A thriving hub of the community
The former Greenwich Council-run One O’Clock Club was saved from permanent closure by volunteers in September 2011. A Community Interest Company (CIC) was formed and the centre was re-launched in April 2012 in its present state. It was entirely volunteer-run for the first two years but rapid growth and successful fundraising led to the employment of a part-time General Manager to oversee administration duties and further expansion and fundraising. The centre still relies heavily on volunteers in many different capacities, from playgroup supervision to accounting, communications and event organisation. As a result, The Bridge has become a thriving hub of the community, providing training support for local people who have taken a career break and are looking to re-enter the workspace. It is also a secure and popular launch-pad for local businesses.
The Bridge consists of a large indoor play room with adjoining kitchen, adult and child toilet facilities and store rooms, set within a secure enclosed area. It has its own playground and outdoor play equipment suitable for under-fives. Current projects include the renovation of the existing building and outbuilding and the creation of raised gardening beds and Forest School area. The centre is always appreciative of offers of help from individual volunteers and local businesses.