Funding lets Hinge focus on youngsters

The Hinge Centre'21 Field Road'Official Opening'PA0837-16b'Martin Crossland Development Manager
The Hinge Centre'21 Field Road'Official Opening'PA0837-16b'Martin Crossland Development Manager

A BRIDLINGTON community resource have described being awarded funding to continue to help youngsters on a local estate as “the icing on the cake”.

The Hinge Centre, on Field Road were awarded £57,994 from BBC Children in Need to provide play, education and community based activities for kids living on the Havenfield estate.

The three year funding will see the charity employ a youth engagement worker who will be able to dedicate their time coming up with new activities for children, consult and engage with them, and address issues such as social isolation and anti-social behaviour.

Martin Crossland, strategic development manager for the Hinge, said: “This has been an exciting but challenging year for the Hinge.

“With national and regional cut backs in funding and the current economic climate, securing funding to develop new services in Bridlington has been extremely difficult.

“However, it has been a great year for us, having secured funding to support youth homelessness, create new community based projects and now finally being able to do something to support the kids living on the estate.”

This good news comes after the charity secured more than £400,000 in lottery funding to secure its future for the next four years.

“This new funding from BBC Children in Need could not have come at a better time.

“Having received a small pot of funding from East Riding Council earlier this year we have been able to provide one weekly session held at the sports hall on the estate for after school play activities.

“We have also held arts and crafts and cookery sessions at Havenfield Community Centre which is a project of the Hinge during the half term and summer holidays.”

The charity will now go from providing one weekly session at the sports hall during term time, to five, while more events can also now be planned for children out of term time.

A Hallowe’en party was held last Wednesday and with 25 kids turning up for a fancy dress competition, along with apple bobbing, pass the parcel, musical statues and create a mummy.

Party food and refreshments were also provided by Tesco on Station Road Bridlington as well as prizes for the best dressed Hallowe’en costume.

Martin Crossland added: “I would like to personally thank Anna-Marie Jenkinson who is the Bridlington Community Champion for Tesco and Tesco for their generosity in providing all we needed to make the party such a success.

“The kids absolutely loved it. The feedback we got from them was that they all had a great time and would like to have more things done for them.

“It was also rewarding to find out the day after that there was not one single reported incident on the estate that evening to the police bearing in mind that some of the kids attending have a bad reputation and are constantly in trouble.

“The climax of the year will be taking 40 kids to see the Christmas panto at the Spa Theatre in December as a joint venture between the Hinge Centre and West Hill Community Centre.

“Many of the kids have never been to see a panto let alone go to the Spa Theatre.

“It’s our way of saying we take the views and interests of the kids we work with seriously and want to be able to do more for them and make a difference to their lives.

“The funding from BBC Children in Need now finally allows us to do that. It is the icing on the cake.”