Bridge Northumberland


Bridge Northumberland is a voluntary programme to help people living in Northumberland who are out of work and aged 16+ to overcome barriers to training, education and work.  We help by giving people one to one support from a dedicated Bridge worker who’ll be with them every step of the way to improve confidence, develop skills and move towards employment.

Our support is free and fully funded. The programme is completely voluntary and for anyone who is:

As a Bridge Northumberland partner, Northern Learning Trust provides beneficiaries with one to one tuition to enable them to improve their skills in English and maths, support to seek and apply for jobs, use ICT effectively and improve their skills and confidence.

Led by Northumberland County Council, Bridge Northumberland works with people who face the biggest barriers and challenges to connecting or reconnecting with education, training, volunteering and work. Delivered by a partnership of specially selected organisations, Bridge Northumberland supports people to overcome barriers presented by financial issues, poor mental health, low levels of skills, physical and social isolation and lack of confidence and aspiration.

Bridge Northumberland is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the National Lottery Community Fund. The project has received up to £3.4m of funding from the National Lottery Community 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 regeneration.

You can find out more about the Bridge project here.