Building Brighter Futures
Gateway Community Care is a part of the Orchard Care Group, which brings together three leading brands in Irish social care – Orchard Fostering, Gateway Residential and Gateway Community Care. We continue to expand to provide additional services to meet the needs of those we care for.
The Orchard Foundation was established in February 2021, with the aim to provide opportunities to the children and young people, within the Orchard Care Group, through funding for activities, classes, and cultural events, etc. where there is a barrier to entry.
The board is comprised of four members, each of which bring experience from Social Work, Financial Administration and Foster Care backgrounds
All children within the Orchard Care Group are eligible for this funding and consideration will be given to every submission. Some examples of the type of funding previously provided are set out below:
A young person in our service, through their drive and determination, was accepted on a scholarship to a prestigious secondary school. With this opportunity, however, came additional costs. This young person’s talent and tenacity was recognised by the foundation and therefore our contribution provided support for extracurricular sports equipment and training gear.
We were also available to provide funding for a family who have dedicated themselves to the little person in their home, who finds great calm and therapeutic relief in horse riding. The involvement he has with the horse riding stables and the positive affect that horse riding has on him, allows him to not only pursue his passion, but provide a therapeutic outlet which also provides support for his foster carers.