Published - Thursday, 10 March, 2016
Higham Ferrers Gateway Club were recently awarded a grant of £2034.50 by Northamptonshire Community Foundation through the Rachael’s fund and NCC Small Grants Programme.
Higham Ferrers Gateway Club is a charity that provides social and leisure opportunities for adults with a learning disability. They will be using their grant to provide 10 sessions on wildlife and environment, based on feedback from 24 members who are living with a learning disability.
These sessions include a day visit to London Zoo, a visit from Owls to Behold where members will have the opportunity to learn about birds of prey, a trip to Irthlingborough Lakes where they will take part in a number of craft activities. A session will be led by Brackley Hogwatch, who will bring a selection of hedgehogs and educate members about the issues facing the hedgehog population. They will also participate in other activities revolving around the theme, including two dance sessions, led by a professional dance tutor and animal mask making. The grant will also cover the expense of the venue hire to hold their meetings.
“Higham Gateway Club is a self-funded registered charity affiliated to Mencap, run exclusively by volunteers and is a social and leisure club for adults with learning disabilities. We meet weekly to provide our members with a range of activities that are sometimes difficult for them to access independently, including cooking, music and outings. We're thrilled to have received funding from Northamptonshire Community Foundation to develop our activities and provide an opportunity for our members to learn more about the natural environment, a topic that intrigues and excites them.”
Elizabeth Willmott, Higham Ferrers Gateway Club.