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community support

At Bridge the Gap we are committed to help support children to feel safe, loved, valued and heard. Safe spaces with safe, compassionate adults.

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help us to help our local derby children

Compassionate Crafts

Compassionate Crafts is a Bridge the Gap self-funded project to offer a safe space for children to access, with kind and compassionate adults. Children access therapeutic crafts whilst having a safe space to talk and be listened to. 

Children also gently learn about emotions through the end of session circle time where children can discuss and complete pages in their 'Coping with Emotions' activity book.

These sessions are delivered by our wonderful volunteers, trained and supported by Bridge the Gap.

The 2023 sessions will soon be available to book  online


Free Parent Drop-in Session

Every Monday we open up the doors to our Sunlight Room so that parents can come and ask questions around concerns they have, find some peace, grab a hand massage or some essential oils, and most importantly a good cuppa!

This space is an invaluable area of support, parents often feel alone and like they don't know where to turn - these Mondays are a chance for everyone to find the connection that they need in a space that feels safe. Volunteers are an essential part of us being able to afford this service.

Next dates:

Every Monday during Derby City school term times.

If you could donate tea, coffee or biscuits for our drop-ins then please do let us know!

Parent and Child Sessions

We are committed to creating sessions that support children's (and parents) emotional education!  Did you know that EQ (emotional intelligence) has been proven to be a greater indicator of long-term outcomes than IQ? When it comes to supporting child mental health a quality emotional education is vital.
 Whether your child struggles to understand their anger, is a worrier and experiences lots of anxiety, or maybe they have low self-esteem or struggle with sleep? These sessions are perfect for them.
They are also PERFECT for parents to access proactively in order to support their child's emotional development. We create these sessions for children of all ages so explore what we have available, both online and in person by checking our BOOK ONLINE page.
We also deliver these online over 4 weeks, parents and children can watch live or access the recording afterwards.  Please call us on 01332 600827 if you have any questions.

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Free Resources

We add from our resource bank onto the website regularly to support and aid parents, teachers, counsellors, and social workers conversations with children and young people.

We create resources on all aspects of emotional health and wellbeing and have dedicated pages on the website where you can download them, as well as a YouTube channel with videos created for children as well as for parents. Resources on anxiety, sleep, Emotional Literacy, strategies, information leaflets, posters, grief, loss and problem solving to name a few. Donations help us with this valuable aspect of our work.


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