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.