COVID-19 UPDATE: April 2021

We are BACK!! And we are thrilled!!!

It has been wonderful seeing active children and happy parents enjoying the sunshine this week. 

From 12th April, we are allowed to open up inside sessions but we still think being outside as much as possible is best so here's what we have planned from Monday 19th April:

Monday Indoor Baby Group

Tuesday & Friday Outdoor Stay & Play 

We are also really pleased to welcome back ProInfinity Toddler Football on Saturday mornings and Tiptoes & Tappers Pre-School Ballet on Tuesday mornings.  Links will be added soon so you can book directly. 

Our Homeschooling Group will be back from 5th May. 

**New for 2021**:  Yoga with Kelly - we have a grown ups only OUTDOOR yoga class starting Saturday 24th April 6pm - 7pm and from Saturday 8th May a family yoga session for parents and children to do together. This will take place on a Saturday morning straight after football. More details will follow. 

And don't forget our SEND Inclusive Multi Sports Activities Holiday Camps running 12th-15th April 10am - 11.45am. Please see below for more information.

OUTDOOR ONLY Birthday Parties are allowed from May 17th and we can offer both INDOOR & OUTDOOR parties from June 22nd (we will follow Government guidelines and let you know if anything changes). Our NEW ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM will be ready for action soon. WATCH THIS SPACE!!! 

We take our COVID safety very seriously, all our volunteers have received their first vaccines and we have stringent cleaning processes and social distancing in place. 

We are so pleased to be back in business and can't wait to see more of you soon.

Lucie, Ruth  & The Bridge Team xxx

 

Continuing to Support Families in April 2021

Baby Group

Baby Group

Mondays

10.30-11.30am

Join our Outdoor Adventurers Stay & Play sessions and let your child's imagination run wild!

Sail the high seas on our new play ship, or travel to far flung places on the Bridge Express.

Mind the clickety clack bridge and whizz around the race track in our ride on cars and scooters

Please read our COVID-19 Guidelines on our FAQ's page to learn more about how the sessions will run and the steps we are taking to ensure the sessions are Covid -secure before you book your ticket.  

Pre-booking is essential as we cannot allow drop ins at this time

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Tiptoes & Tappers Pre School Ballet

Tuesdays

9.30-10am

Join Tiptoes & Tappers for fun and friendly pre school dance classes. 

Pre school ballet classes teaches the foundation of ballet using games, props and creative exercises. We create a relaxed environment where children will learn to dance while improving their coordination, enhancing their musicality and growing their self-confidence. 

Teachers hold a minimum level 4 qualification in dance, have DBS checks, safe guarding trading and First aids certificates.

9.30am - 10.00am (Termtime)

Lucie's Outfooe Adventurers

Lucie's Outdoor Adventurers

Tuesdays

10.30-12pm

Join our Outdoor Adventurers Stay & Play sessions and let your child's imagination run wild!

Sail the high seas on our new play ship, or travel to far flung places on the Bridge Express.

Mind the clickety clack bridge and whizz around the race track in our ride on cars and scooters

Please read our COVID-19 Guidelines on our FAQ's page to learn more about how the sessions will run and the steps we are taking to ensure the sessions are Covid -secure before you book your ticket.  

Pre-booking is essential as we cannot allow drop ins at this time

Homeschooling Group

Homeschooling (closed group)

Wednesdays

10am-2pm

A closed term time group for home educating families hosted by local parent volunteers.  We focus on free  play with plenty of options for child-led activities.

If you would like to know more please click the link below.

Pilates by Beth

Pilates by Beth - via Zoom until June

Thursdays

9.30-10.30am

No specific equipment needed, just snug clothes and a smile, and there'll be a session to help you feel lengthened and strengthened for the day ahead.

Ruths Outdoor Explorers

Ruth's Outdoor Explorers

Fridays

10-11.45am

If you have a toddler desperate to move and explore, we can’t wait to welcome you back to ‘Ruth’s Outdoor Explorers’. Over the weeks there will be a mixture of outdoor activities with of course lots of fun to be had in our shiny new playground and opportunities for some gardening and Forest School style action in our open green space. 

During March 20221, access to the Forest School site will be allowed but limited.

Please read our COVID-19 Guidelines on our FAQ's page to learn more about how the sessions will run and the steps we are taking to ensure the sessions are Covid -secure before you book your ticket.  

Pre-booking is essential as we cannot allow drop ins at this time

ProInfinity Toddler Football

ProInfinity Toddler Football

Saturdays

9.30-10am

Our fantastic pre school football programme introduces basic skills through fun games and activities, designed to accommodate the requirements of social distancing. Our programme is led and designed by our own Head Coach who is UEFA B licensed coach, who previously had 5+ years working in professional football.

All children can take part in the activities and help them gain an understanding of the FUNdamentals of football.

Sessions last for 30 minutes to enable maximum enjoyment for the little ones.

Please be confident that we are ensuring government guidance is part of all our lessons.

Private Outdoor SEND Play Sessions

Private Outdoor SEND Play Sessions (0-8yrs)

Saturdays - new sessions will be released soon.

2.30-3.30pm

These bookable play sessions are for families living in Greenwich with special educational needs or a disability – pre and post diagnosis welcome.
In line with current Government guidance, the provision is only for the above mentioned family support bubbles, and is limited to one bubble per session.
The sessions are FREE to book but PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.

Please book at least 24 hours in advance and advise us if you wish to cancel.

Parent/Carer supervision of children required at all times.

Times may change in line with Government announcements.

Yoga with Kelly

Yoga with Kelly

Saturdays

6-7pm Adults Only Class

10:30-11:30 Family Yoga (From 1st May 2021)

New Life Ithcus Church

New Life Ithcus Church

Sundays

10.30-12.30pm

Flying Seagull Project

The Flying Seagull Project

Through April 2021 (School Groups) 

The Flying Seagull Project is back with a new show for Spring 2021 featuring all the fun and silliness the Seagulls are famous for – stories, music, magic and clowning. It has been specially devised with Covid-19 safety in mind, delivering a shared live experience which feels as close to normal as possible. Isobel Wolff (clown name Wolfy), Project Leader at The Flying Seagull Project, said: “It is high time that kids who have been stuck inside for months can finally come together in a safe way to share a much-needed bellyful of laughter. We can’t wait to get back out there and do what we do best, spreading smiles face-to-face.’

This fantastic group will be performing 6 shows at The Bridge.

Click here to find out more about The Flying Seagull Project.

The Holly Tree Club

The Holly Tree Club is a well-established breakfast, after school and holiday club catering for children from Halstow, Millenium, St Mary Magdalene Primary Schools and Steiner School based a The Bridge and at The Bell House (within the grounds of Halstow Primary School).  The club is open 3.30-6pm Monday to Friday during term time.  Breakfast club, held at The Bridge, will hopefully return in September from 7.30am to 8.50am providing breakfast and care to children attending Halstow Primary School.

The Holly Tree Club aims to provide a happy, safe, secure and relaxed environment offering high quality accessible play opportunities for children.

"We believe that play is really important to a child's well being and healthy development as an individual.  We offer children the opportunity to freely choose activities and resources and the range of activities we provide always reflects the interests of the children in our care."

The Holly Tree Club

Hiring The Bridge

Parties

We are 'The Sustainable Party Venue' where every penny you spend with us goes directly to supporting vulnerable families in your community.

In line with current Government Guidelines:

OUTDOOR ONLY PARTIES will be permitted from May 17th

INDOOR AND OUTDOOR PARTIES return from June 22nd.

Our online booking system will open Tuesday 20th April, so please watch this space and do contact us if you would like more information or to ask about availability. 

Corporate Hire

The Bridge is available to hire for local community groups, classes, workshops etc aimed at any age group.  Hourly rates are available for short and long term hire.

Volunteering & Outreach

Volunteering at The Bridge

We have a fabulous team of Volunteers and supporters who help us to run Stay and Play sessions, Events and special activities,  finances and fundraising, who work in so many ways to help our community and support local children and families.  We would love to welcome you on-board.  Click the button below to find out more about volunteering at The Bridge and to sign up to join our Volunteer Family.

Our Outreach Activities & Partners

We work closely with other organisations to help support the vulnerable members of our community.  With a team of wonderful volunteers, we regularly collect food surplus from local supermarkets and our friends and neighbours and distribute to the HER Centre, Clockhouse Community Centre, Robert Owen Nursery and local primary schools.  This food is then distributed to families in the local area who need a bit of extra support.   We also have a close relationship with the QEH Children's Ward and pre-COVID were fortunate enough to host a Christmas party for the children on the ward and their families. We also work with MumsAid and GRACE. 

 

What is The Bridge?

The New Play Boat

We are  a Community Interest Company (CIC), led by volunteers providing safe, engaging sessions, events and activities for local families.  We are an inclusive, welcoming centre passionately committed to supporting our community.

The Bridge was set up in 2012 by a determined group of volunteers to save it from government closure in 2011.  The Bridge is a large, enclosed, secure garden with brand new outside playground,  an indoor play room,  adjoining kitchen and indoor adult and child toilet facilities.

Under the leadership of General Manager, Lucie and Grounds Manager / Director, Ruth, the centre still relies heavily on volunteers for all operational needs from running Stay & Play Sessions to Accounting, Marketing and the Board of Directors.   The Bridge is a thriving hub of the community, working closely with partner organisations to provide support to families when needed, training and opportunities for local people who have taken a career break or need to re-train and acts as a launch pad for local businesses. 

New Climbing framd and slide

New Playground NOW OPEN!

We  were awarded over £38,000 from the Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund in 2020 to replace our old playground equipment with some exciting new play opportunities.  We put a lot of thought in to the options and we hope you love it as much as we do. 

Meet The Team

General Manager, Lucie and Grounds Manager / Director, Ruth are the people you will see most.  They are supported by a team of enthusiastic volunteers for all of the operational needs of the centre. We also have a Board of volunteer Directors who give their time and expertise to keep the wheels turning and ensure we meet all of our community needs.

Lucie (General Manager)

Lucie

General Manager

Ruth (Ground Manager / Director)

Ruth

Grounds Manager / Director