Keep Bridport Youth and Community Centre Open 2024

Total raised £9,815

 
Gift Aid
+ est. £1641.75
£20,000 target 10 days left
49% 141 supporters

Help us keep our youth and community centre open. We need to raise £20,000 to allow us to continue serving our community.

Help Us Keep Our Youth and Community Centre Open

We need to raise £20,000 to allow us to continue serving our community.

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WHY IS THE CENTRE CROWDFUNDING?

Since the centre re-opened in 2016 grants from official bodies and other funders have either remained the same or have been cut.  Meanwhile costs have risen steadily and despite strenuous efforts to reduce costs, attract donations and host many fundraising events, there is a significant shortfall in the income needed to keep the centre going and put it on a secure financial footing for the future.  At the current level of funding the centre will close by the end of the year.

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WHY IT MATTERS

The centre is the home to many youth and community groups, offering activities to promote community inclusion and reduce social isolation, particularly for those under 21 and over 55.  If the centre closes these groups and activities will need to find a new home or even cease to exist:

  • Junior Youth Club (with hot meal)
  • Senior Youth Club (with hot meal)
  • Boxing Club
  • Parent and Toddler Group
  • Bridport Bandits (youth motorsport)
  • SupaStrikers football
  • Martial arts
  • Table tennis
  • Men wellness group
  • U3a classes
  • Steel band
  • B Sharp
  • Musical theatre
  • Dorset Red choir
  • Mountjoy School (life skills classes for children with learning disabilities)
  • ASCape club for autistic youth & teens
  • Space youth project (support for LGBT+, up to age 25)
  • Health and well-being, including diabetes prevention and C-Card
  • Cupboard Love food bank
  • Age UK CST sessions

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DID YOU KNOW?

Our trained youth workers also engage with young people out and about in the local area, promoting their safety and encouraging their involvement in the youth club. Recognizing that youth club attendance may not be for everyone, this outreach work plays a crucial role in keeping young people safe on the streets while making them aware of available support. The program has effectively increased youth club attendance, with over 80 young people transitioning from the streets to the club. It operates on Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 pm to 9 pm, patrolling popular gathering areas and ensuring that young people have a positive and safe experience, along with staying informed about opportunities for them in Bridport.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST....

These facilities will be lost:

  • Sports hall / large hall
  • Sound recording studio
  • Music room
  • Storage area for the Cupboard Love food bank
  • Storage areas for the boxing club, steel band, parent and toddler group
  • Meeting spaces with kitchen and cooking facilities

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 This is why it’s important to the community to keep the centre open.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

This is the largest campaign we have ever launched and we are asking for your help.

The money raised will help pay for the activities offered in our youth clubs and other core costs such as cleaning, energy and repair bills.  It will also help maintain the centre for the 600+ visits each week. 

Any donation is welcome, however small!

Please help keep our community centre open for the community and share this as widely as you can.

Thank you from us all. 

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

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Help us stock our tuck shop and get a Ty Beanie

Help us stock our youth club tuck shop and we’ll give you a great big thank you on our Facebook wall for supporting our campaign plus you can have your pick of a Ty Beanie Baby or Ty Teddy kindly donated by J J Wilson Shops Ltd of West Bay. First come first served!

£6 or more

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Help us provide 2 meals and you get a coffee

For just £6, you can provide two hot meals at a youth club session for members of our youth club. As a thank you, enjoy a complimentary coffee at The Ropemakers in Bridport http://theropemakers.com/ It's a win-win! We'll email you with details on how to collect your reward after our project closes.

£10 or more

Upgrade our sports facilities and you get a swim!

Help us to upgrade our sports facilities with new sports equipment including table tennis paddles and badminton rackets and as a thank you, you’ll get one adult swim as kindly donated by Bridport Leisure Centre.

£10 or more

Join the wall of supporters

Have your name permanently added to our wall of supporters within the building and be remembered forever as someone who helped to save the centre. What a hero!

£15 or more

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Help us get crafty and you get a tote bag!

A donation of £15 can pay for the materials for an arts and crafts session for the youth club members and as a thank you, you’ll receive an ​​exclusive tote bag designed and painted by our junior youth club members. Variety of designs available! We'll email you with details on how to collect your reward after our project closes.

£20 or more

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Help us provide 5 meals and get a pizza discount

A donation of £20 will provide food for 5 of our members at a senior session and as a big thank you, you’ll receive a 10% off voucher on your next pizza at Mercato Italiano, Bridport. https://mercatoitaliano.uk/ Yum! We'll email you with details on how to collect your reward after our project closes.

£25 or more

Upgrade our facilities and you get a family swim

Help us to upgrade our sports facilities with new sports equipment including a basket ball hoop and tennis rackets and as a big thank you, you’ll get a family swim (2 adults and 4 children) worth £14 as kindly donated by Bridport Leisure Centre. https://www.bridportleisure.com/ We'll email you with details on how to collect your reward after our project closes.

£30 or more

Pay for bicycle spares and get a meal discount

A donation of £30 will buy bearings, brake pads, spanners, spoke keys for our new bicycle workshop project and as a big thank you, you’ll receive 10% off a meal and drinks for up to 6 people at the Bull Hotel, Bridport https://www.thebullhotel.co.uk/ We’ll email you with details on how to collect your reward after our project closes

£40 or more

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Help us provide 10 meals and get a sauna discount

A donation of £40 will provide food for 10 of our members at a senior session and as a big thank you, you’ll get £10 off a one hour private hire as kindly donated by Seaside Sauna House https://www.seasidesaunahaus.co.uk/

£50 or more

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Buy us new goal posts and get a fitness pass

Help us buy new football goals for the junior youth club session and in return you’ll get a 7 day fitness pass to the gym and swimming pool worth £31.50 as kindly donated by Bridport Leisure Centre https://www.bridportleisure.com/ We'll email you with details on how to collect your reward after our project closes.

£75 or more

Pay for an artist session and get a fitness pass

Help us pay for an artist workshop session for our youth club members and in return you’ll get a 14 day fitness pass to the gym and swimming pool worth £52.50 as kindly donated by Bridport Leisure Centre https://www.bridportleisure.com/ We'll email you with details on how to collect your reward after our projects closes.

£1,000 or more

Become a Lifetime Patron

As a patron of BYCC you’ll become a lifelong supporter. We’ll add your business to our website and your logo to our patron’s wall of supporters which will be displayed prominently in our foyer. And as a big thank you, you’ll also receive a 25% discount on a one day hire of any space in the centre.

£5 or more

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Get a Ty Beanie Baby!

We’ll give you a great big thank you on our Facebook wall for supporting our campaign and you can have your pick of a Ty Beanie Baby or Ty Teddy kindly donated by J J Wilson Shops Ltd of West Bay. First come first serve!

£6 or more

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Coffee For Our Cause

For just £6, you can provide two hot meals at a youth club session for members of our youth club. As a thank you, enjoy a complimentary coffee at The Ropemakers in Bridport. It's a win-win! We'll email you with details on how to collect your reward after our project closes.

£40 or more

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Help us provide 10 meals for our senior sessions

A donation of £40 will provide food for 10 of our members at a senior session and as a big thank you, you’ll get £10 off a one hour private hire as kindly donated by Seaside Sauna House.

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