About Gate

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The Gate supports people with neurodiversities to develop and maintain skills as well as improve their wellbeing.

About Gate

Gate is our skills development and training service for people with neurodiversities aged 16+.  It maintains and enhances the skills of its Trainees, as well as improving their wellbeing.

By building confidence and resilience, the Gate helps Trainees to achieve agreed goals and ambitions through a person-centred approach.

Gate has been co-designed with people with neurodiversities and offers a friendly and warm environment where individuals can relax and be themselves.

Gate opens up opportunities to enhance lives in order that ambitions are realised.


Trainees at the Gate are able to learn valuable skills through a range of activities as well as vocational and accredited courses, delivered by tradespeople and specialist tutors.

Activities are offered at the Gate range from photography, art and animation, to horticulture and cooking, IT, cybersecurity and coding.

All courses are delivered to Trainees in small groups, allowing our team to focus on the individual and pace each workshop appropriately.


To complement the practical skills, Gate provides access to a wellbeing programme, underpinned by our person-centred philosophy, which supports all Trainees.

Trainees are helped to develop self-esteem, reduce anxiety and build resilience, allowing them to reach their goals and achieve their dreams.

There are opportunities for Trainees to develop skills in mindfulness, yoga and stress reduction techniques.



Trainees can attend Gate throughout the 48 week programme, for anywhere between half a day and 5 days a week, depending on their availability and their areas of interest.

The weekly schedule gives an indication of activities that will be tutor led, however, there will also be a range of activities available for trainees to participate in if they choose.

Weekly Schedule

Placements within Gate are funded by Self-directed Support.  For more information on obtaining Self-directed support click here

You can apply to the Gate, by completing an online application form

Gate Application Form

If you have any further questions, please contact us

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Our ethos

Our ethos

“We provide opportunities to enhance lives in order that ambitions are realised”

Laura Watkins, CEO The Donaldson Trust re. The Gate