The Prout Bridge Project is a small youth and community charity that makes a big difference by delivering services for people of all ages in rural West Dorset.
The Prout Bridge Project exists to provide opportunities for people of all ages in West Dorset to come together socially, participate in our community, make friends and support each other. We provide:
- Youth clubs and youth work (age 8-18)
- Mental health support and a free counselling service (age 16+)
- Sports, art, music and community activities for all ages
- Access to information, support and other services including the Food Bank, Citizens Advice and the Space Youth Project (a safe space for Dorset’s LGBQT+ young people).
The arrival of Gilbert
Following a successful Crowdfunder campaign earlier in 2021, the Prout Bridge Project went mobile over the summer with the launch of a new outreach programme. Thanks to the generosity of all who gave money and rewards to the campaign, and to the time and support of many more, we were able to buy and kit out an outreach
vehicle. The van is affectionately known as Gilbert, named after the late founder of the charity Gil Streets. It means that vital youth and community work can take place in local villages and at the new Beaminster skatepark.
The campaign was backed by Dorset Council, Comic Relief, Sport England’s Return to Play, Power to Change Community Business and the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership. We’d also like to mention a special thanks to Mayfair, Multiform, the Ollerod and Tangerine, along with all our local community business partners and patrons. Their valued support and input into the charity has helped us get to where we are today.
Paula Tuff, Manager, said “We are all so grateful to everyone who has supported us. We feel as through we achieved the impossible, and can now take our services out and about to isolated areas.”
Beaminster Community Centre
The charity has also just reopened the Prout Bridge Youth and Community Centre in Beaminster, which has been closed because of Covid, and has launched a new Autumn programme of activities.
Proudly sponsored by Ward Goodman