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Project information

Gateway Christmas Holiday Scheme

To raise funds for our Christmas holiday scheme for children and young people with a disability or a barrier to learning. Funds for crafts, music, drama and art. Funds for Christmas activities in the community e.g. pantomimes and Christmas lunch. Money so that we can pay for fuel for our minibuses.

December 2017 - January 2018

Charity information: Gateway North East

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  • Need


    The holiday period is often the hardest time of year for families with children or young people with a disability or learning barrier. We want to raise money for our Christmas holiday scheme for children and young people and families can enjoy a fun and festive Christmas while learning new skills, growing in confidence and making new friends.


    By running workshops such as; art, music, drama. Giving our young people the chance to learn new skills and develop greater independence. Day trips for young people with a disability or learning barrier to have access to activities in their community with a carer each. By getting new art materials for the holidays. By providing funding for fuel for our minibus so that young people can access activities in the community.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give young people with disabilities the chance to learn new skills


    » To run workshops in art, crafts, music and drama,

    What success will look like

    By documenting our young people's progress in projects that they plan with the help of a mentor in paperwork. Asking parents/carers on their child's progress in feedback forms.

    Aim 2

    To give young people with disabilities or learning the opportunity to access community activitities


    » Provide an adapted minibus to transport our young people out in the community and 2 volunteer carers each.

    What success will look like

    By providing more staff with MIDAS training to drive the minibus, By recruiting more staff or volunteers to care for the needs of our young people.

  • Impact


    We will be able to provide funding for more children to access our scheme - this will be shown in our database.
    Higher staff or volunteer levels - a higher record of interviews being carried out .
    Increased confidence and skills in our young people - by offering more training opportunities for our young people which will be recorded in their achievement files.


    Recruitment: Each new staff member or volunteer will be given a DBS check to check they have no criminal convictions before working with our children and young people.
    Health and Safety: Each child that accesses our scheme has a care plan detailing their care and medication needs so staff know how to administer help.
    Fire Regulations: Each staff member is briefed with the procedure to follow in case of a fire while onsite.


    By a personal letter/ email or phone call of thanks to thank our donors for their continued support.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,350

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,500 Trained therapists for trained people who run workshops specifically for young people with disabilities
      £500 Day trips for 20 young people with learning disabilities to have a carer each
      £100 art materials for new art materials for 2 weeks
      £200 MIDAS training specialised training so more staff can drive the minibus
      £50 DBS checks to check all new staff and volunteers do not have any criminal convictions

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Durham County Council £18 Conditional
  • Background


    Although our Gateway Centre is based in Easington Lane, Houghton Le Spring. We run services for children and young people across the North East of England including, Newcastle, Sunderland, North Durham, East Durham, Ferryhill, Gateshead, Newton Aycliffe and Bishop Auckland.


    Our Holiday Schemes are ran for children, young people aged 5 to 25 and their families. Most of the children and young people that access our holiday schemes have a disability or a learning barrier e.g. young carer. However, we do encourage other family members without a disability to attend too and we love to support all the family!

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have experience of running successful holiday schemes since Gateway North East was founded in 2009. However, with Government funding cuts and cuts to public services for our young people. Demand for our service has increased so we have lots of experience and lots of children this project will support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Joanne Fearn

    CEO of Gateway North East. She over sees all the holiday schemes and activities that we do

    Becky Nelmes

    Plans all of our activities for the project

    Rachael Rich

    Seeks fundraising and sustains our project to ensure longevity for groups of more young people.

    Sarah Hamblett

    Acts as carer for many of our children and young people. However we have lots more staff and volunteers involved in this project.