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Building Bridges and Inspire Swindon Programmes

Helping people overcome their barriers to employment and education, across Swindon and Wiltshire.

Community First delivers programmes which offer a holistic service which provides personalised support to people with significant barriers and challenges to help them build their independence and move towards education and employment outcomes.

For further information on our eligibility criteria, the support we provide and how to make referrals please see below.

For information about the impact delivered by our previous Building Bridges programme from 2016-2023 please visit our impact page.

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Programmes

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Building Bridges Wiltshire

Support for people aged 16+ in Wiltshire.

The programme supports people aged 16+ (no upper age limit) who want to move towards sustained education or employment goals.

If you are under 18, you will need to be Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET to take part.

Funded by UK Shared Prosperity Fund via Wiltshire Council through to the end of March 2025

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Inspire Swindon

Support for people aged 15-25 in Swindon.

We can work with you if you are aged 15-18 and at risk of becoming NEET, are NEET or are engaging with Swindon Youth Justice Service. We can work with you if you are aged 19-25, if you are care experienced or have an EHCP.

Please note all referrals to this service are managed in conjunction with the Swindon Borough Council Education, Employment & Training Team and is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund via Swindon Borough Council through to the end of March 2025.

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Building Bridges Swindon

Support for people aged 18+ in Swindon.

The programme supports people aged 18+ (no upper age limit) who want to move towards sustained education or employment goals.

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund through to the end of 2025.

Programme Referrals

People can refer themselves to the programme or make a referral on behalf of someone else they are supporting (with their permission).

People can refer themselves to the programme or make a referral on behalf of someone else they are supporting (with their permission).

Please note that for young people under 18, we need the permission of their parent, carer or guardian in order to accept the referral.

Eligibility

All participants on our programmes must have the legal right to work in the UK and be resident in Swindon or Wiltshire.

Our employability programmes can support people who are:

Economically inactive

Unemployed (but not on DWP employability programmes)

Employed but facing barriers to sustaining employment

On probation

Registered refugees

For programmes that support young people under 18, participants need to be at risk of becoming NEET, be NEET or be engaging with the Youth Justice Service.

Unfortunately, we cannot support asylum seekers or people who are remanded in custody or in prison.

Make a Referral

Make a referral for yourself or on behalf of someone else you are supporting with their permission, using our online referral form,

Programme Support

Information about the support on offer for participants

Each participant is assigned to a Support Worker who works closely with them to ensure strong, consistent support throughout their time on programme:

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Understanding their life situation and challenges

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Developing and helping to implement personalised action plans and goal-setting

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Providing support to sustain outcomes

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Assisting participants when engaging with other external services and support

We are happy to integrate with any existing support that participants already have in place and build this into their action plans and activities with us.

The programmes provide a wide range of support based on each individual’s needs:

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Access to self-confidence building courses

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Access to volunteering and work experience activities

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Access to debt and benefit advice

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Support with travel training

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Access to one to one counselling, anxiety and mental health support

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Support in applying for employment, developing CVs, job search skills and interview skills

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Support in applying to college and other education courses

We can provide ongoing support to participants for up to three months from the start of their education or employment, to help them sustain their outcome.

Through our links with the Multiply Programme, we can also help participants aged 19+ to develop their functional maths skills and move on to more formal maths qualifications.

For more information, please contact the Building Bridges and Inspire Swindon Programmes team by telephone: 01380 732821 or email: hello@buildingbridgessw.org.uk

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Programme News

We have recently received funding from The National Lottery Community Fund (Reaching Communities Fund) to continue delivery of support and services to adults aged over 18 years. If you would like to take part in the programme, please make a referral using the online referral form or contact us for more information.

It has 100% changed my life – I recommend it to anyone. It has boosted my self-confidence more than I thought possible.

The programme really helped me take the next step to get back into work.

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