Open Gate

A small scale environmental and educational development charity

Open Gate’s UK Work

Map of Open Gate's local area

Open Gate's local area
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The charity's UK work is concentrated around the North Midlands area where the charity is based, although the trustees may consider requests from suitable projects outside this area. The trust focuses on helping the disadvantaged and disabled, and is able to draw on the experience of trustees in this field.

Examples of Open Gate supported projects:

The Lindley Educational Trust run the Hollowford Centre in Castleton. This centre provides outdoor activities to help young people build their self-esteem, sense of responsibility, and fitness. Open Gate supported a Skills for Life project to ensure that children with special needs are better integrated into their community. This project has now broadened out to include parents.

Highfields Happy Hens

Highfields Happy Hens

Highfields Happy Hens is another project typical of those that Open Gate has supported in the UK. Based around a free-range egg business, the farm is used to teach disadvantaged young people a sense of responsibility and care for themselves and the environment. It has been very successful in working with young offenders and children excluded from school.

The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust provides a range of educational activities, for both schools and families. They have a permanent base at the Whistlestop Centre in Matlock Bath, and use the surrounding countryside, including High Tor, Cromford Meadows and the River Derwent. Open Gate supports their Grounds for Change project, helping schools to attract wildlife into their grounds and make the most of their open spaces.

Willow weavers at Redwood Junior School

Willow weavers at Redwood Junior School

REAP (Rural Education & Arts Project) is a rural community arts organisation, working in and with some of the most isolated and scattered rural communities across the Peak District in Derbyshire and Staffordshire. We provided funding for “Craft Heads”, an out-of-school-hours rural crafts training club for children, young parents and older people.