About Us

GAPA was first set up in 1973 by the President of the Rotary Club Chief Inspector Sempers and representatives from the National Playing Fields Assoc. Round Table and Social Services. 

GAPA ran its first Holiday Play Project in August 1974 and was registered with the Charity Commission in May 1975. The adventure playground has been developed over the years to become a valued service for children and families.  GAPA operates as a Company Limited by Guarantee and is a Registered Charity, the company was first registered in 2007 and the original charity was transferred to GAPA Ltd in 2011.

The aims and objectives of GAPA are as follows:


  • To relieve young people and their families resident in Gainsborough and the surrounding area who are in need, by providing services or facilities calculated to relieve the needs of such persons.


  • To promote for the benefit of the inhabitants of Gainsborough and the surrounding area the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, financial hardship or social and economic circumstances or for the public at large in the interests of social welfare and with the object of improving the condition of life of the said inhabitants.


  • To develop the capacity and skills of the members of the socially and economically disadvantaged community of Gainsborough and the surrounding area in such a way that they are better able to identify, and help meet, their needs and to participate more fully in society.'


Sophie Levesque-Payne

Playground Manager & Company Secretary

Sophie started her GAPA journey in early 2019 as a playworker, since then she's worked her way up into management of GAPA after gaining her level 3 Playwork qualification. Previously Sophie has worked in secondary and higher education. She spent 4 years at the University of Lincoln studying BA (Hons) Drama & her Masters degree in Playwriting 


Michelle Holland

Duty Playground Manager

Michelle has been apart of the GAPA family since 2015. She runs the kitchen area & does most of the cooking during a playsession. All the children adore Michelle for her kind and caring nature. Michelle currently holds a level 2 Playwork qualification and is working on her Level 3 in Playwork. 


Mollie Levesque-Payne


Mollie has recently completed her level 3 Playwork apprenticeship with us in a record time of yet over a year. We are pleased to offer Mollie a fulltime position as a qualified  playworker. The children adore Mollie's famous Mac 'N' Cheese dinner. 


Lizzie Freestone


Lizzie joined us in June 2021, Lizzie has been coming to GAPA ever since she was a child. Since joining the GAPA team, Lizzie works extremely hard to get the children involved in different activities on offer in the playsessions.

Directors and Trustees

GAPA has Trustees and Directors that are responsible within Charity Commission and Companies House Law for the control of the management and administration of GAPA.  GAPA has a company manager that works with the Trustees to provide a valued, cost effective, fully compliant and responsive service. 

Who are the Directors and Trustees?

Karen Farmer        

Trustee/Chair/Personnel Group

Sam Swinton      


Louise Simmonds

Director & Trustee

Laura Dagg

Director & Trustee 

Tom Skelton        

Trustee & Safeguarding Officer

Jo Wright


Janet Payne       

Trustee & Treasurer


Cllr Dobbie           

Gainsborough Town Council Representative

Cllr Boles             

West Lindsey District Council Representative

Trustee and Directors meetings

The committee meets every 2 months usually on a Friday at 1.30pm.  If you would like to attend a meeting or are interested in joining the committee please contact

either Karen or Sophie by emailing gapaltd@outlook.com

All staff are first aid trained and have completed all the required Safeguard Training