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The Bridge Project

The Bridge Project brings together Partners and Agencies in Northumberland to improve peoples lives, create opportunities and make a positive contribution to Northumberland communities and the regional economy. You can read more about the Bridge Partnership here.

Led by Northumberland County Council, Bridge are working with people who face the biggest barriers and challenges, no matter what, to connecting or reconnecting with education, training, volunteering and work. Working together with a number of Partner organisations, each organisation has been handpicked to deliver the project based on their varied specialisms working with people and communities with financial issues, mental health issues, building employment skills, volunteering among many more…

The Bridge Project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery , through the Big Lottery Fund. The project has received up to £3.4m of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities Programme which is part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. You can read more about the fund here.


J2E (Journey to Employment) –  is a DWP-funded project that provides personalised support for people with a health condition or disability who want to move into employment. It provides an opportunity for you to talk to people in similar situations, access information about employment support and discuss any queries and concerns. Support available includes:

Person Centred Planning
One to One Support
Personal Development
Debt Management Advice
Benefit Awareness
Confidence Building
Learning Opportunities
CV Preparation
Interview Techniques
Preparing for Work
Short Courses
Voluntary Work
Finding a Hobby
Social Activities
Joining a Group

A new element is the voluntary Journey to Employment (J2E) peer support Job Clubs. Peer led job clubs delivered away from the Jobcentre offer an alternative to the norm and support disabled people and people with a health condition to reduce and overcome barriers to employment, provide techniques to manage health conditions and change attitudes towards employment. The Journey to Employment (J2E) job club offer an opportunity for people with a health condition or disability to map out their personalised pathway of employment support and take advantage of a unique package of peer support and work ready activities, delivered by people who have a lived experience of disability. The J2E job clubs take a holistic approach to employment support and provide a range of tailored activities to enable people with a health condition or disability to identify and develop individual action plans, manage their condition improve their confidence and develop new skills