A BRIDLINGTON social enterprise will continue to help vulnerable people in the town for the next four years after being awarded more than £400,000 in funding.
The Hinge Centre, on Field Road, has been awarded £409,664 from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities fund, which will help it continue its work supporting the needy in Bridlington.
Martin Crossland, strategic development manager at the Hinge Centre, which also has a base in Goole, said: “It is fantastic news that we have secured funding for a further four years, and that we will be able to deliver community based projects in Bridlington.”
The centre opened in Bridlington in 2008 and has since supported some of the most socially isolated people in the area.
The new funding will now help staff at the Hinge offer advice and guidance to close to 1,500 people over the next four years, with a range of problems including benefits, employability, personal development training, volunteering and independent living skills.
“It has been an eventful year for the Hinge Charity. After acquiring the next door premises on Field Road, its full refurbishment and launching Havenfield Community Centre early this year we now have a direct facility that will support the residents and young people living on the Havenfield estate and this funding means that we can deliver services from this building on a much larger scale,” Mr Crossland added.
“The funding is the icing on the cake for us. It is the highest amount of lottery funding that any voluntary sector group has received in Bridlington and it will now allow us to roll out more community-based projects, sessions and support to residents and young people. We have waited for more than two years to get to this point and although we have been able to deliver some services, it has until now been on a very small scale.”
The funding will allow the Hinge Centre to further develop direct support services which will promote community cohesion, support adults with day-to-day problems and engage young people.
Mr Crossland continued: “We have undertaken a great deal of research and have consulted with both the communities of Bridlington and Goole, we know that this funding will allow us to support those most in need and have a considerable impact.
“Initial projects that will be delivered will include an adult social group, art therapy, play activities for young people, community surgeries, community events, independent living skills and support with benefits, training, volunteering and employment to name a few.”
The Hinge recently launched its Nightstop program, which offers accomodation and support for crisis-hit youngsters aged between 16 and 24, who find themselves homeless.
Mr Crossland added: “Without the funding we have received from the Big Lottery Fund we would not be able to support such a diverse range of individuals within both communities in order to improve their day to day lives.
“Among those things that we can address are anti-social behaviour and reducing crime by providing key facilities and projects, in a safe, secure environment to young people living within the Bridlington area.”