The programme now provides Positive Activities. We aim to build on the intensive programmes of supervision and treatment which are currently in place in the county, by providing activities, groups, advice and training for clients, in order to:
- Help them constructively fill their time and develop or maintain a sense of purpose.
- Improve their health and well being.
- Address their problems.
- Increase their employability.
In light of the above, we are developing a programme of physical and other activities that will be available to drug-using offenders. These activities are outlined below:
Auricular Acupuncture is a complimentary therapy that stimulates acupuncture points on the outer ear by administering needles. This can be helpful with withdrawal symptoms, cravings, sleep problems, stress, anxiety and depression. (Northampton, Wellingborough and Corby).
- Art Expression
A session for those that want to try their hand at drawing, painting or other art. (Northampton and Corby).
Badmniton nets and rackets are available Wednesdays - 12.30-1.30pm. (Northampton).
A boxing orientated exercise session. (Northampton).
- Bridge Recovery Group
A new way of recovery - learn to love yourself with fun activities. (Wellingborough).
- Circuit Training
A workout session that includes a combination of cardio and weight exercises. (Northampton).
- Cycle Maintenance
Practical and theory advice, as well as instruction on cycle maintenance, from basic puncture repair to advanced level maintenance.(Northampton).
- Cycle Tours
Bridge Northampton now run bike tours every Monday. Bikes and helmets provided.
- Desert Island Discs
Share some of your favourite songs/pieces of music and express what it means to you. (Wellingborough, Northampton and Corby).
- Education, Training and Employment (ETE)
Education, Training and Employment support - get help with Essay writing, English Grammar, and Reading/Writing.
- Football (Changing Goals)
In partnership with Northampton Town's Football in the Community scheme, we run a weekly football session with a fully qualified FA Coach. We meet at the changing rooms at the Racecourse in Northampton at 11.45am until 1.30pm. Kit is available upon request. View Video
- Gym Sessions
In partnership with borough councils and leisure centres in Northampton, Wellingborough, Rushden, Corby and Thrapston we offer gym places to a small number of members. Alongside this service we now also have our own gym in Northampton which is free to members and is open on most afternoons of the week (see timetable).
We have a fully qualified hairdresser who is available to cut hair on Tuesdays. (Northampton).
- I.T. Sessions
A session for members to learn and improve upon basic I.T. skills. (Northampton).
- Job Club/Housing Support
Housing support is support for any Housing matter, from sustaining tenancy, tenancy disputes, housing debts to benefits. Job club is advice and information for meaningful activity to assist working towards achieving work goals.
The sessions will be of 30 - 45 minutes duration and will be facilitated by a Buddhist chaplain who will be available afterwards for those who want to have a chat with her. (Northampton).
- Men's/Women's Group
We offer an informal chat group where members can make new friends and discuss their problems. (Northampton and Wellingborough).
Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance.
- Qi Gong
Qi Gong involves meditation, movement, deep breathing and is used for health and spirituality.
Reflexology is a form of massage and manipulation of the feet. It helps to balance all the systems of the body and creates a wonderful feeling of relaxation. Foot Reflexology in combination with acupuncture can help with addictions and some of the withdrawal symptoms. (Northampton and Wellingborough).
- Table Tennis
Table Tennis tables are available during opening hours. (Northampton).
- Three Principles Focus Group
A focus group held by a Holistic Health Practitioner. An informal group, discussing our thoughts and how they make us feel and how these feelings can affect out behaviour, opintions and life circumstances.
- Training Events
There are training events open to both mentors and Bridge members aimed at improving their skills and we are working with the local councils and other bodies to enable those interested to undertake courses such as F.A. coaching badges and Community Sports Leader Award.
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If you think that you could benefit from any of our activities then please ask to be referred to the project. If you are not presently involved with any other agencies then please refer yourself by contacting us. Alternatively you can refer yourself on line by completing our self-referral form.
If you have any ideas about other activities then please let us know and we will do our best to implement them.