Bridges Project – Transitions Team
Bridges Project is an independent, local charity which works with young people in East Lothian and Midlothian to help them manage the transition from adolescence to young adulthood and life beyond school.
Three practice teams deliver our work and objectives; Transitions, Skills for Life and Employability
The Transitions Coordinator leads the Transitions service and manages referrals into the service. The Coordinator delivers one-to-one individual support to senior phase pupils in East Lothian, who are at risk of leaving school with no positive destination identified. The Coordinator works in partnership with a number of agencies and professionals including social work, health professionals, guidance staff, college support staff, Skills Development Scotland and East Lothian Works.
The Transitions Development Worker (Young Carers) supports young people with caring responsibilities in East Lothian to progress into positive destinations and helps them to manage the emotional, social, health and financial implications of their caring role. They can help them to make Young Carer Statements and lever in the extra resources required to make a success of the transition from secondary school. They are involved in a number of national Young Carers group, undertake development work and raises awareness of the particular issues faced by young adult carers locally.
The Personal Development Worker provides emotional and practical solution-focused support to young people aged 12 to 18 years in East Lothian and Midlothian. The aim of this work is to increase personal confidence, improve self-esteem, increase resilience and develop coping strategies through therapeutic and practical interventions. Young people are referred to the service for a range of reasons, including anger management, anxiety, isolation, relationship and family difficulties. He engages with a wide range of helping agencies and is involved in supporting young people at meetings with schools, social work and mental health services.
The Transitions Development Worker (Groups) delivers a yearlong employability skills programme to young people in S4 at six high schools in East Lothian. Referrals are made directly by guidance and support staff at school. They deliver a tailored programme to each group and brings in a host of organisations in the creative, youth work, health and careers fields, as well as local employers and colleges, to inform young people about local opportunities and to develop the skills and competencies required to achieve successful, positive destinations.
Intended Client Groups:
- Young People
- 12 - 18
This service accepts direct self referrals.
Contact Info. & Provider's Address
Unit 1, Bogpark Road
Provider's Name: Bridges Project
Bridges Project is a charity which provides a number of services to assist young people to manage transitions into adulthood and life beyond school in East Lothian and Midlothian. Services are offered on a voluntary basis and are free and confidential. Our objectives are to assist young people with:
- improving their employability, training and education-related skills
- managing their move to independent living
- developing skills which will help them manage a job, a house, relationships etc
- becoming more active members of the community
- realising their potential