Coffee Club

Coffee Club meets every Monday from 10am - 1pm at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX.

This club aims to support its members with self-advocacy - helping them learn how to speak up for themselves - and in encouraging independence skills.  

There's also the opportunity to have fun and members enjoy relaxation sessions, crafts and gardening and look after an allotment at MERL.

This is a free club.

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


What difference does Reading Mencap make to the people who use its services?

Joining Reading Mencap has turned Ernest’s life from a lonely one to one packed with activities and friends. 

Ernest, pictured front, was in his sixties when his circumstances dramatically changed after his mother died and his brother emigrated. He found himself on his own and isolated.

It was suggested to Ernest he start attending our Coffee Club. He enjoyed it so much he now an active and enthusiastic club member also attending Gateway Club and our monthly disco.

Ernest’s confidence has grown and he has overcome his fears of meeting new people to the extent that he has been appointed as an ambassador for Reading Mencap, spreading the word in the community. He also regularly volunteers to help out at fundraising events.

He said: “Coming to Reading Mencap has made a real difference. It gets me out of the house. I feel I have come out of my shell and I am really happy. I now have friends and things to look forward to.”



Thanks to our guests from the NCS and Starbucks

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