Spotlight: The Bridge Project, Sudbury
The Bridge Project is a unique, creative social enterprise located in the centre of Sudbury, set up in 1995 as a local charity that assists adults with learning disabilities within the community. Mackman has proudly supported the Bridge Project since 2006, helping them grow and evolve their offering through the delivery of a wide range of marketing support on a pro bono basis.
A place for the community
With an ethos of working together to bring people together, The Bridge Project provides a wide range of social activities and services. Their social events include a Film Club where visitors can enjoy a cooked meal followed by a movie within the same venue. This is accompanied by a cosy lunch club and group activities including social gardening and the opportunity to get creative with pottery and ceramics.
The Bridge is also capable of catering for a variety of events including a buffet menu and the asset of a pop-up café for mobile event catering. They have a number of function rooms available for hire along with a variety of resources including a laptop compatible projector, blackout blinds, and in-room catering equipment for beverages. The Bridge also cater for children’s parties, with painting and pottery resources at their disposal as well as café and pavilion areas.
The support The Bridge Project provides those in the community with dementia, additional learning needs and mental health challenges is wide-ranging - find out about some of the services that they offer.
Their ‘Decaf’ free drop-in groups offer essential support to those living with dementia and their carers. The aim of Decaf is to offer the opportunity for those affected with dementia to meet others in a similar situation and socialise. They do this through the organisation of mentally stimulating games such as musical bingo which have been proven to slow the progression of the condition. However, above all Decaf is a safe space where visitors can have fun, relax and have a good time.
The Bridge Project's day sessions provide a service for adults with learning disabilities, where they have the opportunity to develop new skills, confidence and make friends through a range of educational activities. The Bridge Project utilise every area of their expertise to assist students' development. From their café, students can gain skills in catering and service, and from their art room, students can get in touch with their creative side. The Bridge Project also offers support for life and employment skills where students can develop skills in IT and independent living along with more active living activities such as gardening, drama and yoga, to name a few.
In addition to all this, The Bridge Project also supports people with mental health conditions, providing a safe, relaxed environment where visitors have the opportunity to take part in informal conversation.
Response to COVID-19
One area in which The Bridge Project has particularly focused on during the last 18 months is their hot lunch deliveries. They offer everything from hearty hot cooked meals to a selection of lighter snacks. Their ability to deliver hot meals to local residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been a saving grace for many in the local community during a time when vulnerable people’s ability to leave their homes has been dramatically limited.
This service has been of particular value to those who have found it impossible to complete their weekly shop such as those who have been recovering from illness, injury or surgery.
A place to reconnect
As lockdown has eased, The Bridge Project has been able to resume service as usual within public-facing areas such as their café. This has enabled the community to get together by making available a place to have lunch with friends or indulge in a helping of tea and cake while reconnecting with loved ones, all in benefit of a fantastic cause.
Our story with The Bridge Project began in 2006, where shortly after our relocation to Sudbury we conducted a marketing project for them at a discounted rate. Shortly after this service, our Managing Director and co-founder Paul Mackman was invited to join their board of trustees. We have provided The Bridge Project with regular marketing support and advice on a pro-bono basis ever since. We continue to provide them with marketing, digital and PR support as they facilitate their exciting relocation to AFC Sudbury and partnership with St Peter's in the heart of the town.
The Bridge Project provides an invaluable service to the local community around Sudbury. We are immensely proud to have been a part of their journey and look forward to continuing our support of this great local cause.