Support our Future: Prout Bridge Project for 2024

by [email protected] in Beaminster, Dorset, United Kingdom

Total raised £27,171

raised so far

+ est. £3121.75 Gift Aid

301

supporters

The Prout Bridge Project urgently needs your support to keep offering essential youth, community & mental health services in West Dorset

by [email protected] in Beaminster, Dorset, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 20th December 2023 we'd raised £21,073 with 283 supporters in 21 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

We have hit our £20k target! 

We can't quite believe it - we are all a bit overwhelmed and so very relieved and grateful! Thank you so much to each and every one of you. 

From all of us at the Prout Bridge Project please know that we will continue to work tirelessly to make sure every single pound that you have all donated will be put to good use supporting our community in West Dorset. 

We've now added a stretch target because the job's not done yet. Any additional funding means we can keep the Prout Bridge Project charity open for longer - it will all be spent on running essential services into 2024. 

We keep all our running costs as low as possible, relying on many hours of generously-given volunteer time and lots of in-kind donations. Despite this our running costs are just over £100k a year and we need to fundraise for all of that.

Hitting our £20k target has given us the breathing space we need to apply for more grants and fundraise for the months ahead. There's still lots of work to do, and every extra pound donated helps us to support more people for longer.

Thank you so much to each and every one of you!


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*A VITAL PILLAR AT THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY* 

In the heart of Beaminster lies a beacon of hope and support.

The Prout Bridge Project is a local cornerstone charity, nurturing the physical, mental and emotional well-being of children, young people and adults

Multiple essential services are housed under one roof in a welcoming community centre, used by hundreds of people every week, including:

  • Safe and supportive youth clubs where our young people can thrive, in sports, music, art, outdoor and other activities. Physical activities on offer include football, hockey, basketball, rounders, badminton, tennis, table tennis, scooters, skateboarding, running and games. We also have a youth band - the Phoenix.
  • Experienced youth worker mental health support in schools and one-to-one sessions for young people who are struggling + outreach in the town, skatepark and surrounding villages
  • A free adult counselling service for anyone over 16 that people can turn to in crisis and time of need
  • A community hub, bringing people together in local social, sports and craft groups + a baby and parent group, providing a safe warm space, and giving easy access to the Food Bank, Citizens Advice, Read Easy adult literacy and the Clothes Bank 4 Ukraine.

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*IN NEED OF SUPPORT*

This well-run and highly-respected charity receives no ongoing Dorset or Town Council funding and has to fundraise tirelessly to keep going via grants and donations. We run a lean operation underpinned by volunteer involvement, but it still costs around £100k a year to run Prout Bridge for our local area.

With rising costs and fewer grants available, especially to small, rural charities, it's getting ever harder to keep the doors open. We're not alone - 85% of charities say this winter will be as tough, or tougher, than the last (NCVO). Despite costs climbing and funding falling, demand for our services is increasing.

Although we have secured some 2024 grant funding already, we still face a significant funding gap for the next year. We are sadly having to plan towards revising our services and cutting back if we can't secure immediate financial assistance.

The consequences would go beyond the loss of services and would have a devastating impact on the fabric of our community. Young people use the Prout Bridge Project as a trusted source of guidance and support, a place where they take part, learn, grow and be understood. People of all ages use the Prout Bridge Project as an accessible space to come together to connect and a route to practical help at times of crisis

For many in our community travelling elsewhere or taking part in other activities is not affordable. Other services have been cut back to almost nothing and waiting lists are impossibly long. This really is an irreplaceable provision, building community resilience in tough times. It is no overstatement to say that the Prout Bridge Project has saved lives. We cannot lose it now, in a cost-of-living and mental health crisis when people need it more than ever.

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*PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CHARITY*

Please join us in our determination to keep the Prout Bridge Project going and help sustain our future

We need your donations and sponsorship now. 

We need to raise at least £20,000 before Christmas. This would give us the breathing space to apply for more grants and sponsorship to bridge the funding gap and keep services running through 2024.

We've been here before and we made it through then with the support of our wonderful community. We know you are there, and that you will step up to the challenge.

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*HOW WE'LL USE THE MONEY WE RAISE*

All the money we raise through this Crowdfunder campaign will go directly to the running costs of the charity -- paying for our experienced and committed staff, running the community building and outreach and supporting the other services, clubs and activities on offer

We are hoping to raise enough money to cover at least 2 months of running costs. This will allow us to continue to offer our full youth community and mental health provision, as well as giving us more time to fundraise and secure grant funding to the end of 2024 and beyond.

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* WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP *

If you are fortunate enough to be in a position that you can afford to give this Christmas time, please, support your local charity and donate what you can now to our December appeal

All we ask is that you give what you can. If we all give a bit, we can achieve a lot. Every pound will be spent delivering these services, and every pound counts!

There are 3 ways you can give:

  • You can simply donate any amount you choose
  • You can choose a reward in return for your pledge -- we've got some great gifts, goodies and vouchers thanks to the generosity of our local businesses
  • You can become a Friend (£30+), Champion (£100+), Partner or Business Partner (£250+), Patron or Business Patron (£1000+) or Major Corporate Sponsor (£2500) - you can find these options in the rewards

And whatever you do, please spread the word, share this page with people you know, tell them about the Prout Bridge Project and why it matters to you and encourage them to support us too!

*THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY.*

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Our service users say:

  • "The Prout Bridge Project has been a life saver by supporting us through challenging mental health issues caused by trauma. I've been incredibly impressed by the variety of services they offer - and which has been impossible to get elsewhere. Thank you."
  • "They helped a lot because now I know how to deal with anxiety"
  • "It's a happy and fun social place."
  • "To say I would not be here today without the help from the counselling I had would be an understatement."
  • "It's fun and a reason to come out and do something."
  • "I feel safe and comfortable at the youth club."
  • "I think it is an amazing service - would 100% recommend."
  • "They helped me a lot, made me realise I am able to talk to someone about how I feel."
  • "It's warm."
  • "I would be sat at home doing nothing if I didn't come to youth club."
  • "I volunteer because it teaches me to work out money and socialise, and this helps my anxiety."
  • "I like to make new friends."

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Rewards

This project offered rewards

£100 or more

CHAMPION OF PROUT BRIDGE

You will be a Champion Supporter of the Prout Bridge Project. If you wish your name will be added to our supporters' wall. You will also get a personalised thank you and our regular newsletter. £100 pays for the Prout Bridge Project to offer a youth club, community group or counselling session.

£5 or more

Prout Bridge Fan Pack

A Prout Bridge Project wristband, or a Prout Bridge logo bug and a little surprise to thank you for your donation

£25 or more

Child's riding lesson at Bowden's Riding School

A child's riding lesson at Bowdens Riding School, Balham Hill Farm, Chiselborough https://www.bowdensridingschool.co.uk/

£30 or more

FRIEND OF PROUT BRIDGE

You will be a Friend of the Prout Bridge Project and receive our regular newsletter. £30 pays for a youth worker to be in the town for an evening doing outreach work, supporting our young people and community.

£40 or more

Cricket coaching for up to 4 young people

An hour of cricket coaching in the Prout Bridge Centre hall with the Beaminster 1st Team Captain / Coach. Exclusive to the Prout Bridge Project crowdfunder! https://beaminster.play-cricket.com/home

£250 or more

PARTNER or BUSINESS PARTNER OF PROUT BRIDGE

You will be a Partner of the Prout Bridge Project. If you wish, your name, or your business's name, will be added to our supporters wall and website. You will get an invitation to a supporter's thank-you event and our regular newsletter. £250 pays for the Prout Bridge Project to offer 5 one-to-one mental health support sessions for a young person at a time of need.

£1,000 or more

PATRON or BUSINESS PATRON OF PROUT BRIDGE

You will be a patron of the Prout Bridge Project. If you wish, your name or that of your business will be added to our supporters' wall and website. You will get an invitation to a supporters' event and our regular newsletter. £1000 pays for 3 part-time youth support workers to run regular art, music and sports activities for a month.

£2,500 or more

MAJOR CORPORATE SPONSOR

Major corporate sponsors partner with us over one or more years, donating from £2,500 p/a. Your investment can make all the difference to people in our rural area, whilst also supporting your goals. All major corporate partners will feature prominently on our website, in marketing materials and at events. Please call Vikki on 07817 861028 if you'd like to talk about becoming a Major Corporate Sponsor, or donate here and we will follow up with you

£5 or more

Swim Voucher - Bridport Leisure Centre + Wristband

A swim voucher for Bridport Leisure Centre and a Prout Bridge Project wristband. https://www.bridportleisure.com/

£8 or more

7-day access pass - Bridport Leisure Centre

One 7 Day Pass for access to all facilities at Bridport Leisure Centre. RRP £10.50. https://www.bridportleisure.com/

£10 or more

Prout Bridge Art and Craft gift pack

Get a taste of the Prout Bridge Project crafty activities at home with a pack of mixed materials

£10 or more

£10 to spend on yummy Wobbly Cottage bakery goods

Our friends at Wobbly Cottage make the most delicious bread, cakes, sandwiches and coffees - perfect to treat you or a friend. http://www.thewobblycottage.co.uk/

£10 or more

Little Groves garden centre voucher

£10 to spend at Little Groves on something for your garden... https://www.grovesnurseries.co.uk/little-groves

£10 or more

Clipper Tea and biscuits

Two packs of Clipper tea and some biscuits to enjoy. https://www.clipper-teas.com/

£10 or more

Family swim voucher for Crewkerne Aqua Centre

A voucher to go for a family swim at the Aqua Centre in Crewkerne: https://aquacentre.co.uk/

£15 or more

Little Groves planted festive patio pot

A beautiful festive planter made for you by Little Groves garden centre. RRP £20. https://www.grovesnurseries.co.uk/little-groves

£20 or more

A meal at the Greyhound

Kindly donated by our friends at the Greyhound - a meal for up to £20. http://www.greyhoundbeaminster.com/

£20 or more

2 pizzas at the White Hart in Crewkerne

Have a yummy pizza with a friend at the White Hart in Crewkerne https://www.whitehartcrewkerne.co.uk/

£25 or more

Social media consultancy

An hour consultation with a successful local social media influencer to help you grow your following across social media platforms. https:/youtube.com/chaleryt

£30 or more

Month gym or swim pass - Bridport Leisure Centre

One Month’s Gym or Swim Membership (you can choose). RRP £33.50. https://www.bridportleisure.com/

£40 or more

Lunch for two at Cilla & Camilla

Treat yourself and a friend to lunch for two with a drink each at the wonderful Cilla & Camilla cafe. https://www.cillaandcamilla.co.uk

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