Building Bridges Training

Building Bridges


Area’s support can be offered

Sandwell   Dudley   Wolverhampton   Central   Walsall


contact us

0121 559 9197


Where is it?



half day to a regular basis depending on the venue and travel time


Overview of Support offered

We have courses that focus on self-awareness and self-esteem, life skills, well-being and relationship-building, and planning where you want to go/what they want to do in life, such as:

  • My future – Thinking about what you are good at and setting personal goals for the
    future. This course can include making a personal PowerPoint presentation about you which highlights
    your strengths and achievements and future goals
  • Community connecting –My how to find out about what’s going on in your area, and get
    support to get involved in local activities and groups
  • Being an equal citizen –My learning about the elections and voting, your rights and
    responsibilities, how to take action and complain etc.
  • Look after yourself –My a course about well-being, covering stress awareness and
    relaxation. You will learn tips about how to look after yourself, including eat and sleep well, and how
    to de-stress.
  • Shop, cook and eat –My learning about preparing simple healthy meals on a budget.
    This is a practical class so needs a kitchen!
  • Living on my own – a course about managing your own home. This can cover
    budgeting and bills, health and safety, remembering important dates and being organised.
  • Travel training –using public transport on your own. This includes working out
    timetables, getting travel information from the internet and using apps on your phone. It will also
    cover travel safety and budgeting for travel.
  • Making friends and keeping them – how to make friends and get on with others. You
    will learn what makes a good friend, and how to keep friends, and how to stay away from people who take
    advantage of you.
  • Managing my Money – about managing household income and saving on costs, including
    energy-efficiency savings and planning for repair and replacement of goods.
  • Making my money go further – this is a course on how to make savings on energy, food
    and other costs so your money can go further and you can have enough money or start to save for the things
    you really want!</li
  • Personal safety – this will cover staying safe when you are about and about, and how
    to keep your personal belongings safe too

We have tailored courses to help build employability skills and even think about starting your own business:

  • Getting ready for work – skills for looking for jobs, preparing for interviews, making
    job applications, preparing a CV, being interviewed and what to expect when you are employed, getting along
    with managers and colleagues etc.
  • Train the trainer – a course to enable people to develop presentation and co-training
  • Doing research – practical skills to enable you to undertake take part in research
    projects about the important issues that affect your life – such as being unemployed, housing issues etc.
  • Setting up a social enterprise – all you need to know about setting up a micro or social
    enterprise (small business). A micro enterprise is where you sell things you make or offer a service such as
    car valeting for extra income, a social enterprise is where you run a business that provides a service for
    people in the community and also creates employment. You need to learn about benefits and tax implications.
  • Parenting course – we can offer a bespoke course for parents with a learning disability.
    It can cover the things you need to learn as a parent, eg listening to children, play activities, understanding
    children’s emotional needs etc.

Other opportunities

  • We have a regular Friday group of women with a learning disability who use the gym at the Portway
    Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury. They meet 10am to 12.15
  • We can offer short courses in crafts, card making, jewellery and felt making
  • We can offer one day classes and short courses in all aspects of cookery such as baking, and learning
    new recipes, vegetarian meals etc.

If a volunteer can complete an 8 week placement, Wildside is more than happy to write a reference.


Is this activity linked to;

Increasing confidence   Increasing motivation   Increasing Optimism   Improving employability


Where does this support fit into my journey?

Engagement   This is me I’m up for it   I’m ready   I’m on my way


Session type

Individual   Group
Minimum No.   Maximum No.


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Outcomes expected

Improved confidence and self esteem
Improved knowledge