Bridge for Heroes charity opens new activity centre in North Lynn
A new activity centre, based in the Nelson House Business Centre, located on the North Lynn Industrial Park will be the premises for the Bridge for Heroes Armed Forces Charity.
Known as the Nelson activity centre it has been designed to accommodate a wide range of indoor activities, including art classes, photography, cyber security, bicycle maintenance and woodwork, to name but a few, with other fun activities also available such as movies and games.
The Bridge for Heroes, which has its main drop-in centre in South Clough Lane and where it remains, was started over 10 years ago by Mike and Helen Taylor, who were both made MBEs in this year’s Queens Birthday Honours list for their amazing work in supporting the Armed Forces community and families’ members in need of help.
Supported by a group of dedicated volunteers, who were also awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services in 2020, Mike Taylor, the charity’s chief executive, said: “The Nelson activity centre is a game changer for us in the delivery of activity support to serving personnel, veterans and their families, in addition to the welfare and respite support available at our Bridge Contact Centre located in South Clough Lane.”
The idea of the Nelson activity centre is to enable individuals to get actively involved in learning new skills while socialising with like-minded individuals. Indoor activities on offer are also supplemented by outdoor activities, such as bowling, cinema, archery, shooting, cycling and couch to 5K, all of which are offered free of charge.
Setting up of the centre has been made possible first and foremost the generosity of the building’s owner, together with a group of dedicated staff and volunteers, who have worked tirelessly both in getting the centre fit for purpose but also in delivering the activities.
A grant from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust also provided the necessary funding, without which the activation of the centre would not have been possible.
The Nelson House Activity Centre is open for business now in a Covid secure environment and any member of the UK Armed Forces, Service Veterans and their families are welcome to join in any of the activities on offer.