outside term time we also have outings and other small events.

Disabilities of the members vary from mild to severe and include Downs Syndrome, Autism and Aspergers Syndrome (a form of autism). Carers can attend if the member needs 1:1 care but at we are limited to the membership of 45 by the space available, the practicality of organising outings and the cost of insurance and affiliation.


The Waterside Gateway Club gives members the opportunity to meet each other socially and enjoy a wide range of craft and leisure activities in a safe environment. Activities include arts and crafts, quizzes, talks, music and dancing, sports (indoors and out) as well as special events such skittles, outings and theatre visits. Our arts and crafts include making seasonal cards, calendars and decorations. We also put on shows where the members can show off their considerable talents of singing, dancing and much more.


Over the years the club has undertaken many other activities such as the Special Olympics (southern region) when it was held at Portsmouth, events with other Gateway clubs such as Brockenhurst and New Milton and integrated events with local Youth clubs such as a Pool Tournament. Our outings include trips to Longleat Safari Park, Legoland Windsor, Chessingtons, Thorpe Park, The Isle of Wight, Monkeyworld, Canal boats, the Swanage railway and many more.


The Waterside gateway club was formed in 1984 with help from Further Education and a committee of parents with sons and daughters with learning disabilities. Shirley Johnston was the instigator from Further Education and the committee was chaired by Charles Bundy with treasurer Mr Sayer. Other founder members included Celia and Malcolm Drake (and the first leader was Kevin Cleary, a sports teacher at Totton College. At the start the club had 20 to 25 members and met fortnightly on a Tuesday at Oak Lodge School. Jim Aldous has also been with the club also for over 30 years as (now ex) Chairman and driver .Hes still a volunteer helper and committee member and has a wealth of knowledge and wisdom.

The Club has always been self funded and members, leaders and committee members were and are involved in raising funds.


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