Bridging the winter gap

A Bridgnorth youth centre ran a series of successful events to engage local young people over summer – and they’re planning to keep up the good work over the winter. The Bridge’s assistant manager Lucy Southcombe explains, “The aim of Summer Nights was and is to make a difference with young people in the first two weeks of the summer holiday. This year we had body zorbs, laser tag, wide games, ultimate frisbee, football and a big ‘slip and slide’ on Crown Meadow. This was a free series of events supported by Star Housing and Bridgnorth Town Council, serving around 440 young people over the six nights.

“During Summer Nights, we were aiming to curb the effects of alcohol consumption with free food. We were also hoping to increase positive activity engagement by bringing exceptional experiences that young people are keen to participate in.”

The group has relaunched its Friday night drop-in at the Bridge, offering social gaming and physical activity spaces for young people to enjoy together in a safe environment – especially as the nights draw in and the temperature drops.

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