29 May 2019

  • Charities

We help fund Gateway Church’s ‘Gateway to Growth’

Our Community Fund launched back in 2014 and since then has helped over 54 good causes and donated around £20,000.

The fund takes requests from members and the general public for donations to local charities and community groups.

Gateway Church, situated in Barnsley made a request for a donation of £362 to fund one session of their upcoming ‘Gateway to Growth’ summer project, which was approved by our Committee.

Last week, Dawn and Laura visited Gateway Church to deliver the cheque and see how our donation would help.

Laura presenting the Community Fund donation to Neil

Neil Morris, who organises the community events and activities, said:

“We run projects and activities at our newly refurbished centre, to bring a sense of community to the local area. Our initiatives have one common aim, to challenge negative behaviour in a positive way.”

The community centre reopened at Easter and since then has run a variety of projects, including: ‘Shoestrings’ – a three-week course involving how to manage and survive on a low income, debt management and social activities including movie nights.

 Neil continued:

“We want to help upskill and engage people, whilst having an underlying ethos of ‘family’.”

Upcoming initiative, ‘Gateway to Growth’ is a creative and ‘hands-on’ series of workshops, consisting of crafts, cookery and gardening. Participants will get the opportunity to create a mini flower tub, as well as creating their very own tree made from buttons and learning to cook healthy meals on a ‘shoestring’ budget.

Neil concluded:

“Thank you so much for your support and the cheque for £362 towards our Gateway to Growth initiative, which couldn’t run without our fantastic volunteers whose time and contribution is priceless.”

For more information about our Community Fund, click here.

By Laura Staniland


Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist

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