In the late 1970's, social worker Dorothy Davidson met local businessman Michael Jones to discuss creating a local centre that could provide a "bridge to work" for people recovering from mental illness.
Dorothy worked for St Andrew's Hospital. Michael was Chair of Northamptonshire MIND and ran a family owned jewellers in Northampton. Dorothy asked Michael for his help setting up a committee that could transform the Old Laundry site of St Andrew’s Hospital into the Workbridge Centre. The centre on Bedford Road would offer volunteering opportunities and work experience for people with mental illness and learning disabilities.
Workbridge formed on 10th June 1980. Michael Jones became the founding chairman and held the title for 18 years. Sadly, Michael passed away in 2017. He was a passionate supporter of Workbridge, visiting and contributing to events. Anne Jones, Michael’s wife, continues to support Workbridge in our endeavours to this day.
Merging with St Andrew's Healthcare
In 2009, Workbridge merged with St Andrew’s Healthcare. We now support over 250 people each week to learn life and work skills. We provide over 16 different workshops including an award winning café and garden centre, canvas printshop, ceramics and woodwork studios, plus many more.
Due to current government legislation on social distancing and the coronavirus, we have cancelled all upcoming events including our Craft Fair on 16th May 2020. Further news on events taking place later this year will be updated here.