Friday, 5 January 2018

Kiran's Kilimanjaro Climb.

Hi all, one of our regular-ish workers at the Gate is climbing the massive mountain Kilimanjaro to raise some cash for her group here at the Gate. Here's a message from Kiran and some pics from the trip so far and if you'd like to sponsor her endeavour you can do so at this Justgiving link. Please share. 

Hi all, My name is Kiran Bains and I am a trainee health psychologist who has worked for several years at Yarrow as a support worker and activities worker, and many different individuals with learning disabilities. Last summer I did some research with adults with learning disabilities and the people that support them to understand their points of view about what can help people with learning disabilities eat healthily and be active. Since then I've used my knowledge and experience to start running healthy eating workshops at the Gate with some users and am working with the Opening Doors project to create and distribute accessible healthy cooking resources for people with learning disabilities to use to improve their cooking skills and confidence. We are going to be creating videos and picture recipes, by adults with learning disabilities themselves, and putting these on the web for anyone to access. We also will have some physical copies of picture recipes and will send downloadable links to people so they can store these on their phones and tablets if they prefer, and look at these when they're in the kitchen. But first we need to get more people interested in and enjoying healthy living. 

Friday, 1 December 2017

UPGATE 01/12

This week Christmas has been in the air and Emma's made some christmas graffiti cards with our volunteer Anthony...

 Next here's our latest edition of Gate Kicks on Resonance FM!

As Christmas is in the air this week's video is called "Good Santa Bad Santa"


Monday, 20 November 2017

UpGate 20/11

This week loads of people turned up for art sessions, everyone seemed to want to use pens exclusively this time..



Next up is our regular radio show GATE KICKS broadcast last Tuesday, presented by Duane and featuring a music session from out resident impro band Jamaica...

Last of all, we didn't run a full video drama this week as we were discussing our dignity in care video which will be shown to all Yarrow staff. But here's a video drama we made earlier in the year called "No Carols"... In this episode Carol and crew decide to go to a rave and also a riveting session of bingo, unfortunately some of the venue's entrance policy isn't as inclusive as expected.

Friday, 10 November 2017

This Weeks UpGate 10/11

We've had another packed week here at the gate, finishing with Fridays Moving Portraits workshop with Spare Tyre! The finished videos to follow in the near future as well as being part of an exhibition.

On Tuesday the latest edition of Gate Kicks aired on Resonance FM featuring a full length improvisational piece from our experimental band Jamaica:-

And Last but by no means least, the latest Video Drama....and its a KNOCK OUT!

Friday, 3 November 2017

This Weeks UpGate

This week at the Gate Everyone sat down on Monday for the art sessions, Mary and Jackie making use of the new stencils made by our volunteer Anthony, and Michael has continued work on his new guitar piece.

On Wednesday we had video drama and everyone agreed on the subject of rubbish support workers, which were skilfully and accurately portrayed by Arlo and Mat.. you can watch it here...

Last but not least on Tuesday night our latest episode of Gate Kicks aired on resonance FM and you can listen to it here...

Tuesday, 26 September 2017


Last week the Gate headed back to smash another night out at the Andrew Lloyd Webber Theatre, with an awesome performance from all! You can check it out here...

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

VIDEO DRAMA - The Giant in a House

In this episode the Smithy family are at home relaxing when they hear a strange noise coming from outside the front door, a baby?!? The baby is hungry and they feed it as much as they can afford, then the baby starts to grow quite a bit larger than they expected....