Make 2017 the year you start your journey towards employment or education

by | Dec 31, 2016

The New Year is often a time when people reflect on their experiences over the previous 12 months (good or bad) and start thinking about their future goals.

If you are thinking about what you’d like to achieve in 2017, you are not alone. According to a poll conducted by BUPA, up to a third of people in the UK make at least one New Year’s resolution. That’s a lot of promises! But how many of these are actually kept? The BUPA/ComRes Poll found that almost 70% of people give up on their New Year’s resolutions after a just few months of hard work.

So what are the key factors in success for people that do keep their resolutions? According to psychologists: setting realistic goals, taking it one day at a time and having someone to support you are some of the major factors in achieving success.

If you’ve landed on the Building Bridges website, you might be thinking about making a real change in your life, you may have even made a few New Year’s resolutions of your own.

Maybe you are hoping to get into the world of work or education? Whatever your goals, if you are unemployed, living in Wiltshire or Swindon and aged 15 or over, we want to help you reach them in 2017. Here’s how:

Helping you set realistic goals

If you are getting started on your journey to education or the world of work, you might be facing barriers which could have held you back in the past. Barriers could be personal things like lack of childcare or transport. They could also include health problems and disabilities which affect your ability to work or study. The Building Bridges programme is a partnership of experts, with the experience and knowledge to help you understand your barriers to work or education and help you conquer them. We can help you set achievable goals and offer you support every step of the way.

One day at a time

Finding your ideal job or completing that course you’ve always dreamed of, doesn’t happen overnight. If you have barriers that are holding you back, getting to where you want to be can feel like a real challenge. That’s why the Building Bridges programme is structured to help you reach your goals at a pace you feel comfortable with. Through regular meetings, your Key Worker will help you build relevant work experience, learn new skills and offer expert support and advice. So, you can take each step of your journey one day at time.

Someone to support you

Sometimes just having the support of someone who cares can be the difference between achieving success and giving up.  We will put you in touch with a dedicated Key Worker who will help you create a personal support plan. This acts as a clear path to where you are now and where you want to be. But it’s not just about the goals you set and the progress you make towards them, we are also here to listen to you, understand your individual needs and offer you support in other areas of your life. This could include helping you improve your confidence, supporting your health and wellbeing and offering debt or financial advice.

Your Journey Starts Today

Ready to take the first step on your journey towards employment or education? Take a look at the information on our website:

If you have any questions about the programme or you need help to register, please get in touch with us.

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.