Alexandra House, Gateway outreach event

Community Gateway [CG] is a not-for-profit community business, set up to meet the housing needs of people in Preston and the surrounding areas. CG is about creating friendly communities, where people want to live, it makes sure tenants influence what happens to their homes and neighborhoods, and the services it provides.

Local people are represented on our Board, in service action groups and through ongoing, direct contact with staff and other residents. CG is committed to promoting equality in everything it does – as an employer, a landlord and a community business. Giving people an equal chance to contribute towards Gateway’s work, and influence the business, is important to the success of the association. CG recognises and values the wide range of skills, experiences and talents within our membership and workforce.

Preston City Mela worked with Community Gateway as one of its valued partners for the Mela programme. The Outreach programme provided its residents in sheltered housing scheme to experience the artistic and traditional crafts of the South Asian heritage

There were 6 workshop artists, who demonstrated traditional Indian arts forms

  • ArteeCraft Shreya Ghodke – Saree Draping and Photo booth
  • ArteeCraft Rakesh Ghodke – Kandeel Lantern making
  • Denise Swanson Dye Versity – Creating a Lancashire Fleece
  • Henna Artist Yogni Patel
  • Henna Artist Manisha Chauhan

In addition, Arian Sadr – Persian Drummer provide short musical performance with workshop sessions.

Paula Lister Outreach & Support Services Manager for Community gateway said: This was a fantastic event, really well organised lots of variety of things that people get involved with and everybody had a fantastic time. The crafts and all the artists were excellent, which made it so memorable for our residents and community.

 Images below from outreach session at Community Gateway Associations Alexandra House on the 18th May. Everyone had a great time and there was a really good mix of people.