Mandy is the Charity Manager and oversees everything we do. She has been with the Charity since 1993
Ellie has been with Gateway since 2002, initially as a Club Assistant working with our drama group on Thursday evenings. She has been the Charity Administrator since 2017. She also oversees all the Music activities, including the Saturday Music Club, Ukulele Club and song-writing course.
GSandra says: "I started my Gateway journey 25 years ago. I was asked to help out taking members to Wild Duck for a long weekend, which I have now done for 25 years. I then became a volunteer at Tuesday Club, then Friday Club. I would help with cooking and sewing which I loved doing. I have also had lots of fun fundraising, and all the activities that go with it. I have met some lovely people along the way, and have learned a lot about how people’s lives benefit from Gateway.
Over the years Gateway has changed and grown, but the one thing that stays the same is Mandy, always there steadfast and strong ,fighting for you all, helping people to overcome their disabilities, and giving them many opportunities they might not have had. Sadly we lost Roy, our wonderful chairman, who also gave his all to help make the Charity a strong and successful one.
I look forward to the celebrations for our 25th Anniversary Jubilee."
Louise is a SEND teacher and became involved with Gateway through family links. She now organises our Wild Duck Weekend. She became a Trustee in 2017.
Victoria works full-time and is our Advocacy and Support Manager and also works as a Club Leader. She is a Learning Disability Nurse. She has been with the Charity since 1995. On 15th March 2022 Victoria was presented with The High Sheriff's Award "for her outstanding dedication and commitment during the Covid pandemic, working tirelessly to ensure the Learning Disabled community were well supported with advice and practical help." 07710 177050
Veronica has been a Trustee since 1997 and is now our Chair of Trustees. Her background is in financial services and running a family business. Veronica can frequently be seen helping out I'm the background at our activities and fundraisers.
Susan has a family member with a Learning Disability and became involved with the Charity following our Advocacy and Support Service supporting her mother. She works in the University archive. Susan became a Trustee in 2019 and is our Treasurer.
I am healthcare consultant for all providers CQC and Ofsted. I develop care providers, increasing their care standards, training, and developing complex behaviour management plans. I do Quality Auditing for care providers and complete external mock inspections. I review all health and safety and care planning.
Martin says: I joined Gateway in early 2014 after working in financial services for 22 years. My first role was as a minibus driver collecting members from in and around the Colchester area to bring them to the Friday Club at the Wilson Marriage Centre, and then take them home after. I also helped at this club, and also the Thursday club in Clacton. I took on my new role as a Trustee at the end of 2020. Being involved with Colchester Gateway Clubs is very rewarding.
Nicola says: I have worked for Gateway since 2018. I have a full time day job as a domestic abuse link worker and plan to complete my social work degree next year.
I love Gateway as I feel everyone should have a right to socialise and have fun . I love Friday and Saturday discos when I see the members let loose, dance and smile!
Aaron has been with Gateway since 2016. Having previously been a youth worker he started as a volunteer. Aaron is obsessed with sport, mainly Man Utd, and listening to and going to see Bruce Springsteen. He says "Gateway allows me to be myself and encourage the members to do the same, so we have lots of fun." Aaron can normally be found in the disco or organising pool, bingo and darts.
Mo has been working at Gateway since 1997. She can be found at our Healthier Me and Friday evening Clubs at Foxash.
Lesley has been at Gateway since the long-ago days at Brooklands. She originally volunteered, teaching trampolining. Over the years she has worked at all of the Clubs, and she was a big part of setting up and running weekends away and the Gateway Award Scheme. Lesley can be found in Kings Cafe at Kingsland most Tuesday evenings, and works whenever we need her. Lesley enjoys a cuppa - but would prefer a gin and tonic!
Sarah has been with Gat4way for over 20 years and can usually be found wherever there is art happening. She says: "I believe in the importance of creative expression, helping people to find creative activities that they enjoy and to explore new ones and develop upon existing ones."
Lynne has been at Gateway since 2018. She says: 'I enjoy being with members, the art work, cooking and chocolate, and the disco."
Shirley has been at Gateway since 2021. She says 'My favourite things is seeing the members smiling."
Gill has had several roles at Gateway including Club Assistant, mini-bus driver and Gateway Awards. She can now be found at Tuesday Club each week.
Emily works as an Advocate, you can find out more about her and what she does once Advocacy and Support page.
Beth works as an Advocate, you can find out more about her and what she does once Advocacy and Support page.
Jess works as an Advocate, you can find out more about her and what she does on our Advocacy and Support page.
Nicky is helping our members who want to work towards the Community section of our new Roy Clarke Award Scheme.
Bethany has joined out Advocacy and Support team as a Support Worker.
Juliette is now a Trustee. She will be familiar to many of you as she used to be a member of staff working in our Clubs.
Shelley is now a Trustee. Shelley is a Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities and is well known to many of us as the Epilepsy Nurse Specialist.
Colchester Gateway Clubs Registered Charity No 1063731