The sun shines on Gap Open Day

Ciaran McHenry from Gap Jnr proudly shows off the 'world cup'. INBM27-14S
Ciaran McHenry from Gap Jnr proudly shows off the 'world cup'. INBM27-14S

All roads led to Greenlight Garden Centre on Saturday 21st June for the first Open Day of Greenlight Gateway’s Gap and Gap Jnr Projects.

Greenlight Gateway’s GAP Project has completed its first year and hosted an amazing Mid-Summer Open Day to highlight it’s success and showcase future plans. 

Enjoying the sunshine at the Greenlight Gateway Open Day. INBM27-14S

Enjoying the sunshine at the Greenlight Gateway Open Day. INBM27-14S

It was a truly fun filled, sun soaked day with free Archery, Fun with Drums Workshop, an amazing Photobooth, and BBQ.

There was even a special full size replica of The World Cup for some very special football selfies! If you don’t believe us, check out the fun photos on Facebook.

Marie Birt, the project manager and Seamus McIlroy, the Project Worker has developed the GAP Senior, a new social outlet for young adults with Learning Disabilities/Special Educational Needs.

Seamus is really keen to show off and share all that the social clubs have been doing over the last year and to hear what young people want to be a part of and what interests they have.

Padraig McFetridge has some 'fun with drums'.INBM27-14S

Padraig McFetridge has some 'fun with drums'.INBM27-14S

Our social clubs, and GAP Groups are directed by the young people that get involved. Greenlight has provided the opportunities for them to develop their interests in whatever areas they choose.

Marie reminds us, “This all stems from the application for the funding that was given to us by the Big Lottery Fund; Reach out to young people and empower them to take the lead, be able to make decisions and choices about what they want and need’.

Marie continues, ‘We are delighted that the day was a chance for prospective members as well as their families, carers and friends, to find out in a very ‘hands on way’ what is on offer here at Greenlight Gateway.

“We are very open to your ideas and suggestions about what is needed. We also had information available about the Training and Learning opportunities that are available for those leaving school or further educational courses”.

“We look forward to hearing from anyone interested in our project over the Summer months’.

The Open Day was also a chance to showcase and share some of the amazing work the team of Gap Junior committed volunteers, children and young people have enjoyed all year.

Although Kerry Patton, the project co-ordinator couldn’t be there on the day, The Open Day was the last day of the year and it was a special opportunity to celebrate the unique achievements of all the young members who have travelled so far together this first year.

The focus of the ‘ GAP Jnr Project’ is to offer advice, signposting and support to the children, young people and their families approaching and going through the transitional phase from primary school to high school as well as a busy calendar of events and clubs through the year.

The programme supported by Children in Need has provided ‘in house’ and ‘mobile’ programmes such as ‘afternoon social clubs’ and a very special ‘sensory club’.

Most importantly of all as Frank Nealis, one of the team underlined, ‘The Open Day was a day when we could say a massive thank you to everyone in the wider local community for their support and interest in all we do…and to literally throw open our doors for all.

“Of course we are open right through the year and if you wish to find out more about Greenlight Gateway, The Gap Project, Jnr GAP and the Training and Learning Centre please do drop by anytime or contact Marie, Seamus or Kerry on 028 20761110 or find them on Facebook.