IvybridgeLink has a long history of working in close partnership with a wide range of local statutory, voluntary and community organisations in order to provide a full range of activities and services to local residents.
We believe that our willingness and ability to engage with partners is a major strength: making us cost effective but keeps us closely connected to the needs of the community.
All Souls Church
All Souls Ivybridge, part of the All Souls Parish headed up by Rev Richard Frank, has developed projects in partnership with the Bridgelink Centre to support local residents who are experiencing financial crisis and isolation, as well as assist the Community Centre in its efforts to develop a positive sense of community on the estate. Ongoing projects that All Souls support include the Foodbank, the Mixing Pot and cafe drop ins.
Children in Need
We are extremely grateful to BBC Children in Need for funding our youth programme. This includes Stay & Play, Homework Club, Youth Clubs, Trips out, Sport, Dance and Cookery sessions. The aims of the project are to keep children safe, to encourage cross-cultural understanding and to promote healthy lifestyles.
We have worked with Hounslow Council on a wide range of projects over many years and are particularly grateful for the support from the Community Partnerships team for advice and support. The council currently fund the Saturday 505 Club for 5-11 year olds and a drop-in housing and benefit advice, a service which greatly benefits families facing financial problems.
Hounslow Community Mental Health Resource Service offers person-centred support to residents of the borough with mental health needs or low levels of emotional wellbeing. We focus on helping people to gain the skills and confidence they need to realise their hopes and aspirations. We achieve this by delivering a wide range of our own groups and activities, across a broad spectrum of subjects, as well as supporting clients to access courses, services and amenities in the local community. Currently we have over 50 clients a week attending our arts and crafts groups, our relaxation sessions and our employment support project.
We are delighted to host Dolphins Childcare, who run a daily 22-place nursery at the centre, offering a friendly and caring learning environment for children aged 2-5 years old.
Our Barn Community
Our Barn Community is intended as a ‘bridge’ between formal education and adult life for young people with learning difficulties, autism or other disability. It is a meeting place for 16 to 35 year-olds to share their experiences and to grow and develop in a setting that is less formal than school or college but still provides structure and support.
We run activities that are fun and focus on our members’ interests to help them develop and grow as individuals and in a group. The young people may undergo training for employment or work to enhance life skills. We also deliver a drop-in service for unpaid carers role or claims Carers Allowance. We aim to focus on the emotional needs of the carer and practical support to access local services and disability-related benefits.
We are always developing new provisions such as supper club, film club, buddy bicycles and multi-sports.
Our aim is to develop a service that young people and their carers/families are keen to use, with high quality and energetic staff keeping activities safe, engaging and age-appropriate.
Brentford FC Community Sports Trust
With our community work spanning more than three decades, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust has established itself as a pioneering organisation for the local community. It uses the power of sport to educate, motivate and inspire people from all backgrounds. Working in partnership with Brentford FC, the Trust offers a portfolio of programmes in education, employability, sports participation, health and community engagement.