Do you want to be more active in your community?

Do you want more choice and control in your life?

Do you want to develop new skills, become more independent and make new friends?

If yes, then why not take part in the Gateway Award!


What is the Gateway Award?

The Gateway Award is a non-competitive activity based award which people with a learning disability, of any age or ability, can take part in

The award uses activities in areas of everyday life to help participants experience new things, develop life skills, build confidence, become more independent, improve health and wellbeing, make new friends and most importantly have fun.


There are three levels of the award (Bronze, Silver and Gold), made up of five different sections. These include Hobbies, Fitness, Volunteering, Lifestyle, and the Gateway Challenge.

Participants receive a certificate and a medal upon completion of each level!

‘Doing the Gateway Award has made me a different person. I’m much more confident and I can see just how far I have come. I have also made so many new friends’ – Jennifer from South Wiltshire Mencap


Who can take part?

People with a learning disability of any age or ability can take part in the award. People decide their own goals and activities and work at their own pace with the level of support they require

What are Gateway Award centres?

A Gateway Award centre is any organisation or setting where the award is running. Examples of award centres are schools, colleges, residential organisations, charities, youth organisations and day services. The centre is responsible for supporting participants to complete the Award.

How do I register as a Gateway Award Centre?

To register as a Gateway Award centre, a centre enrolment form needs to be completed. It costs £50 per level. After registering as a centre, you will be given a unique centre login and dedicated page on the Gateway Award website. This allows supporters to track the progress of each participant, network with other centres and access useful resources.

What do I need to do to enrol?

People can enrol via a Gateway Award centre. A centre can enrol individuals by submitting a participant information form. When all forms are submitted, they will be assessed and an award will be made.

How much does it cost?

The Award costs £21 per person per level of the award. 

How can I get involved?

People with a learning disability enrol on the award at a Gateway Award centre. There are over 70 Gateway Award Centres in the UK.

If you would like further information about how to get started, including where to find your local Gateway Award centre, please contact us:

For further information, download the Gateway Award FAQ here.

‘My life has changed because I signed up to do the Gateway Award. I have a volunteer placement in a café, and have completed an English, Maths and computer course. I now have reasons to get up in the morning and lots of things to talk about with my family. I feel happy now and part of something’ – Mark from Wirral Mencap

Gateway Easy Read

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