Hi! My name is Andy - I am available to support parents, carers and families who may need emotional or mental health support. I can meet on a one-to-one basis with parents and carers who access the Gateway services.
It's an opportunity for parents and carers to express their concerns and needs, or just offload in a confidential and non-judgemental space. At Gateway, we want to know the best ways that we can support you and your children.
If you need any help in dealing with issues and finding solutions, I can offer personal coaching. You can also get involved with any of the groups listed below that would be appropriate for you. Please do get in touch, and I'd love to meet you informally at a time that works for you.
Contact: 07508686502 //
Parent Support Group
Gateway Diamonds meets once each month (or whenever needed) in different areas of the North East.
We meet at Costa - it's a place that parents and carers can come and unwind for a couple of hours. If you'd like to talk about your kids and the issues that you're facing with other parents then that is totally fine - or you can just sit back, have a coffee and take a break.
Find out more:
"Beautiful bunch of souls, all under one roof. Always smiling, always positive - I can't put into words my gratitude for you guys"
- Claire, one of our Gateway parents
Family Get Togethers
From Gateway Diamonds, we found that there was a need for families to have a space to get together and go out for a meal.
It's a great chance to support each other in conversation and friendship - and families being together mean that we can keep an eye on each other's children, so that everyone is able to eat a meal that is hot!
We've also found that this is a brilliant training ground for our young people - it helps them to learn appropriate behaviour, in a supportive environment.
Beyond the Walls
Beyond the Walls Youth consists of up to 12 young people aged 8-13, who are looked after by family members who are not their parents - mainly grandparents. We take the young people out for a meal and an activity: with a minimum of 2 workers supporting them, the young people are about to make their own decisions about food, and have a go at things that they might otherwise miss out on.
Beyond the Walls Adults started around a group of people who came to us wanting to meet, and talk and get out together, with space to explore questions around faith particularly. This has become a space where we are all able to ask questions openly, and support each other. The group meets every other week with a support worker - they go to the beach, cathedral, winter gardens or other locations and are able to chat about things that matter to them. Beyond the Walls is open to all, but we have a particular emphasis on mental health, wellbeing and disability access.
Gateway Stars are a group of young carers aged 11+ - they meet every other month, on a Saturday, to do an activity, have a meal together and to do something for the community. Stars are able to access activities for free, and can also access two free residentials each year. We have to do a lot of fundraising for this, but it's so worth it - the benefits to these young carers is tremendous.
Gateway Mini Stars are our young carers aged 5-10: they meet once every other month for a meal out and an activity. We always have a minimum of two adults and a maximum of six children, and they are collected from home and dropped back home at the end of the day.
The Stars and Mini Stars also have an annual trip to Flamingo Land for the day, which is always a highlight of the year!
Each Friday during the school holidays, we have a family day - these day trips out as a family also have the support of some of the Gateway North East blue tops and staff, who will give parents breaks throughout the day by looking after their children when needed. It's a fantastic opportunity for families to spend some quality time together.
This year we have also managed to secure holidays for six families with the Family Holidays Association. It gave families who hadn't had a holiday for at least four years a chance to have a break together at a Haven caravan park.
Sweet Saturday is our provision around accessible worship - it's Church, but not as you know it! It's a place where you can come and be in a church community, no matter your background or whether you've been to church before or not.
Sweet Saturday is a place where your kids are not going to get into trouble for making a noise; where you'll be able to join in, no matter what is being done.
Children under 8 are always accompanied by parents or carers. Anyone is welcome!