About the Gate

About The Gate

Our Vision:

The vision of The Gate is to be a non-judgemental, compassionate and confidential support centre; to inform and promote well-being by coming alongside women and men who live or work in London, facing an unplanned pregnancy or struggling following abortion or miscarriage.

About Us:

The Gate opened its doors for clients in November 2006, after an initial steering group from local churches had come together with a heart to provide vital support to those facing distress in situations of an unintended pregnancy or following an abortion or miscarriage.

The Gate is a Christian-based organisation which works from an ethos of compassion, care and respect as it responds to those with unplanned pregnancy or post abortion concerns.

We welcome people of all faiths and of none. At The Gate we recognise that value of each individual and do not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation.

Our Mission Statement:

  • To provide a safe space by maintaining confidentiality and offering non-judgemental support through trained volunteers.
  • To provide information by offering an impartial guide to options and other relevant support services.
  • To be accessible to all by offering services without charge and ensuring contact details are easily found through the internet and in the local area.
  • To come alongside those struggling after a termination or miscarriage by offering support in their journey through pain to peace.
  • To work with other support services by actively networking and building relationships.

Our Values:

  • Non-judgemental: We will welcome all who may seek our help, we will provide space to talk freely, listening to and respecting everyone we engage with
  • Personal: We will value each person as a unique individual with their own particular needs, and be attentive to those needs through whatever means are suitable
  • Approachable: We will make it easy for those in need to come to us through presenting a warm front, maintaining confidentiality and creating a safe space to talk.
  • Serving: We will work freely as a resource for the whole community, aiming to help and support whoever asks, without any expectations
  • Professional: We will function with integrity and quality, upholding this through clear policies, ongoing supervision, training and service reviews.
  • Excellence: We will strive for continuous improvement; operating with the highest standards in all we do and aspiring to stir anyone who engages with us
  • Teamwork: We will value and support everyone involved in the work of The Gate in whatever capacity, working as one body to further The Gate's mission

Our Governance:

The work of The Gate has a stringent governance structure in place: Click here to view.

Our People:

The Gate has a part time Centre Manager . The rest of the work is staffed entirely by a team of dedicated volunteers. Volunteers undergo at least one 50-hour training course accredited by the OCN(with an additional 30-hour course for post-termination support), receive regular supervision for their work with clients, and are all DBS checked.

We also have a dedicated team on the Management Group who meet 6 times a year and Trustees who meet a minimum of three times each year.

 

Please note that we are not able to refer directly for termination. We offer clients information on all the options and are well-resourced to provide both immediate and long term support as necessary, directing to other agencies as appropriate.