Find out what previous volunteers have gained from giving their time to the Bridge
“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
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 email@example.com. 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
Please get further details from firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition if you would like to join our mailing list to find out about special events and news from the centre please email email@example.com
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.