“I first started using the Bridge in its formative year when I had one child and found it very hard to just get out of the house and talk to new people. Many years on, after having my forth child I ventured back to the Bridge, 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, Now a Director and Chair at the Bridge
“I decided to volunteer as I wanted to do something that supported the local community and local parents. The Bridge provides a great, safe environment for little ones to play, explore and build friendships. Whilst offering parents and carers a break and a well-earned cuppa. I’ve found this to be true in the last year of volunteering and it’s given me the chance to meet lots of local parents. I will continue coming to the stay and play sessions, it’s just harder to commit my time, with number 3’s imminent arrival. I’ve really enjoyed my time and feel the Bridge is a great asset that has broaden the remit of the stay and play sessions.” -Nina Pascall, Friday morning Volunteer 2014-15
“Being new to the area, finding the Bridge was a godsend for me and my then 18mth old son. I loved that the centre is strongly volunteer-based, and very friendly because of that. I wanted to give back to the community and made enquiries. Being a stay and play leader meant my son could benefit from the session and I could give back a little. Having been out of the workforce for a long time (I have another son, now nearly 5yrs old), this was a great way of feeling “useful” and meeting new people. It felt good to feel counted on and to have that extra responsibility, but with a lot of support and along with many friendly faces.” -Cathy Rogers, Volunteer 2014
“When I had my first son I had a ready made group of friends via the NCT but when I didn’t go back to work and they all did I felt lost, lonely and purposeless. Volunteering via the Bridge and doing marketing for them gave me a sense of direction again and a sense of belonging. The Bridge has introduced me to some very close friends and a fabulous local community. The Bridge is a very special place my children and me!” -Kelly Salambasis, volunteer, Director and currently part-time manager at the Bridge
- Play and Stay Session Leaders (URGENT) No previous experience needed, just an interest in the local community and if you have a child they can benefit from the play and stay activities. 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. We have vacancies on Wednesday and Friday mornings 10-12 and Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons 12.30-2.30.
- Volunteer Co-ordinator Role 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.
- Admin Support 1-2 hours per week.
- HR Director Board meetings advice and support the committee.