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Charity (no. NIC100493)

Carrickfergus Junior Gateway

"Providing a social space for children and young people with learning disabilities"

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

Welcome to Carrickfergus Junior Gateway – a space for young people with learning disabilities to socialise and learn some life skills at the same time in an informal way. We have been operating since 1987 and run two separate sessions according to age group. Saturday mornings for ages 7-18, and Thursday evenings for ages 16-29. Naturally anyone aged 16-18 is welcome at both sessions. Membership is not dependant on social work referral or having a statement of educational needs so please get in touch if you think you would like to join us. Our activities range from having a natter in the social area to football matches in our sports hall and pretty much everything in between, including trips to local spots such as the cinema, zoo, bowling and the pub.

Our affiliation partners are the Northern Ireland Education Authority (Youth Service) and Mencap, the voice of learning disability. We are registered with the NI Charity Commission (NIC100493) and have our own committee for governance. We are run completely by volunteers and are proud to offer placements for people doing Duke of Edinburgh, Millennium Volunteers, HND/HNC Health and Social Care, as well as volunteering opportunities for people who would just like to join in with our activities and grow themselves in the process.

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Additional Information

Affiliated Agencies

  • Mencap -  http://www.mencap.org.uk. Mencap, our parent organisation is a national charity that aims to be the voice of learning disability within the UK.
  • NEELB - http://www.neelb.org.uk/youth. The youth service of the North Eastern Education and Library Board. They provide support and training for our leaders, helping to keep us up to date with current youth issues.

Health and Safety Policy

Carrickfergus Junior Gateway recognises our responsibility to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all children and volunteers; and all other persons whilst they are on our premises. It is the club’s policy to do all that is reasonable to prevent personal injury and damage to property and to protect all persons, including members of the general public, from foreseeable hazards that they could come into contact with at Carrickfergus Junior Gateway. To ensure children, volunteers and any visitors safety we will:

  • provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions
  • provide appropriate instruction and training to volunteers
  • make available to volunteers all necessary equipment needed
  • constantly review our health and safety procedures by consulting with volunteers, children, parents and guardians
  • provide and maintain safe access to the club

We also recognise that all volunteers have a duty to exercise personal responsibility and to do everything practical to prevent injury to themselves and others. We will appoint a safety officer to ensure the maintenance of the club and ensure any hazards are dealt with quickly. As part of Sunnylands Youth Centre we will be in regular contact with the Centre manager to ensure the health and safety of all persons using the premises. We are also committed to reviewing our policy and practice at regular intervals.

We in Carrickfergus Junior Gateway have set up policies and procedures in order to prevent and danger arising from a hazard in order to protect the children volunteers and any other persons that visit the club.

The procedure for dealing with any hazards relating to health and safety is as follows:

  • Stage 1- Inform leader in charge and quickly deal with the hazard to prevent any accidents or injuries.
  • Stage 2- Record the hazard in the Health and Safety book, including time, date and description of hazard.
  • Stage 3 - The leader in charge will then inform Sunnylands Youth Centre’s manager about the hazard.

Intimate Personal Care Policy

We in the Carrickfergus Junior Gateway are committed to practice which treats all of our members and volunteers with dignity and sensitivity. Where intimate personal care is needed, this will always be done sensitively and appropriately with high regard for privacy and dignity. We will endeavour to do this by: 

  • Adopting procedures for dealing with intimate personal care.
  • Assessing the level of support required for each member and involving members in their own intimate personal care.
  • Applying the principles of same gender care where possible.
  • Adopting guidelines to be used by staff and volunteers when delivering intimate personal care.
  • Sharing information about these guidelines with members, parents and volunteers.
  • Carrying out regular risk assessments for members.
  • Providing effective support and training for our volunteers and members.

We are also committed to reviewing our policy and practice at regular intervals.

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