THE Gateway Group will celebrate its official launch in Kendal next Thursday (June 22).

Made up of more than 40 registered members, the charity promotes a more coherent approach in the charitable sector to delivering support and services in the district.

The group's ambition is to provide the tools to enable charities and health and statutory partners to safely work together.

The Gateway Group was founded by Age UK South Lakeland and rapidly gained members over the first year.

A core group was formed of eight charities. These supported and promoted the use of the online resources developed by Age UK South Lakeland and provided free to use for all those organisations willing to sign up to safe working protocols.

The Gateway Groups vision has now been recognised at both district and at county level with the online resources adopted across the county to provide for the safe handling of client information between agencies.

Claire Park, director of Sight Advice and chair of the Gateway Group said: “There is a wealth of skills and talent working away out there, some of it disconnected and working in isolation.

"Our mission has been to connect the pieces together and present ourselves [charities as a whole] in such a way that our health and statutory partners can work with us and we can become part of the solution."

The celebration of the Gateway Group will take place between 2-7pm on June 22 at Kendal Town Hall. Presentations will be at 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm and 6pm.