Kev’s Club is pride of the community

KEV'S Club manager Kevin McLean
KEV'S Club manager Kevin McLean

A CHAT, a cuppa and a chance to make friends - they’re the perfect combination which makes a Hartlepool club the place to be.

Kev’s Club in Ormesby Road is a real winner among its fast growing membership. Numbers have grown from a handful of people to more than 30 regulars.

And it could be a step away from winning an honour in this year’s Pride of Hartlepool competition.

Kev’s Club is the place to be for people with special needs and their carers. It is run by Kevin McLean, 55, and his wife Allison, 44, who started it in 2005 as a way of giving people something to do on an evening.

Now, it meets once a week on Wednesdays from 6pm to 9pm in Newholme Court, and offers indoor bowls and curling, pool, bingo, dominoes, and arts and crafts.

Kevin has worked as a carer for nearly 15 years. He and his wife run Kev’s Club in their spare time and Kevin said: “It is a social club for people with special needs aged 17 and over. It is for people to meet, have a chat, and have a cuppa, and it is for carers as well.

“We might be only a small group still but we started with a handful of people and now we have got 30.”

He described the nomination as “brilliant news”.

The nomination for Kev’s Club came from a carer who said: “It’s a lovely place to go. Clients can interact with other clients, play bingo, do crafts and also have their tea which is good food but very reasonable.”

What makes you proud of Hartlepool?

We are calling on our readers to nominate that special person or people who have done something that you believe deserves recognition.

From 999 heroes to community champions – help us celebrate those who have done their town proud.

The ten categories are Sporting Achievement; Community Group; Community Champion; Student of the Year; Fundraiser of the Year; Child of Courage; Local Hero; Green Champion; Emergency Services and Young Performer of the Year.

You have until early March to put forward your favourites and we want to make this a record year for entry numbers – but we can only do that with your help.

Fill in the nomination form in the Hartlepool Mail today, or visit www.hartlepool.mail.co.uk and complete the online entry form.