Pathways 4 All is local North East charity which was launched in 2010 following an identified need for leisure activities for disabled children and young people.
Lynn McManus, our charity founder, had previously been running a weekly youth club for children with additional needs from within a local soft play area, however this was only available once a week. Families attending were keen to have more frequent access to activities, but this was not possible at the venue they were using. This inspired Lynn to start looking for a more permanent venue and in doing so she started up the charity Pathways 4 All with the primary focus to open a specialist centre for children with additional needs.
Working with North Tyneside Council, Lynn was able to identify a disused council building in the Rising Sun Country Park, however the former hospital wing (built in 1927) was in a very neglected state. There was also a plot of land behind the building which the charity wanted to develop into an enclosed outdoor play area. Upon securing the building, Lynn and the Pathways 4 All Board of Trustees started planning how they would move the project forward and raise the estimated £400,000 needed to bring the building up to a usable standard.