History of The Bridge
During the severe winter conditions in January 1987, in common with many churches throughout the country, one of the Methodist Churches in Bedford provided a temporary refuge for homeless men. Soon after, Bedford Methodist Outreach for the Homeless (BMO) was set up as a joint initiative of the North and South Bedford Circuits. Over the next few years this small but dedicated group steered the project through many frustrations and disappointments towards the final goal of providing temporary accommodation for nine homeless young men in a purpose built Supported Accommodation.
It was decided that the best way to achieve the goal would be for a Housing Association to own the building and for BMO to manage the project. In 1991 the Housing Association obtained funding from the Housing Corporation to build the supported accommodation.
In the summer of 1992 residents moved in. It was named “The Bridge”, to reflect the coming together of the two Methodist circuits under a common cause and, to indicate its role in helping the homeless to move from a life of insecurity, to a new life of independence.
For eight years The Bridge was run independently and governed by BMO, but in the year 2000, it was felt appropriate to join forces with Amicus Trust Ltd. (then called Bedford Housing Link), who was providing a similar service with its Perkins and Alexandra House supported accommodations.
In the year 2000, the day to day running of the Bridge was taken over by Amicus Trust and the project came under full Amicus Trust control in 2002. We are happy that many of the Methodists in Bedford and Mid-Beds still support the work of The Bridge and Amicus Trust through regular kind donations.