the hub

Welcome to The Hub!

 

The Hub is the heart of The Bridge Homelessness to Hope and the central point of activity, where we are able to offer a wide range of services and therapeutic sessions to our guests. 

All of the sessions we provide are completely free and accessible to people in the community aged 18 and over.

 

Check out the sessions we are currently running below!

Make a referral

If you are professional and would like to refer someone to one of our Hub sessions, please call us on 0116 2221161. Alternatively, you can email our Hub Coordinator via gemma@bridgeleicester.org

monday

Craft Supplies

Arts & Crafts

11 am - 1.30 pm

The Arts & Crafts Sessions are one of the many ways in which we support our guests with their mental health and wellbeing.

This recreational activity provides a space for our guests to learn new skills, build their confidence and express their thoughts and feelings through the medium of art.

Why not support our guests by becoming a Volunteer at one of our weekly Arts & Crafts Sessions?

Tuesday

ESOL

11 am - 12 pm

Our free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Sessions provide a quiet space and opportunity to support our guests in:

  • Becoming more confident to read, write and speak English

  • Providing vocabulary for everyday tasks such as shopping and travel

  • Specific vocabulary such as that needed for job applications

  • Becoming familiar with the Bridge and all that it offers

  • Trying different foods while learning

  • Learning about other cultures and people that live in Leicester

  • Exploring Leicester through videos and photos

  • Learning to accept the diversity that exists in Leicester

  • Becoming familiar with the British lifestyle

Computer Learning
Therapy session

Mental Health Peer Group

1 pm - 2.00 pm

The Life Links Mental Health Peer Support Group is a safe, accepting and non-judgmental environment for guests to come and talk about their mental health experiences with their peers and a Life Links staff member.

 

The group is facilitated by a trained member of staff who can teach self-help tools and coping strategies for guests to work towards better managing their mental health independently.

If you are a professional and would like to refer someone to our Mental Health Peer Group, please call us on 0116 2221161 or email gemma@bridgeleicester.org

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Thursday

CREATIVE 
WRITING

11 am - 1 pm

Our Creative Writing workshops are led by poet and spoken word artist Cathi Rae.

 

This exciting new session is an incredible opportunity for guests to work with an established artist and will provide a quiet space for guests to:

 

  • Develop their skills in creative writing through subject-specific workshops

  • Create written journals

  • Access 1-2-1 mentoring and support to develop their confidence in creative writing

  • Create pieces of work in collaboration with other creative sessions including Arts and Crafts, Photography and Music.

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Photographer

Photography

11 am - 1.30 pm

Our Photography Sessions have been designed to develop our guests self-confidence, self-expression, and creativity through the medium of digital photography. 

Guests get to enjoy an enriched sensory experience as they explore their immediate and local environments, engage with their wider community, and develop skills in:

  • Working the basic functions of a camera and being able to take photographs independently

  • Considering composition and how it can be used to tell a story

  • Creating a portfolio of work to exhibit at local art galleries

friday

Music

11 am - 2pm

Every Friday our guests and volunteers come together at our weekly Music Sessions.

Here, guests can express their thoughts and emotions through music, learn how to play instruments, enjoy playing collectively, and use the skills learnt during the sessions to build their confidence.

The Music Session is split into two halves:

11 am - 12 pm: Music Tuition 

12.30pm - 2 pm: Recording Project 

If you are interested in taking part in either of the Music Sessions, please get in touch with us via 0116 222 1161 or email our Hub Coordinator via gemma@bridgeleicester.org

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sATURday

Soccer Cleats

Football

10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Our Football sessions provide an opportunity for guests to improve their physical and mental health, social relationships and overall quality of life through sport.

 

In making activities accessible to our guests, hope to debunk the myth that people experiencing homelessness aren’t interested in or can’t do sporting activities, or that people don’t care about the state of their own health.

 

Session Information

Location: Cruyff Court, Willow Street, Leicester LE1 2HR.

Available to both men and women aged 18 and over.

All abilities welcome.

If you are interested in hosting a Sport or Health activity at The Bridge please, get in touch with us via

0116 222 1161 or email gemma@bridgeleicester.org

starting soon!

Gardening

Starting: Spring 2022

The Urban Gardening Workshops will take place at The Bridge in our outside courtyard space which, over the coming year, will be developed into an Urban Garden. During our workshops, guests will learn how to:

  • Grow plants, flowers, fruit, vegetables, and herbs from seed 

  • Look after and nurture plants

  • Use the food they have grown

  • Develop an Urban Garden at The Bridge

 

As the project progresses, we will also be looking to host workshops at local allotment spaces. 

 

Gardening
Cooking Class

Cooking on a Budget

Starting again soon!

Our Cooking on a Budget Sessions are led by an experienced cook at The Bridge, and provides the perfect opportunity for guests to learn all about how to prepare and cook delicious and nutritious meals on a budget.

Each week, the cooking group create a hearty meal, packed full of flavour and goodness from scratch, and gain skills in food preparation and cooking.

If you are a professional and would like to refer someone to our Cooking on a Budget Sessions, please call us on 0116 2221161 or email gemma@bridgeleicester.org