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In 1966 Riversiders Social Club was formed by members of the local community, many of whom were parents of people with learning difficulties who felt that a club of this nature would benefit not just their children but others in the area. In 2010 it became the Riversiders Trust to meet the financial challenges it faced.

The club is the only project like this in the South Lakes area and they generate interest from other areas as a way to run this type of club. In the future, as per their business plan, we would like to see a coalition of other groups within the area working together to provide a whole range of skills and support for all our members thus encouraging greater integration with local communities.

Riversiders have two groups, one for adults and one for the younger age range (STEPS) with approximately 100 members. A wide variety of activities are arranged with the help of specialist support but are decided by the members themselves. They include our “happy project” which promotes healthy living through exercise and a balanced diet. Their Makaton choir sings locally and nationally, they recently joined other choirs in Blackpool and fun was had by all!

The members really enjoy “taster days” where they get to choose new activities to try, if they are enjoyable then we try to facilitate them further. The direction of these events is decided by the Members Management Committee and show steadfast commitment to the club.

Each year the members organise and perform in a Spring Show, Disco’s and a Christmas Concert. All these events, and many others, are well supported locally and our sports teams can normally expect a mention in the local newspaper.

Please visit the Riversiders website here.

Please click here and cast your vote to help us raise money for the Riversides Trust.