Serving the community of Bridgend since 2002.
Serving the community of Bridgend since 2002.

The Bridge Mentoring Plus Scheme was founded in 2002 by three volunteers in response to a need to prevent young people entering the Criminal Justice System. Working closely with the Youth Offending team a small grant enabled the first young people to receive support using trained volunteer mentors at the small rented premises in Nolton Street, Bridgend.

The vision for the Mentoring Scheme further developed with the support of the Bridgend Association of Voluntary organisations and a BBC Children in need grant. With many new referrals coming in from other organisations the need for larger premises, staff training and additional volunteers was identified and further funding sought.

In 2004 the Bridge MPS moved to its new rented premises in Ewenny Road where a Training department was established to deliver accredited training to young people and volunteers. A youth worker was also employed to provide evening activities for mentors and mentees.

In 2009 due to further demand on its services the Bridge MPS moved into its current location in Dunraven Place, Bridgend. Additional training programmes were added and after two years funding was secured to extend services to LGBT+ young people and their families.

In 2012 the Bridge MPS had an opportunity to expand when the ground floor premises became vacant. A successful Big Lottery grant provided funds to renovate and furbish the premises, employ staff and set up services.

Today the Bridge MPS continues to provide a variety of support for the people of Bridgend and looks to an exciting future exploring new opportunities to further meet the community needs.