Mates and Cakes

We recognise that our activity clubs may not suitable for everyone.

This small group is aimed at adults with a learning disability, where a typical club environment is not appropriate, for various reasons. It may be that attendees struggle to interact in larger groups and feel intimidated by them, or it might be the first steps for an isolated or lonely individual into socialising with others.

The aim is for individuals within the group to improve socialisation, gain confidence, have fun, try something new and make friends. 

Smaller, more relaxed, calm and informal sessions take place at the Reading Mencap centre and within the community. Activities include craft, baking, cooking, nature walks, socialising, swimming and meeting in town for a coffee.

The group meet on alternate Mondays 12.00pm – 2.00pm (this may change, depending on the activity). Sessions are free however in some cases there may be a small charge attached to the activity, meeting in town for a coffee, for example.

Above: making chocolate apples
Below: pottery painting
For more information on activities, please see our blog.

Dates for 2017

Monday 7th August
Monday 21st August
Monday 4th September
Monday 18th September
Monday 2nd October
Monday 16th October
Monday 30th October


We can also offer one to one meetings within the community, for those individuals intimidated by even small numbers, but would like a gentle introduction into leisure activities and socialisation. Please contact us for more information on this.


If you would like more information, or to attend this club, please call 0118 966 2518 or email