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Yarrow - Day Opportunities at the Gate

All our services give people the opportunity to develop new skills and talents and widen their social networks; generating greater opportunities for friendships and inclusion. The Gate is based on the belief that if you discover and nourish personal expression, interests and talents, people can gain the skills and self-confidence they need to live fulfilling lives in the community. Activities include:

  • Video drama
  • Music recording/editing
  • Multimedia art
  • Drama/music therapy
  • Individual relaxation sessions with sensory lighting/music
  • Guitar lessons
  • Film club
  • Literacy/numeracy sessions 
  • Art for people with complex needs

There are discussion groups such as the Sexuality and Relationship Group and Behind the Headlines explores and discusses current news items. There is also the opportunity to take part (and be paid) in a groundbreaking training programme with the Metropolitan police; training police officers in techniques for interviewing ‘vulnerable’ witnesses or victims of crime.

The Moment by Moment theatre group is based at The Gate. It has three plays to its credit and a film ‘Coping Strategies’, in which Bill Nighy (BAFTA award winner) makes a guest appearance. It has also staged fundraising concerts at the Tabernacle in North Kensington and the Arts Ed theatre in Chiswick, raising over £3,000 for international disaster aid.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Diana Cadogan
 020 8735 4600

Where to go

Yarrow - Day Opportunities at the Gate
216 Goldhawk Road
W12 9NX

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Age Ranges

Local Offer

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Who is this service available to?

Yarrow works with adults with learning disabilities and acquired brain injury. This includes people who are on the autistic spectrum, have complex behaviour, dual diagnosis and sensory impairment.

We are specialist in working with people with profound disabilities and complex needs, including people who do not use speech to communicate

How do you access this service?

Please contact Yarrow directly using the contact details below. We are very happy to arrange for the person interested in our day opportunities to visit the service to see if he or she would be interested In joining. Taster sessions are also available.

We are a person-centred organisation so we listen to people to find out what they want and we are flexible so that we can deliver what people want.

How do we ensure the quality of this service?

The quality of the service is ensured by making sure that:

  • The timetable and content of sessions are individualised and reflect what people with learning disabilities say they want to achieve.

  • Staff are well trained and supervised so they work well with people in personalised ways that enables them to gain new skills.

  • People are able to enter more mainstream services as a result of what they learn at the Gate. Our Day Opportunities are monitored and evaluated according to our person-centred planning outcomes and reported at our Quality Committee. Outcomes are evaluated against an initial assessment of skills level and the subsequent achievement of goals as identified by the customer and/or family member, support worker or professional.

Last Updated 28/11/2022

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