The Monday Night Club is organised by Laura Gill, assisted by her mother Helen Gill. We have a team of dedicated volunteers who help us every Monday night.
The club is a Registered Charity, no 1160646.
In 2018 we won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the MBE for groups) and our Chair and Treasurer were invited to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in June as representatives of The Monday Night Club.
Laura Gill was invited to the wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markel in May 2018 as a recognition of her service to the community and the work she has done with The Monday Night Club. She was one of only six people invited from Worcestershire.
Young people with learning disabilities are twice as likely not to be engaged in education, employment or training as those without. They are often isolated and spend a lot of time at home with parents, family or carers. The club was started in 2011 by Laura Gill, then aged 25, from Leigh.
Laura says, “When I left college I lost all my social life and missed my friends. I was at home every evening. I started The Monday Night Club so we could get together, make new friends and have some fun!”
Any funds we raise provide activities at the club on Monday evenings, and occasional outings and trips. Our activities include discos, birthday parties, fancy dress parties, karaoke nights, talent shows, dance competitions, sport and games nights, live entertainment. We also have a football club that trains every week on Thursdays.
Our day trips are great fun – we have visited Weston Super Mare on the hottest day of the summer, Barry Island, West Midlands Safari Park, Cadbury’s World and, every year, The Swan Theatre Pantomime.
We have made a 30-minute film about one of our talent shows, called The Monday Night Club Has Got Talent, and three short music videos singing and dancing in the streets of Worcester. You can see these on our YouTube channel. We have put on shows at The Swan Theatre in Worcester and The Shaw Theatre in London.
We made a slideshow about our first four years. Watch it here: