Building Bridges Programme

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

Building Bridges Programme

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

About the Programme

Building Better Opportunities is a national programme funded jointly European Social Fund and the National Lottery, via the Big Lottery Fund. It aims to tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England. The Building Bridges programme is the local implementation of Building Better Opportunities across Swindon and Wiltshire. The local focus for the programme is on supporting those furthest from the labour market in accessing the skills, development, education and/or experience they need to achieve and sustain ongoing employment. Our target group is those who are unemployed or economically inactive and facing multiple, complex challenges and barriers. Participation in the programme is entirely voluntary and free to users. The programme started in July 2016 and will run to the end of September 2019.

OUR AIM

Target number of participants engaged in the programme

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Target percentage of participants moving into employment

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Target percentage of participants moving into education

Programme Delivery

The programme is delivered by 40 cross-sector partners with a strong delivery records across both Swindon and Wiltshire. Community First is the lead partner for the Building Bridges partnership and our key roles are:

  • Overall management of the programme
  • Engagement with potential participants who are referred to the programme and matching them to the most appropriate partner organisations
  • Liaison with programme funders at the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund
  • Engagement with key stakeholders and referral organisations to build strong working relationships
  • Ongoing development of the programme to ensure it meets participant needs
  • Promotion of the programme

Programme Ethos

The programme ethos is to:

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Retain the core delivery elements that make each partner effective

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Develop more effective cross-referral pathways

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Develop more collaborative partnership working, especially cross-sector

Building Bridges Lead Team

Left to Right: Alison Izatt (Building Bridges Programme Administrator), Kirstie Reeve (Building Bridges Programme Administrator), David Potts (Building Bridges Programme Manager), Jessica Emery  (Building Bridges Programme Support Officer), Laura Naylor (Building Bridges Volunteer Coordinator) and Helen Cotter (Building Bridges Compliance Officer).