During the covid-19 the young people that we enable who are being shielded , having worked so hard to be included and include others have been locked away and in most cases they feel forgotten.
The finances of the charity have been devastated because of the increased need and also the reduction in fundraising opportunities and need to be creative in what we do .
We are a charity that enables young people who have a disability or barrier to learning and their families to be leaders in their community and beyond and enable others .
We do this through enabling a peer mentoring system from 5 upwards, over 70% of those who work or volunteer at Gateway North East Have a disability or barrier to learning themselves. including all of our sports coaches
This fundraiser is specifically for our Boccia and outdoor groups , the majority of these young people have shielding letters and they and their family have been and will be in total lockdown for some time to come. We would like to be able to enable one of our sports coaches to do boccia skills online with the group but in order to do this it will require us to buy and send out between 12 and 20 sets of boccia balls and possibly 2 ramps. These cost about £100 each for practice balls but they can do many of the skills and the adapted skills in the house and or the garden. If this is successful we will enable some of our other coaches to implement similar adapted schemes, and support working towards the long summer holidays.