Project information

Out & About Scheme

Out & About has been running for 10 years and gives adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to take part in mainstream leisure activities with support from volunteers. Out & About delivers a wide variety of social activities including bowling, snooker, walking & meals out.


Charity information: Sheffield Mencap

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  • Need


    Social exclusion in adults with learning disabilities. Out & About is very popular with both members and carers and has huge benefits for its members: Given this opportunity to take part in mainstream activities in a safe and nurturing environment our members truly relish the experience! Through participating in a variety of different fulfilling and sometimes challenging experiences they are able to develop their self-confidence, social and communication skills.


    Here is an example of how our members benefit from the O&A Scheme: Billy has been a member of the scheme for 3 years. He has a chaotic home-life and consequently misses out on most opportunities. He attends 2 Out & About groups a month which gives him something to look forward to and gives his sister a break from caring. He particularly loves the Walking Group, wears a huge smile all day and also benefits from the exercise. Without O&A Billy would simply not be able to join in these activities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide leisure activities for adults with learning disabilities.


    » We will provide a range of different activities for our members to take part in in twice monthly meetings.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the continuation of our groups and happy, challenged and fulfilled members.

    Aim 2

    To provide respite for family carers.


    » Whilst their loved one is attending O&A, the families get a much-needed break from the very stressful role of caring full-time.

    What success will look like

    Success will be providing family carers with respite, whilst knowing that their loved one is safe and happy.

  • Impact


    In the long term O&A allows its members to develop close friendships with like-minded people. They also develop self-confidence and better communications skills as well as enjoying the opportunities presented to them.


    All our activities at Sheffield Mencap are fully risk-assessed.


    We can provide written reports and photographic evidence of the project in action.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 O&A Sessions Each activity session costs £25 per
      £1,000 -trips to bowling, member. We have 60 members.
      £1,000 theatre, cinema, This donation would provide 2 sessions
      £1,000 walking and per month for all our members for two
      £2,000 shopping months.
  • Background


    Norfolk Lodge is our base. It is near the centre of Sheffield on the edge of Norfolk Park. The activities organised by O&A take place all over the city.


    People with learning disabilities and their families, living in Sheffield.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the major provider of support and services for adults with learning disabilities in Sheffield and we have been running for over sixty years.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Elaine Heathcote

    Project Coordinator

    Aaron Firth

    Manager of our very own football tea, the Norfolk Lodge Lions, formed from members of the Out & About scheme.