Programme Partners

Building Bridges Programme Partners

Building Bridges: Programme Partners

Building Bridges is a partnership of organisations from the voluntary, public and private sectors, who have come together to deliver the Building Better Opportunities programme in Swindon and Wiltshire. The programme is jointly funded by the Big Lotttery Fund and the European Social Fund.

See below for the full list of programme partners.

Managing Partner

Community First

Managing Partner

Community First is the managing partner for the Building Bridges programme. Community First is Wiltshire’s rural community council and has supported communities in Wiltshire and Swindon for over 50 years. Community First is a registered charity (288117) and based in Devizes, Wiltshire.

Programme Partners

Active Plus

Active Plus

Programme Partner

Active Plus uses the skills, experience and expertise of injured military veterans to deliver unique programmes that build confidence, motivation and self-belief, unlocking the potential of participants, all of whom are from vulnerable or potentially vulnerable groups.

Adviza

Adviza

Programme Partner

Adviza is a registered charity inspiring people to make better decisions that help them progress in learning and work. Adviza is passionate about supporting oung people and others, at important times in their lives where key decisions need to be made.

Aster Housing

Aster Housing

Programme Partner

Aster Housing is an ethical housing developer and landlord to benefit society. Aster builds homes for open market sale and shared ownership, and reinvests profits to develop homes for rent. Aster own and maintain over 28,000 homes and provide housing, care and support services to 75,000 customers.

Carer Support Wiltshire

Carer Support Wiltshire

Programme Partner

Carer Support Wiltshire helps carers to access support, services, education and training, and breaks from their caring role. Carer Support Wiltshire ensures carers have a voice in policy making and planning for services and works with health and social care professionals and employers to develop best practice.

Citizens Advice Wiltshire

Citizens Advice Wiltshire

Programme Partner

Citizens Advice Wiltshire is an independent charity committed to helping people find a way forward and overcome the problems they face. Citizens Advice Wiltshire provides free, confidential advice and campaigns to make society fairer for everyone.

Create Studios

Create Studios

Programme Partner

Create Studios is a Swindon based social enterprise which uses digital arts as a tool to transform lives. Create Studios invests in young people enabling them to develop digital skills and make choices about their future.

DASH

DASH

Programme Partner

DASH is an independent Swindon based charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life of adults of working age with Aspergers and other high functioning Autistic Spectrum Conditions living in Swindon.

Green Labyrinth

Green Labyrinth

Programme Partner

Green Labyrinth is a professional services and training delivery company, focused on delivering consistently high quality training in Swindon and Wiltshire. Green Labyrinth offers work-based apprenticeships, study programmes and traineeships.

Inner Flame

Inner Flame

Programme Partner

Inner Flame is a registered charity in Swindon which organises a variety of courses for 16-25 year olds to help them develop the essential skills required for both independent life and at work.

Kennet Furniture Refurbiz (KFR)

Kennet Furniture Refurbiz (KFR)

Programme Partner

Kennet Furniture Refurbiz (KFR) refurbishes furniture and white goods so that quality items are available to families with limited income. KFR also removes unwanted items, reducing landfill and retrains people with new skills.

The Learning Curve (Selwood Housing Group)

The Learning Curve (Selwood Housing Group)

Programme Partner

The Learning Curve is a charity which aims to change the lives of socially and economically disadvantaged people by delivering learning and guidance so they are better able to support themselves and lead fulfilled lives.

Madanu

Madanu

Programme Partner

Madanu offers opportunities and support to people over the age of 16 who require long or short term support. Madanu offers both scheduled courses and ‘on demand’ courses tailored to individual needs.

Mike Read Associates

Mike Read Associates

Programme Partner

Mike Read Associates provides high-quality support and consultancy on a wide range of environmental, social and responsible trade issues and a number of specialist issues including behaviour change and water conservation.

Nationwide

Nationwide

Programme Partner

Nationwide Building Society is the world’s largest building society, one of the UK’s largest savings providers and a top-three provider of mortgages in the UK. It is also a major provider of current accounts, credit cards, ISAs and personal loans.

The Nelson Trust

The Nelson Trust

Programme Partner

The Nelson trust is a residential treatment centre providing a programme of care and support for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. The Nelson Trust also offers education and training, family work and supported resettlement housing

New College

New College

Programme Partner

New College Swindon offers a broad and flexible range of academic and vocational courses with over 160 choices, including 55+ AS/A Level subjects, BTECs, NVQs & Apprenticeships.

Peter Vaughan Cookery School

Peter Vaughan Cookery School

Programme Partner

The Peter Vaughan Cookery School is set in an industrial kitchen in Devizes, Wiltshire, teaching adults, children and students in a wide ranging variety of courses that appeal to all ages and abilities

Seeds 4 Success

Seeds 4 Success

Programme Partner

Seeds 4 Success is a registered charity based in South West Wiltshire which supports the personal development of young people through the delivery of training and practical volunteering opportunities.

SMASH Youth Project

SMASH Youth Project

Programme Partner

SMASH Youth Project supports vulnerable young people between 13 and 18 years of age in the Swindon area. The Project offers mentoring and support to young people who need help to reach their full potential.

Splitz Support Service

Splitz Support Service

Programme Partner

Splitz Support Service is a registered charity based in Wiltshire which delivers support services to women and young people experiencing the trauma of domestic abuse.

 

Swindon 105.5

Swindon 105.5

Programme Partner

Swindon 105.5 is a 24 hour radio station based in Swindon. Licensed by OFCOM as a Not For Profit community broadcasting organisation, Swindon 105.5 promotes and contributes to cultural, spiritual, social and economic life in Swindon.

Swindon Borough Council

Swindon Borough Council

Programme Partner

Swindon Borough Council is the local government authority for the Swindon area. It is responsible for administrating and commissioning services including education, social care and refuse/recycling.

Swindon College

Swindon College

Programme Partner

Swindon College is a further education college which offers courses primarily in work related areas and has industry standard facilities in a number of areas, including construction, engineering and catering.

Swindon Dial-a-Ride

Swindon Dial-a-Ride

Programme Partner

Swindon Dial-a-Ride is a voluntary organisation which aims to provide safe, affordable, accessible transport for the community. Swindon Dial-a-Ride offers accessible vehicles for disabled people and door-to-door transport for hospital appointments.

Swindon Foyer

Swindon Foyer

Programme Partner

Swindon Foyer offers hostel accommodation for young people aged between 16-25 years of age. Foyer staff support residents to develop independent living skills and also help them to access education, training and employment.

Thera Trust

Thera Trust

Programme Partner

Thera Trust is a registered charity with a number of subsidiary companies based around the UK, together they support adults with a learning disability at home, at work, in the local community and for short breaks (otherwise known as respite).

Voluntary Action Swindon

Voluntary Action Swindon

Programme Partner

Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS) is a charity which supports other charities and coordinates voluntary activity in the local area. VAS offers a number of services to the local voluntary and community sector including DBS checks and training.

Wiltshire & Swindon Users' Network

Wiltshire & Swindon Users' Network

Programme Partner

Wiltshire and Swindon Users’ Network (WSUN) aims to give disabled people, people with long term health conditions and older people a voice about, and influence on services they use in the local area.

Volunteer Centre Swindon

Volunteer Centre Swindon

Programme Partner

Volunteer Centre Swindon is part of a national network of Volunteering Development Agencies.  It works with individuals, groups and organisations in the voluntary sector to promote, support and develop volunteering in the community.

Wiltshire College

Wiltshire College

Programme Partner

Wiltshire College is a higher education establishment based across four campuses in Wiltshire. The college offers a variety of courses and Apprenticeships in a wide range of subjects, from foundation through to university level.

Wiltshire Council

Wiltshire Council

Programme Partner

Wiltshire Council is the local government authority for the Wiltshire area. It is responsible for administrating and commissioning services including education, social care and refuse/recycling.

Wiltshire Community Foundation

Wiltshire Community Foundation

Programme Partner

Wiltshire Community Foundation gives money and support where it is most needed in Wiltshire and Swindon. It also strengthens local communities by encouraging local people to support local charities and voluntary organisations.

Wiltshire Law Centre

Wiltshire Law Centre

Programme Partner

Wiltshire Law Centre is a registered charity which offers free legal advice to alleviate poverty and disadvantage. The charity offers free and confidential advice in areas such as benefits, employment, housing and debt.

Wiltshire Mind

Wiltshire Mind

Programme Partner

Wiltshire Mind is an independent mental health charity based in Wiltshire, which provides a friendly and safe place where people experiencing mental health problems can find friendship and support.

Wiltshire Savings & Loans

Wiltshire Savings & Loans

Programme Partner

Wiltshire Savings and Loans is a Wiltshire based credit union which helps people who live and work in Wiltshire, get on top of their finances with affordable community-based loans and secure savings.

Wiltshire Scrapstore

Wiltshire Scrapstore

Programme Partner

Wiltshire Scrapstore is an environmental charity who collect resources that would otherwise go to landfill and redistributes them for creative projects. The charity aims to promote learning through creativity, by making various low cost resources available all.

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Programme Partner

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is one of 47 trusts across the UK. Together the Wildlife Trusts are the largest voluntary organisation dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places everywhere – at land and at sea.

Youth Action Wiltshire

Youth Action Wiltshire

Programme Partner

Youth Action Wiltshire is an award winning service delivered through Community First, which has been supporting young people in Wiltshire and Swindon for more than 60 years. Youth Action Wiltshire supports the development of young people through a variety of training and practical volunteering opportunities.

Our Funding

The Building Bridges programme is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. Find out more about our funding and the partners involved in supporting the Building Bridges programme in Wiltshire and Swindon.