All of the leaders and committee members within Gateway work on a completely voluntary basis, with day jobs as varied as teachers, programmers, sales assistants and students. This variety helps to make the club what it is, whether an artistic flair that is at home in the art room or a love of cooking that can be tasted at breaktime.
Before a volunteer is accepted into Gateway they are checked with Access NI for child protection purposes and undertake a trial period within the club to check their suitability.
With our links to NEELB and Mencap our leaders can take part in various accredited training courses throughout the year as well as in house training that accumulates in a weekend residential every September. All of our senior leaders have undertaken the OCN in Introduction to Volunteering and Programme Development course or its equivalent that teaches best practice in running a youth group.
Leader in Charge
Currently Julie Stirling who helped found the club’s second session in 2013 when we decided that once a week simply wasn’t enough. Julie has a love of art and can still be found running the odd craft project at Junior.