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A CHARITY supporting young people with learning disabilities is today celebrating the success of a new support group in Ipswich.The Two M's club, run by Ipswich Mencap, got under way at the start of this year and its popularity has continued to soar ever since.

A CHARITY supporting young people with learning disabilities is today celebrating the success of a new support group in Ipswich.

The Two M's club, run by Ipswich Mencap, got under way at the start of this year and its popularity has continued to soar ever since.

Held at Westbourne Sports College on Tuesdays, the group offers a youth club with use of the school's facilities including the gym and dance mats.

Barbara Thorn, chairperson, said she has been overwhelmed by the interest in the group.

“Obviously I was not sure what kind of reaction we would get, but 23 people turned up on our first night, 32 the next week and each week since we have increased numbers,” she said.

“It has become a very popular meeting place. As you may have guessed I am very enthusiastic about getting this club off the ground, becoming a success and maybe increasing to an extra night.

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“It's a club where they can be themselves and no one will judge them, hopefully a home-from--home environment.”

The club, which can be held only during term time at present, is planning a host of holiday trips, including a picnic in Christchurch Park, a barbecue and bowling.

Mrs Thorn said they are always keen to welcome new members and appealed for anyone with any board games, games tables, puzzles, or CD player they would like to donate to get in contact.

“I am always looking for ideas, if anyone can come along and give demonstrations just call us,” she added.

To join up or offer help please call 01473 437241 or 07766103563.

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