Bridge Workers will support people for up to 12 months on our programme, but sometimes they’ll experience results far quicker than this. Meet John Dunn, who joined us last month, and is already moving on with a spring in his step!

When John first joined us he’d lost his job 6 weeks earlier and was lacking in confidence, not knowing what to do next. But in just two weeks, with the help of his Bridge worker, he’s already turned his life around.

John came on board to Bridge and was immediately matched with a Bridge worker who would be his one to one support throughout. She identified his need to improve his mental wellbeing, and support to find training and education opportunities around the IT industry.

In those 2 weeks he received a financial MOT, an assessment of his digital skills, some counselling and coaching and finally a range of volunteering opportunities. These interventions were all supplied by the partners in the programme, with his Bridge worker helping him throughout.

He’s now enrolled on two self-taught courses in creating 3D models for computer games, and game design and development. He’s also looking to volunteer at Men in Sheds at Ashington whilst waiting to enrol on a Vehicle Mechanic Course with NCC Adult Education starting soon. John has been supported to achieve stability, which has boosted his confidence in a very short period of time.

John said of the help he’d received: “Bridge workers offer support to help you think about your own goals and with the support of the Bridge Project you can get everything else into perspective. The support has been great, and reflecting over the amount I have progressed in such a short time has been a confidence booster.”

His Bridge worker Teck Tong has only herself been in the role for a very short period, and said of her experience: “John has been amazing to work with, developing his action plan and writing this good news story to see what he has already achieved and is going to achieve, is a real confidence boost for him and myself a as a new starter in the job. I cannot wait to see what the next 3 months will bring.”

Get in touch

You can refer yourself onto the programme by getting in touch for a chat, just email bridgereferral@northumberlandcva.org.uk or call 01670 858688.

Bridge Northumberland is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the National Lottery Community Fund, as part of their joint Building Better Opportunities Programme.