The Building Bridges programme supports people across Swindon and Wiltshire who are facing 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 the advice and support is offered free of charge.

The programme is jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery via the Big Lottery Fund.

*Adam signed up to Building Bridges and was assigned to Employment Support Worker Lorraine Pullin from the Employment and Skills team.

Can you tell us about your background and how you joined Building Bridges?

I didn’t enjoy School, I needed extra support to interpret what I needed to do as I have a slower processing speed. I tried my hardest but enjoyed being outside much more and working hands on. I joined Building Bridges because I think I am strong, polite and willing to help, I want to work and be useful to a business.

What were your next steps and what do you do on your placement?

I was lucky enough to be placed at Philipps House, Dinton at the National Trust. I help out on the parkland to mend fences, strim nettles/weeds, make clearings and maintain paths. I love that the job is so varied. I think it was important that I was honest about my abilities and needs.

What was the end result and how is your journey going now?

I hope to continue as a volunteer as I love the work and Dinton is a very special place. I would like to work with the archaeologists to see if I could help them occasionally. I will definitely be looking for more opportunities like this one.

Adams’s keyworker says

Adam’s confidence has grown hugely in his attitude towards completing tasks and socially in terms of his confidence in sharing the work environment with other National Trust staff and volunteers. He is keen to carry out any job that is asked of him and to do so to a good standard.

*participant name changed to protect identity

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