About Us

West Dorset Mencap is a local group based in Bridport and affiliated to Mencap.  We are registered with the charity commission and our charity number is 243100.  Our main aims are to provide help and support for people with a learning disability living in West Dorset and to also offer support to their families, dependants and carers.

We having a thriving charity shop in Bridport which helps raise funds for people with learning disabilities living in our local area.  We have supported community projects such as workshops at Bridport Arts Centre to individuals who are setting up their own home and need to buy equipment.

The National Federation of Gateway Clubs is a leisure organisation for people with a learning disability run by Mencap.  In Bridport the club is organised and run by volunteers under the West Dorset Mencap committee.  The Gateway Club meets fortnightly in Bridport WI Hall and offers a fun and varied programme of activities including discos and singing workshops.


The West Dorset Mencap committee is made up of the following members.  Committee meetings are held monthly and our annual AGM is held in May each year, all are very welcome to attend.  We are keen to welcome new members to our committee, please do contact us if you would like to be involved.

  • Linda Simpson (Chairman)
  • Simon Hosking (Treasurer)
  • Lucy Hart (Secretary)

Committee Members

  • Sue Hallett
  • Angela Blow
  • Maureen Rosbrook
  • Mark Heath
  • Susan Cosma
  • Sarah Hannam
  • Julie Kelly

Co-opted Member

  • Paul Hallett