We are pleased to announce WEA Southern has secured more than £1m in funding for Building Family Bridges – a Berkshire-wide project aimed at supporting the unemployed to make steps towards getting back to work.

This project is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme funded jointly by The Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. This is a proactive and supportive project to improve the prospects for families with complex needs, by working with various grassroots community organisations to remove the barriers that prevent people from engaging in learning and other pathways towards employment.

By providing consistent support and constructive challenge through Family Support Workers, the Building Family Bridges (BFB) project will enable participants to identify their own long-term employment aims and ensure they are able to access existing services, as well as filling any gaps in those services such as family mediation or opportunities for families to have positive experiences together, building confidence and improving well being.

Where BFB differs from other approaches is that it is aimed at the family unit as a whole and will include engagement activities for all the family, providing numerous opportunities for positive experiences,” explains June Diegan, Regional Education Manager. “It will also benefit from the expertise of the chosen partners which already work in the heart of communities and are trusted by the project target group.”

The project, as the name suggests, is a ‘bridge’ to the next stage in an individual’s return to work and each step along that bridge provides for manageable and achievable steps which build confidence and resilience. It will also take a value-added approach, ensuring participants have documented evidence of their success for each stage of their journey that will be recognised and regarded positively by prospective employers

To find out more about the project, please contact WEA Berkshire Organiser, Rabena Sharif  or the Southern Regional Office.


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