On Wednesday 18th July the team from PTP’s BBO BRIDGES programme took a group of our learners on a field trip. All ten of the learners are unemployed with various barriers they are working to overcome with help from Troy and Fiz. We chose Wildside Activity Centre in Wolverhampton as it offers a nice, relaxing atmosphere in which to tackle a wide range of issues. The trip offered the opportunity for team building, breaking down cultural barriers, raising awareness of issues, boosting confidence and self-esteem and encouraging communication. Most importantly it allowed us to tackle social exclusion and loneliness – issues that we are becoming increasingly aware of through the news recently.
As you can see from the photographs several members of the group were nervous when they started the day, while others had not met each other before the event. This changed as they relaxed into the activity and chatted to each other. By the time we stopped for (a multi-cultural) lunch, all of the group were chatting like old friends and the smiles on their face were almost as bright as the sunshine. At the end of the day the profound change in each of the learners was clear to see. They were relaxed, their confidence had been increased and they were talking as if they had known each other for years. The BBO team were very happy that the event achieved its goals and are already planning other ways to help the learners on their path back to employment.
Performance Through People are working with Steps to Work on the BBO BRIDGES Project, which aims to support a variety of projects across the Black Country. This project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.