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.

*Paul is from Salisbury, Wiltshire he signed up to Building Bridges and was assigned to keyworker – Nicola Crompton in Wiltshire Councils Family Learning Team.

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

Personally, I had a hard time and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to stay in the house I lived in with my Mum, who has recently passed away, but I wanted to get back into work. I started on Building Bridges working with Nicola, in Family Learning at Wiltshire Council.

What were your next steps and how do you feel Building Bridges helped in the process?

The team supported me by attending job fairs with me and updating my CV, we then handed my CV to various employers in Salisbury. This resulted in me securing a job at The Range, I am contracted for 16 hours a week but often work more than this, which is good as I am keeping busy.

What would your advice be to others joining the project?

Give it ago, the team can help you see what you need to do to progress. I am now able to leave the house, I am more confident in myself and have a routine. I am earning money and using this opportunity as a building block. I will continue to turn up on time, work hard and hopefully get noticed.

*participant name changed to protect identity

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