Every young person, no matter who they are or where they are from, should have the opportunity to progress and thrive, regardless of the struggles they face. In every community, more and more young people are facing mental health issues, and many are affected by poverty, neglect and abuse. The Jewish community is not immune to any of these issues. JW3’s Gateways programme provides an integrated service to vulnerable young people, including academic and vocational courses, pastoral care and life skills training. We are committed to the holistic development of every student, at every stage of their journey through the programme.

To read about the highlights of what Gateways achieved during the past year, see our Annual Review 2020.

Who we are

Gateways is an education and vocational provision that supports vulnerable young people and those experiencing mental health challenges within the Jewish community.

Gateways Staff

Qualified teachers provide the academic classes and experienced industry professionals teach the vocational classes. Professional child and adolescent psychotherapists offer therapy in partnership with Norwood Children’s Services Psychological Therapies Team.

Laurence Field: Director of Gateways

Gateways founder, Laurence was the former Youth and Community director at the London Jewish Cultural Centre and representative on the Children Youth Involvement & Participation Strategy Group for Barnet Children’s Services.

Raymond Simonson: CEO, JW3

Raymond is a professionally qualified Community & Youth Worker with over 30 years’ experience in the sector, initially as a youth worker in Redbridge and Hackney. He has an MA (Distinction) in Applied Anthropology and Community & Youth Work and a BA (Hons) in Jewish History, and provides strategic oversight and managerial support to JW3’s Gateways project.

Sarah Mendelsohn: Head of Pastoral Care

As a professional counsellor, Sarah has worked extensively with young people for over twenty five years. With her deep knowledge of the Jewish community, she brings passion in working to help those in need build strong emotional foundations for their future lives.

Louise Davis: Head of Education

Louise brings a wealth of experience to her role as JW3’s Head of Gateways Education. She has over two decades of experience in the education sector, including roles such as Economics Teacher at North London Collegiate School, Head of Faculty at Yavneh College, and Deputy Head of King Solomon High School.

What we do

Gateways – the only provision of its kind within the Jewish community – delivers a range of bespoke courses and pastoral care, providing its students with hope for the future.

Courses and qualifications

Academic subjects are taught in personalised one-to-one sessions designed to meet the specific needs of the student. Vocational courses provide students with a practical introduction to a specific employment sector. Groups are deliberately kept very small in order to meet the needs of every student.

Our courses and qualifications are wide ranging and include the following:

Entry level, Functional Skills Level 1 and 2, GCSE (Language and Literature)

Entry level, Functional Skills Level 1 and 2, GCSE

GCSE Combined Science*

Hair and Beauty
BTEC/NVQ Level 1 and 2 Hair and Beauty*

Food Academy
BTEC Level 2 Home Cooking Skills*

Personal Training
BTEC/NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Exercise and Fitness*

Business Skills
BTEC Level 2 and 3 Business and Enterprise*



*All courses are run subject to demand.

Pastoral services

Pastoral care at Gateways is based on the belief that a young person’s journey to success is made easier by giving them the training, support and tools to develop the confidence and life skills they will need to live, learn and earn.

Pastoral services include:

  • Counselling and support
  • Therapy in partnership with Norwood
  • Work readiness
  • Practical support

Coaching for success

At Gateways, our aim is to help you to decide what pathway you would like to take after your studies. This may be choosing a degree course, apprenticeship, internship, training course or full-time job. We help you to realise your ambitions and enable your success. We will encourage you to think for yourself and focus on your goals.

What will the Gateways coaching programme provide?

  • One-to-one mentoring
  • CV and job application guidance
  • Further education guidance
  • DISC profiling on request

Increased self-awareness and self-belief.

Who we support


Students are male and female, aged between 15 and 25 years, and come from a variety of backgrounds and levels of religious observance. They are referred to Gateways by schools, social services, youth support organisations and hospitals from across London.

To learn more about the Gateways programme, please see the Gateways Annual Review from January – December 2019.

Contact us

You can help us make a real difference in the life of someone in the community who has been let down and needs a chance to succeed. For further information about the programme, please contact Laurence Field, Director of Gateways.