COVID-19 UPDATE: February 2021

Dear Friends,

The Bridge remains closed for all activities but we are NOW open as a Donations Hub Monday - Friday 12pm - 2pm and Saturday 10am-11am (see below for details)

Please donate if you can and help support the community during these incredibly tough times. 

We are also open for limited PRIVATE PLAY SESSIONS for families with SEND. Please see information below. 

We will continue to update in line with Government guidelines. 

Best wishes,

Lucie, Ruth  & The Bridge Team xxx

 

Supporting Families Through Lockdown

Donations Hub

Monday - Friday 12pm - 2pm & Saturday 10am-11am

We are officially partnered with:

  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich,
  • MumsAid
  • HER Centre
  • GRACE
  • Clockhouse Community Centre

We have been asked to collect:

  • long life food
  •  store cupboard essentials
  •  toiletries (including shower gels, moisturisers, toothbrushes, toothpaste)
  • individually wrapped snacks, treats, cordials, teas, coffee
  • nappies, baby essentials (nappy sacks, formula, baby food jars
  • brand new underwear and socks for adults and children (not babies)
  • sanitary products.

Please donate if you can and help support the community during these incredibly tough times. 

Donations Hub
Bookable Outdoor SEN Play Sessions

Private Outdoor SEND Play Sessions (0-8yrs)

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.

Session times (during lockdown):
Tuesday 2pm – 3pm
Wednesday 11am – 12pm
Saturday 11 am – 12pm and 2.30pm - 3.30pm

These are available until 27th March 2021. 

These times may change in line with Government announcements.

Pilates by Beth

Pilates by Beth is OPEN! (live online mat class)

Thursdays 4.30-5.10pm

While we hope to return to The Bridge Community Centre in real life after Easter, 2021,  for this term, we are hosting 40-minute Mat Pilates classes on ZOOM from the comfort of your own home!

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

Classes planned for 2021 **CURRENTLY CLOSED**

With a few tweeks to the way these sessions run, we will  continue to provide a unique safe place for under5s and their grown ups as soon as we can..

Bookings pages will be available once we are able to run the sessions again.

Baby Group

Baby Group

Mondays

Becoming a parent is emotional and exhausting at the best of times, let alone during a time when all the usual support is unavailable. Some parents will be feeling isolated and we want to help combat this. We will be running an indoor Baby Group for those with young - or new - babies so that parent/carers can meet people and share experiences (maximum of 5 adult participants). 

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.

Outdoor Adventurers

Lucie's Outdoor Adventurers

Tuesdays

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

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.

Eve's Outdoor Crew

Eve's Outdoor Crew

Thursdays

Join us for more outside adventures and let your little one climb, run, scoot and explore our playground and green space. 

This is outdoor only get the wellies and waterproofs out!

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



Pilates by Beth

Pilates by Beth

Thursdays

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

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 December 2020, 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

Our fantastic pre school football programme introduces basic skills through fun games and activities, which are designed to accommodate the requirements of social distancing, therefore we will not be able to have contact as part of the sessions for the time being. 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 are able to fully take part in all activities to 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.

Lucys Outdoor Weekender

Lucy's Outdoor Weekender

Saturdays

Join Lucy for some weekend playtime.

Bring a hot drink from home or  Pistachio's Cafe next to The Bridge to keep yourself warm whilst your little one explores the new playground, whizzes around in our ride on cars and scooters and journeys through the trees.

This is an all weather playgroup so get the waterproofs and wellies out!

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-in's at this time.

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 Mondays to Thursday and 12.50-6pm on Fridays during term time.  Breakfast club, held at The Bridge, is open 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

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

Returning in 2021 - Watch this space!

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.

 

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

Brand New Playground NOW OPEN!

Whilst we’ve been closed over the Summer, we were awarded over £38,000 from the Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund 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