New Cafe

We’ve just opened a community café to generate additional funds for our charity.

It’s open Monday to Thursday from 11.30am to 2.30pm and offers great value, home cooked food including soup, toasties, jacket potatoes and delicious cakes.

Cook, Deb said:

“We are offering the community great quality, homemade food at affordable prices, in a lovely, tranquil location.  It’s a great run out, with free parking when you arrive, or when cycling one of the many nearby routes.

By visiting our café, you will be supporting the delivery of local accessible recreation and sports initiatives.”

Great residential stays, for all

Despite it being early days in the new school year, the thoughts of some teachers will already be turning to planning residential trips in the months ahead.

Residential experiences are a key part of school life for young people. Yet full pupil take up of residential opportunities only happens in 21% of UK schools according to research funded by the Department for Education and Skills (PSHE/Citizenship Team) and managed by The Scout Association and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. It’s no secret that schools still face significant funding pressures. But in some instances, less than 20% of pupils attended residential opportunities. So why is that? One of the main issues cited in the research is access.

52% of schools asked said some children would find it difficult to go on organised trips, with disability (31%) coming second only to cost as the reasons given – clearly still representing a significant barrier to some.

The key to finding a solution for your school, however, may closer than you think.

With specially adapted accommodation for children with all levels of disability, lifts to all floors and extra wide doorways, a residential stay at the Wingate Centre means you can include everyone.

Welcoming small and large groups from mainstream and special schools, the Wingate Centre is open throughout the year offering residential breaks for groups of 8-42 people, providing a safe and enjoyable environment for children with learning disabilities to enjoy the benefits of residential experiences.

Our dedicated facilities and specialist equipment provide everything disabled children need. There’s a large gymnasium, recreation hall, sensory room and large dining room and just because autumn is on its way, outdoor fun doesn’t have to stop either. As well as indoor activities such as dance, drama and craft, we have accessible outdoor play areas. There are also lots of fabulous visitor attractions nearby.

While accessibility to residential opportunities can often be an issue for young disabled pupils, the benefits of these experiences are the same for all – from helping to increase confidence and self-belief, to improving relationships with others and developing new skills. Put simply, access to high-quality residential opportunities can have a hugely positive impact on children, young people and schools.

Learn more about how young pupils with learning disabilities can take part in residential experiences at the Wingate Centre, by emailing us at

Thanks Atos

As part of their induction the Atos graduates have been coming to the Wingate Centre since June 2016. Although the main focus is on helping the Wingate Centre, it is also a valuable learning experience allowing great leadership opportunities, project management and collaborative teamwork.

On 11th September the Atos Graduates spent the day helping this great cause. With groups working on gardening, painting and general maintenance, they collectively worked to improve the experience for the children and their families who visit the Wingate Centre.

Throughout the day the graduates implemented the skills learnt during their induction into a real life situation. When speaking about what they have taken away from the day they said:​

‘Our day at the Wingate Centre was extremely rewarding and I felt satisfied knowing I was helping others‘ – Luke

‘The work done at the Wingate Centre is inspirational, learning about the hard work that goes on behind the scenes really hit home and it was great to know I contributed even a small amount to the experiences the children will have.’Jess  ​

‘It’s nice to be in a position to help others, it has also been a really great learning opportunity in how to support a team as a leader.‘  – Nathan ​

There is no greater feeling than putting in hard work for others, today has really shown me that and inspired me to do more charitable work in the future. Knowing that Atos graduates have contributed almost £60,000 worth of charity is a motivating factor to continue the good work.‘ – Elliot ​

‘It’s safe to say that on behalf of ourselves and the whole Atos team that we are incredibly proud of the hard work put in by everyone. Knowing that our work here is not only for the benefit of the children but also the wonderful staff who work tirelessly to create once in a lifetime experience for visitors to the Wingate Centre.

Our time at the Wingate Centre has really highlighted how important it is to give back to the community, not just through donations but also through gifting your time, which is just as valuable as funding support.’ Izzy

Elizabeth, Marketing and Fundraising Manager at Wingate said:

‘We are extremely grateful of Atos for their ongoing support. Their volunteers make a huge difference to our work.’

Bella’s Amazing Swim 

On Sunday 11 August 2019 Bella Mckinney, aged 6 swam 1,000 metres and raised  £500.80 – a staggering 333% of her original target.

Bella’s mum, Jane McKinney said:

“Bella comes to the Wingate Centre for gymnastics and has had her birthday party there too. 

She noticed that they were selling toys and sweets and asked me why.  I explained that it is to raise money for the centre, so that lots of children with disabilities could come for holidays or days out to and use the facilities. 

Bella decided that she wanted to raise some money to help and wrote a list of things she could do, eventually deciding on a swim.  We thought perhaps a few lengths, but Bella had other ideas! “

Bella set herself a target of 1,000 metres.  She practiced every weekend, curtesy of her dad Keith, and built up her stamina.  On the day she did brilliantly and completed 40 lengths in 55 minutes a wonderful achievement.

Sarah Hampton, Fundraiser at the Wingate Special Children’s Trust said:

“An amazing achievement, it is not often that people raise so much more than their original target.  Thank you to everyone who supported Bella and of course a very big thank you to Bella for all her hard work”

The charity organises a wide range of community fundraising events. For more information visit and search events.


Wingate Awards 2019

We celebrated the achievements of our disabled gym users at a fabulous end of year awards ceremony recently.

Supported by family, carers and friends, participants received their Wingate and Winstrada Awards, recognising their achievements in gym-based activities at the centre, over the last 12 months.

The audience was also treated to a spectacular trampoline display by gym user Ainsley as well as a dance performance from the Dance and Movement group, which meets at the centre once a week.

Elizabeth Brocklehurst, Marketing & Fundraising Manager at the Wingate Special Children’s Trust said:

“It was a privilege to witness the pride that our gym users felt in receiving recognition for the progress that they have made by taking part in recreational activities.  There are so many benefits of participation in sport and recreation, but unfortunately disabled people are often excluded from this experience.”  

She added:

“Our awards are a reminder of why it is so important that facilities like The Wingate Centre are available for our disabled gym users. Our sessions make a real difference to people’s lives.”


School Holiday Club










We had great feedback from the families who used our school holiday club during the May Half Term – so, it’s back!

Exciting and varied days of activities, including multi-sports, trampolining, dance and drama for children of primary school age (5 to 11) for just £20 per day, from 9am until 4pm on:

27th / 28th / 29th August.

Just another way of supporting our charity!

Email your booking for August dates to or call 01270 780 456.

Wingate World

Our latest newsletter is now available to download:

Wingate World Summer 2019










Pop Up Cafe

Our pop up cafe is open this week:

Monday 22nd, Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and Friday 26th July from 11am until 2.30pm at The Wingate Centre, Wrenbury Hall Drive, Wrenbury CW5 8ES.

Join us for lunch, delicious cakes or just a drink and help to raise money to support the centre’s activities for disabled people.

Cake options include Toffee and Banana and Coffee and Walnut, plus we have a children’s menu available!

Hope you can join us.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic 2019

The sun shone (eventually) and local families enjoyed a fabulous day out at our 2019 Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the stunning location of Cholmondeley Castle.

Attractions included the Play Bus, face painting, bouncy castle, Punch and Judy Shows, traditional fete games, have-a-go sports, raffle, tombola and even a dog show.

Elizabeth Brocklehurst, Marketing & Fundraising Manager at the Wingate Special Children’s Trust said:

“It was a fantastic event at an amazing venue.

Thanks to the event sponsors; Peugeot Gateway Crewe, Redshift Radio and Playbus for making a tremendous contribution to the amount raised.”

She added:

“The day would not have been possible without the support of our wonderful volunteers and the local families that attended. A massive thank you to everyone involved.”