The Gap started in 1999 when local residents got together to do something about tensions between young people and older adults in the local community. Groups of young people would congregate by the shops, which would feel intimidating for anyone wishing to use the local amenities.
Initially, The Gap began operating in a small shop in Spinney Hill, where it began running a Youth Club. This continued for approximately two years, but due to its popularity, soon outgrew these premises.
In 2003, The Gap moved into the building it currently occupies – a former church – and has continued to grow in both numbers and opportunities over the last 15 years. Youth Club now runs 3 times a week and there is also a variety of other social and physical activities geared up specifically for older adults. The Gap is also home to addiction support groups, mental health workshops, dog training as well as a community café, which is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am-4.00pm.