Friday Night Club is an amazing night out in Wallington

FUN Geoff Knipe, far right, left to right, his sister Karen Knipe,  Stephen Drew, and Zara Collins.
FUN Geoff Knipe, far right, left to right, his sister Karen Knipe, Stephen Drew, and Zara Collins.

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HAVING a learning disability doesn’t mean you don’t want to enjoy yourself.

That’s why we set up the Friday Night Club four years ago. It’s a disco which takes place every month at Wallington Community Centre and it’s set up like any other pub or club.

We have a DJ, flashing lights, a smoke machine, a raffle with great prizes and everybody meets to have a good time.

They really are fantastic nights. Everybody chips in and organises the night for next to nothing.

If you have a learning disability, it can trap you in the house. It would be easy to stay indoors, but what quality of life is that?

You need to get out there and have some fun. That’s what our night encourages. It gives people a safe place where they can come and socialise.

It’s so heart arming to see all the buses pulling up outside on the night.

Because the night is just once a month, it makes it special. I wouldn’t want to go on a big night out every week. Being just once a month, it gives them something to look forward to.

We are trying to become a charity so that we can expand our group.

We have more than 100 people attending the disco, and word is spreading. Each time it gets more and more popular. The event is so popular that we have started to stretch out, we now have craft days, music days and run regular activity days at Marwell Activity Centre.

The group has some amazing supporters, such as my employers TQtwentyone who let me pay so much attention to the club during my work hours.

For more information please email me on j.knipe123@btinternet.com.