Building Family Bridges (BFB) is a collaborative, multi-agency project led by the WEA. It aims to improve the prospects of families with complex needs in Berkshire by addressing barriers that prevent them from entering and sustaining employment.

Through regular meetings with Family Support Workers, BFB helps participants identify their own long-term goals, and gives access to existing and bespoke services to remove the barriers to achieving them. The project has family at its centre and is about changing the way families are supported through the use of a holistic and empowering model.

To be eligible for support, participants must be over 16 and unemployed or economically inactive (retired, a full-time student, disabled, or a full-time carer).

The programme will be particularly helpful for:

  • Parents involved in crime or anti-social behaviour, or have children who are
  • Parents with children who have not been attending school regularly
  • Parents with children who need help or are subject to a Child Protection Plan
  • Families affected by domestic violence and abuse
  • Parents who have a range of health problems, or with children that do

The Pathway

Step one - Referral to the programme

Step two - Initial assessment by a partner organisation

Step three - Participants are assigned a Family Support Worker who will support them on their journey

Find out more by contacting:

Punam Kharbanda, Project Coordinator

T. 077 7064 1779


Feel like this programme is for you? View our information for participants.

This project is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme funded jointly by The Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.



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