At Colwall Rotary Club Christmas Dinner, President Simon Thompson presented a cheque for £600 to Helen Simpson representing Bridge Education and Development based in Hanley Swan. This follows a gift of £1500 given earlier in the year.
Simon said, “Having visited the Bridge and seen how they help young people who struggle in more formal educational settings it is quite inspiring. Colwall Rotarians are keen to continue supporting the invaluable job that they are doing.”
Bridge Training and Development is an exciting alternative education provision based at Hanley Swan. They are a registered charity and were established in 2007 with the aim of engaging children and young people in learning. It has grown substantially from its beginnings, when it had just five students, and used a borrowed allotment in West Malvern, and accommodation borrowed from the Malvern Hills Outdoor Education Centre. Now it occupies substantially roomier premises at Hanley Workshops, with its own land for raising animals and horticulture.They currently have 120 students aged between 13 and 19, and they are all working towards City and Guilds or other qualifications, in subjects like animal care, horticulture, literacy and numeracy, or ICT. They come from pretty much across South Worcestershire.
The Bridge had its first Ofsted inspection in the summer and were graded outstanding in all areas. It is a welcome endorsement of all the hard work and commitment from the Bridge staff team, who work with such enthusiasm and professionalism to provide the very best learning opportunities for pupils.