Gateway North East exists to enable young people affected by a disability or barrier to learning to learn to be leaders.
We started as a small swimming group in 2009 and now over 70% of those who teach, coach, or work for Gateway, have a disability or barrier to learning.
The things that we do are individualised eg the swimming club teaches children on a one-to-one basis at the same price that they would pay for a group session elsewhere.
Our main issue is always the cost of pool hire and the cost of transport. Last year it cost us over £15,000 in vehicle hire. A big prize would allow us to buy and maintain a minibus and meet hire costs.