Ipswich care workers team up to offer clubbing `experience’ nights at Revolution

Experience Nights at Vodka Revolution

Experience Nights at Vodka Revolution - Credit: Archant

Revolution is hosting monthly disco sessions to give people with learning difficulties the chance to experience club nights.

Experience Nights at Vodka Revolution

Experience Nights at Vodka Revolution - Credit: Archant

Adults with learning difficulties have limited access to some kinds of entertainment.

Night clubs are an environment that many would find difficult to cope with.

But why shouldn’t they be able to enjoy clubbing?

Now, thanks to the efforts of a couple of Ipswich care workers, once a month a special disco session is organised at V Revolution in Ipswich, specifically for adults with learning difficulty to enjoy a different kind of night out.

DJs Antwonne Smith and Steve Cates at the Experience Nighs at Revolution in Ipswich

DJs Antwonne Smith and Steve Cates at the Experience Nighs at Revolution in Ipswich - Credit: Archant


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These experience nights take place on the last Wednesday of the month (the next is on May 25), from 6pm to 9pm at the Ipswich nightspot.

There is a charge for the adults, but not for their carers.

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During the day Steve Cates and Antwonne Smith are care workers, working during the for local charity Genesis (Orwell Mencap), which provides a wide range of services for adults with learning difficulties and with additional needs.

The charity provides support and services for a wide range of people, clients - with a wide range of abilities and complex needs.

Steve and Antwonne came up with the idea of club experience nights to give them a wider range of experiences.

“They have been going very well.

“The age range is from 18 to 50-plus. They have learning difficulties and face various challenges in their lives.

“During the day they might be taking part in various activities, including horse riding or sailing, but many would find it difficult in a night club environment.”

So Steve and Antwonne, who are both also DJs, started the experience nights.

“Previously it was at Bettys, but that ended,” he added.

“In January we approached Revolution. Lizzy, the manager, was very happy to help.

“We started in January and it has grown from there. We get anywhere between 40 and 50 people, as well as carers. The public can come in as well.

“The club is open normally, including the bar, so family and friends can also come along if they want to.

“It is very encouraging. They can have some food if they want to as well.

“They can make new friends and gain in confidence, within a safe environment.

“It is a really fun night.”

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