Gateway Award

The Gateway Award is an activity based programme which lets participants set their own challenges based upon their interests, much like the Duke of Edinburgh award. The award is about meeting new people, being healthy and having fun.  To do the award we will asisst you by providing support in planning your activities which are accredited to your award. This award is all-encompassing, therefore it can be achieved if you are part of any of our schemes and if you wear any of our Gateway North East coloured tops.


The award itself is broken down into three levels; bronze, silver and gold. For each level of the award, participants must complete one activity for the five sub categories. The five sub categories are,


The hobby section of the Gateway Award includes arts and crafts, collections and recreations. These could be hobbies that the participant already takes part in prior to starting the award or it could be a new hobby they decide to take up. During the gold award participants are required to carry out a project of some form, relating to one of their hobbies.


In the fitness section of the awards participants are required to choose a new fitness activity from a list to start to take part in. The number of activities required for the participant to take part in changes depending on the level of the award.


There are a number of lifestyle topics to learn about including healthy eating, first aid, money, independence and health. The number of topics required increases for silver and gold awards.



Participants can choose a volunteering activity to benefit their community. The gold award requires participants to choose a volunteering activity within a voluntary organisation.

Gateway Challenge

Participants identify a challenge and undertake an activity or project to address it. This can be a personal, group or adventurer challenge. Depending on the level of the award it can link to another group or organisation.

The specific activities are chosen by the participant and are based upon their individual needs, ability and interests and can be completed in any order or simultaneously. As the levels progress the participant needs to spend more time or increase their commitment to the activities in each section.

For further information about the award please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0191 5263112 or email Becky on Alternatively, you can visit the Mencap website where you will find more information about the award.