Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Welcome to Dreamscheme Highbridge!

The mission of the Dreamscheme Network is to inspire and enable communities across the world to release the potential of their young people. Dreamscheme organises work projects for young people and rewards them with points which are spent on trips and sporting activities of their choice.

.Highbridge Dreamscheme Points Cards

These points will be updated regularly as and when you earn points, with 10 POINTS = £1 towards your trip or activity of YOUR choice...

Latest points totals (August, 2011)

Dreamscheme Highbridge News:

Paignton Zoo visit for Dreamscheme
YOUNGSTERS at Highbridge Dreamscheme enjoyed a trip to Paignton Zoo to a popular zoo to reward them for all their hard work over the summer. The youngsters were taken to Paignton Zoo where they enjoyed a well-deserved day of fun. It's been a very busy summer - the children have had a lot of fun while carrying out community work to earn their points. More...

Kids lead cake-making project
MEMBERS of Highbridge Dreamscheme made dozens of cakes for elderly residents in the town during their ongoing summer programme of community work this week. The young people made over 50 cakes, scones and pastries as part of an initiative to help the elderly. More...

Busy summer for Dreamscheme
MEMBERS of Highbridge Dreamscheme are having a busy summer holiday - with a charity car wash being the latest in a series of community activities to be held in recent days. The group, pictured, washed dozens of cars outside Burnham Fire Station. More...

Flower power brightens town!
YOUNGSTERS from Highbridge's Dreamscheme have been getting creative this week, earning points by making hanging baskets ready for the town's Britain in Bloom entry this summer. Thirty young people from the Highbridge Dreamscheme met on Wednesday (June 1st). More...

Top award for Dreamscheme
YOUNGSTERS and leaders from Highbridge's Dreamscheme were celebrating on Thursday (October 21st) after scooping a top police award for their work. The group won the sought-after accolade during the third annual Children and Young People's Awards held by the police. More...

200 attend bloom awards night
More than 200 people filled Highbridge Community Hall on Saturday evening (October 9th) for the first ever Highbridge In Bloom awards presentations. Dozens of certificates and trophies were handed out by Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Maria Clarke and Sedgemoor District Council Chairman Jane Moreton. More...

Busy summer for Dreamscheme
Youngsters at Highbridge's Dreamscheme have enjoyed a busy few months, taking part part in a wide variety of community work in return for trips over the school holidays. The group's activities have included litter picks, fundraising events, craft making and various visits, including one by local MP Tessa Munt. More...

Towns celebrate Bloom awards
Exclusive: Celebrations were underway in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge today (Thursday, September 16th) after both towns won accolades at the annual Britain In Bloom awards ceremony. Teams from the towns joined over 200 people from across the south west invited at a special ceremony at the Assembly Rooms in Bath where they received good news. More...

Highbridge prepares for judges
FINAL preparations are being made in Highbridge this weekend for the town to be assessed by judges from the Britain in Bloom competition on Monday (July 19th). The Highbridge in Bloom committee members will be out in force all day on Sunday, cleaning up the town. More...

Bloom judges visit Highbridge
TWO judges were 'blooming impressed' when they made a tour of Highbridge during their assessment of the town for the Britain In Bloom competition on Monday (July 19th). Judges Tony Moore and John Bowden were given a guided tour of the town after being welcomed. More...

In photos: Burnham Youthfest
CROWDS of young people from the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area flocked to the town's annual youth festival today on Sunday (July 4th). Overseen by Burnham's Youth Town Council in association with Burnham Lions, the event included a wide range of fun. More...

Highbridge bursts into bloom!
DOZENS of colourful hanging baskets have been installed along the streets of Highbridge this week by the town's Dreamscheme members. More than 40 youngsters from the Highbridge Dreamscheme made a total of 76 baskets during the April half-term holidays earlier this year. More...

Youth groups receive cash boost
Highbridge Youth Groups are celebrating this week after getting a much needed cash boost. County Councillor John Woodman visited the Highbridge Dreamscheme and Highbridge Community Youth Club, presenting cheques to both groups to help them to continue providing youth diversion activities in the town. More...

Photos: Dreamscheme planting
YOUNGSTERS at Highbridge's Dreamscheme have been continuing to get creative this week, earning points by making hanging baskets ready for the town's Britain in Bloom entry this summer. 40 young people have attended the sessions and worked with staff from Sanders Garden World at Brent Knoll and Dreamscheme leaders. More...

Busy half-term for Dreamscheme
Photo Special: DOZENS of members of Highbridge's Dreamscheme have had a busy half-term week. A total of 43 young people, three of whom were newcomers, have been earning points by applying for funding for the organisation and also creating a new code of conduct for themselves and leaders. More...

Leaflets boost winter safety
DOZENS of youngsters in Highbridge had a busy half-term holiday, making winter safety leaflets as part of the town's Dreamscheme initiative. The 40 youngsters created over 350 'Be Safe This Winter' leaflets featuring advice on housing, vehicle, road and personal safety over the winter period. More...

Town car wash raises over £300
MORE than £300 was raised by Highbridge's Dreamscheme and Burnham Fire Service when both teams joined forces to hold a fundraising car wash at the town's fire station on Saturday (September 19th). Burnham's firemen were helped by young members of the Dreamscheme group. More...

Dreamscheme rewards for kids
AFTER a year of work, members of the Highbridge Dreamscheme have recently been enjoying a variety of trips in reward for all their hard work. Since the scheme launched, the work has ranged from litter picking and first aid to delivering crime reduction cards. More...

First aid advice for youngsters
MEMBERS of Highbridge's Dreamscheme have been visited by St John Ambulance volunteers as part of their summer activities, earning points for their chosen trips later in the month. A total of 45 young people attended the sessions and met the St John Ambulance Team. More...

Busy summer for Dreamscheme
MEMBERS of Highbridge Dreamscheme have been busy over the last two weeks, earning lots of points for some free trips at the end of the summer holidays. On July 28th, the youths' first work task was to design a logo for the Highbridge Dreamscheme to print on T-Shirts and this was another success. More...

Dreamscheme tidy-up in town
YOUNG members of Highbridge's Dreamscheme launched a big clean-up operation in the town to ensure it was tidy before the visit of judges from the Britain In Bloom competition. The enthusiastic group of 20 children and their leaders collected several sackfuls of rubbish from around the town. More...

Car wash fun raises over £230
MORE than £230 was raised for Highbridge's Dreamscheme when members of the group held a fundraising car wash at Burnham-On-Sea Fire Station on Saturday (June 20th). A total of 63 motorists got their cars washed during the four-hour event, raising a total of £236.60. More...

Busy Easter for Dreamscheme
DOZENS of youngsters in Highbridge have been busy over the school holidays, creating crime prevention cards with an Easter theme as part of the town's Dreamscheme project. An Easter Card was designed featuring crime reduction advice inside. More... | Photo gallery

Bowling reward for youngsters
YOUNGSTERS from Highbridge who have been taking part in a week of community work as part of the town's new 'Dreamscheme' project were rewarded with an afternoon of ten pin bowling on Saturday (February 21st). Dozens of youngsters travelled to Stardust Amusements. More...

Youngsters in tidy-up operation
YOUNGSTERS in Highbridge tidied up the town's Apex Park on Monday (February 16th) as part of a new youth project that encourages them to improve their local community while earning rewards. Dozens of youngsters are taking part in the Dreamscheme initiative. More...

70 children attend launch of Dreamscheme
POLICE in Highbridge have launched a new youth project this week which will encourage young people in the area to help improve their local community. The Dreamscheme initiative sees people aged between 8 and 16 years old come together and do community work in return for rewards. More...

.Upcoming events

More details of our 2012 events coming here soon


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.Sponsors and supporters

Dreamscheme sponsors & supporters:

Our very grateful thanks go to the following people that have helped us in various ways, either giving us time, money or materials:

Helium Chameleon
Bridgwater & ASDA Highbridge
Highbridge Local Action Team
Councillor Rosemary Parsons
Knightstone Housing
Highbridge Youth Club
Avon and Somerset Police
Stardust Amusements Brean
Bespoke Braille Signs
Brandon Tool Hire
Bridgwater Car and Van Hire
Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership
Wakeham Trust
Somerset Crimebeat
Di Mascio Ice Cream Van
King Alfred Sports Centre
Isleport Foods
Burnham Fire Station
Highbridge in Bloom committee
Bakers Dolphin
County Cllr John Woodman
Burnham on Sea Lions
Highbridge Ladies Group
Sanders Garden World
Homes in Sedgemoor
Churchfield School

The main resident volunteers are Pat Farrow, Trish Hart, Lara Hart, Margaret Williams, John Hill, Jody Webb, Karen Fear & Pam Silverser-Stell. Without all the volunteers, dreamscheme wouldn't exist! So a big thank you to them for their dedication and commitment!"

.Get in contact with us

Contact Us:
To contact one of the team to find out more and volunteer your time, money or skills please contact us, we would love to hear from you !

Trish Hart
Trish Hart - email
07838 249632

.The history behind Highbridge Dreamscheme

The Dreamscheme is nationwide and now international, and the story began in Sheffield with a dream. The first dreamscheme was devised and developed on Sheffield's Flower Estate by Geoff and Kate King between 1995 and 1998. Over three years, around one hundred young people were involved in community projects.

WORK projects included environmental, social, creative and personal development tasks. This WORK allowed young people to earn POINTS that could be spent on TRIPS and activities of their choice.

Young people grew to become part of the solution to the shared problems that urban life on a disadvantaged housing estate presented. The scheme provided a new sense of belonging and enabled the young people to serve their community. It won various awards, contributed to three national conferences and received acclaim from the Rt. Hon. David Blunkett:

"The scheme offers a positive way forward which is not only using the energy of young people in a way that is beneficial to them, but also creates a new sense of purpose for the community who start to believe that improvements can be brought about, behaviour changed and problems overcome."

From 1998 to 2001 The Dreamscheme Network evolved; Kate shaped training courses and helped 50 new groups to prepare to start their own dreamschemes. Social Landlords, community and regeneration groups and faith-based organisations were requesting details of the Dreamscheme Method.

The Highbridge Dreamscheme started in January 2009. Two Police Community Support Officers, Claire Finch and Gill Bawler had both heard of Dreamscheme and started to find out more. By working with local residents and forming a 'Children and Young People's sub-committee to the Highbridge Local Action Team, funding was granted, plans put together and so the Highbridge Dreamscheme began!

The main resident volunteers are Pat Farrow, Trish Hart, Lara Hart, John Hill, Margaret Williams, Jody Webb, Karen Fear & Pam Silvester-Stell. Without all the volunteers, dreamscheme wouldn't exist! So a big thank you to them for their dedication and commitment!

It is a scheme that Highbridge NEEDS, the kids WANT and we are doing TOGETHER. Young people can do wonderful things!

To date there are over 100 young people who have signed up to the scheme who have collectively earned over 20,000 points meaning they have put over 2000 hours of community work into Highbridge!

The scheme is not only well supported by local residents and businesses, but it has also received awards from Avon and Somerset Police in their 'Children and Young Persons Award 2010', and won two awards in association with 2010's Britain in Bloom Competition - one from the Britain in Bloom Committee in a discretionary 'Youth Award' category and another in recognition of all their hard work from the local Mayor.