The Building Bridges Programme
The Building Bridges programme is jointly funded by the The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund. Find out more about our funding and programme partners.
The Building Bridges programme supports people across Swindon and Wiltshire who are facing significant challenges in being able to develop their skills, access education or move towards the world of work. Taking part in the programme is entirely voluntary and all of our advice and support is offered free of charge.
The programme is a partnership of local organisations who are experts at supporting people and giving them the skills and confidence they need to move forward. We work with people on a one-to-one basis to help them address the challenges and barriers they are facing and develop a personalised plan to help them achieve their goals at a pace they are comfortable with.
Each participant will have someone who works with them as a mentor, helping them to access support from across the partnership. These mentors can also work with family members, carers, key workers or other people supporting you if you give us permission – it is entirely up to you.
We understand that there are many factors which affect whether people feel ready to take the next step forwards – this is why we also offer specialist help and support in a number of areas including physical and mental wellbeing, accessing debt and financial advice and help with issues such as transport and childcare.
Download a PDF brochure with more information about the Building Bridges programme.
Information & Resources
Find out how the Building Bridges programme can help you move towards work, education or training, with one-to-one support from us, every step of the way.
Discover the Building Bridges programme journey and how the programme is structured to help you move towards your goals at a pace you feel comfortable with.
Who can take part?
Unfortunately, not everyone who wants to take part in the programme may be eligible to do so. Find out who can take part in the Building Bridges programme.
Find answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Building Bridges programme including who is eligible and what support is on offer.
Help & Support
Find out more about the one-to-one support you could receive as a Building Bridges programme participant including information on help and support plans.
Register yourself to take part, or tell us
about someone who could benefit from the help and support on offer. Our online form is secure and easy to complete.
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