“I plucked up the courage to get more involved and took on a volunteer role at The Bridge. It gave me my confidence back, I have met many life long friends, so has my son and I went on to learn many things about myself, to achieve so much more and really get involved and understand my community” – Eve Daniels mother of four
Volunteer at the Bridge
The Bridge is a Community Interest Company (Social Enterprise and not for profit) and is led and run by a small army of volunteers, without whom we wouldn’t exist. You can read some of their stories here.
Recently funds have allowed us to formally employ two paid part-time Managers, Raeleen Hutchinson dealing with internal opperations and Ruth Cracknell with the external operations, gardening club,grounds and Forest School activities. These two ladies run the centre on a day to day basis, however all other roles are staffed by volunteers. This includes our Directors, Play and Stay session leaders and Treasurer/Accountant who all give their time for free. The Bridge is 100% CIC (Community Interest Company) as any funds or profits go back into the centre for running costs and improvements.
March 2017: We are urgently looking for new stay and play session leaders – no previous experience needed, just come along with your child. As well as being a great way to help the community, its a fantastic way to meet new friends and to gain new skills. If you are able to commit to 2.5 hour’s (including set-up and tidy away), each week, during term time for any of the following slots, please do get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. We have vacancies on Wednesday and Friday mornings 10-12 and Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons 12.30-2.30.
Read here about what other parents got out of volunteering at the centre.
We are always looking for more help and support so that we can continue to provide important services to our local community and improve the facilities at the Bridge
Just some of the reasons our volunteers give up their time are to
- Transform a community and make a real long-term difference
- To work as part of a team and meet lots of other people in the community
- Learn new skills and boost career option
- Be motivated and gain a fantastic sense of achievement
- Do something fantastic with your spare time with a commitment that suits you – our roles range from 2.5 hours during the day once a week (play and stay leaders) to a couple of hours in the evening (for admin support) to a meeting in the pub once a quarter (Director)
- Be an integral part of the community
We are always interested to hear from anyone that would like to be involved with the Bridge.
Play and Stay Session leaders needed for Mornings – on a Wednesday and Friday 10-12 and afternoons Tuesday and Wednesday 12.30-2.30 Come along weekly with your child and run a session for other parents and carers. Responsibilities include opening up the centre and setting up the toys inside and out. Being a point of contact for other parents and answering their questions. Counting up the takings at the end of the session, tidying away at the end of the session. No previous experience needed.
Volunteer Coordinator – to ensure that there is cover for play and stay sessions if volunteers are unable to attend their usual session. To send out communications/information to volunteers and train new volunteers. To organise x2 social events per year and to investigate further benefits the Bridge could provide to volunteers. 1-2 hours per week
Web/Email Designer – we need help to design a couple of email templates using our existing design elements for use in mailchimp – if anyone has experience of this or knows someone who can help please do let us know.
Please get in touch with Kelly or get further details from email@example.com
In addition if you would like to join our mailing list to find out about special events and news from the centre please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Employee Volunteering Scheme
We are always interested to hear from any local companies who are looking to support an organisation or to provide team building projects. Recently two teams from the Financial Ombudsman came to paint the outside of the centre – in just a few hours they transformed the outside of the centre.