To learn about some of our young people's most recent achievements please click the link for our May newsletter.
Congratulations to Lisa Nicolson who has started work with Greggs! Good Luck Lisa!!
Congratulations to Jordan Gibson on passing his CSCS test. Well Done!
BRIDGES PROJECT CELEBRATE SUCCESSFUL FUNDING BID TO CHILDREN IN NEED
We are delighted to announce BBC Children in Need are to fund our Personal Development Worker (14 to 18 years) post for another three years, from October 2012. Jan Montgomery will continue in post and there will be no break in this service. It is wonderful news on top of our Big Lottery award last year and provides a lot of security for the Project over the next few years!
CONGRATULATIONS to Connor Smart for passing his CSCS test on 25th June!
Film makers, musicians, photographers and cooks!
Is there no end to the creativity among young people using Bridges Project. Apparently not…now we have budding coffee table book publishers! Congratulations to Jodie McCluskey, Gordon Pryde, Lynsey Henderson and George Spence for the wonderful book, “Bridges to Haddington’s History”.
The history and archaeology of Haddington are brought to life in this publication which has been generously supported by East Lothian Council’s Creative Learning Network, Peter Potter Gallery and local archaeologist David Connolly.
More about this project on the website soon!
CONGRATULATIONS to Shaun Scott for securing an apprenticeship at Arnold Clark; we are all thrilled for you! Well done.
SMOKING YOUR TIME AWAY
“Smoking Your Time Away” the video produced by young people about the impact of smoking on health is a runaway success!!
The film has had nearly 800 views on You Tube and the Ash Scotland website. 95 hard copies of the DVD were ordered and distributed and being used as a discussion tool in a range of settings throughout Scotland. The young people involved are able to use the experience to work towards ASDAN and DYNAMIC YOUTH AWARDS. An excellent example of youth participation and empowerment!
Congratulations to Hannah and Andrew, pictured here and Heather and James on passing their Tenancy Award at Bridges Project in partnership with Borders College.
They started in 2010 and completed their five units earlier this year. If you would like more information about the Tenancy Award contact Jim Boyle.
Congratulations to a group of Musselburgh Grammar girls who completed an 8 week beauty course at Bridges Project.
The course gave them the opportunity to learn from a qualified Beauty Therapist as well as getting some amazing treatments. They will be presented with their certificates at a celebration event at the Brunton Hall on 10th May - well done everyone.
On Wednesday 14th March we held a launch party for our new DVD 'Smoking Your Time Away'. Over 40 people came along to celebrate with us and see a screening of the film.
Congratulations to Hannah Borthwick, Shaun Scott and Shannon Hamilton who received awards at the Venture Scotland presentation evening last night at the City Chambers. You did Bridges Project proud!
Bridges Project would like to congratulate Hannah Gordon for passing her Open Water Diving Certificate. Well Done!
Congratulations to Callum Harper who recently passed the Driving Theory Test. Well done!
Congratulations to Shaun Scott who has secured a Christmas job in Argos. Well done Shaun. All that interview preparation you did paid off!
Bridges Celebrates Big Lottery Fund Award
Bridges Project is delighted to be awarded with a new grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Investing in Communities programme to support its Way2Work service over the next five years. Click here to read the full article.
We have been successful in our application for funding to the Fairer East Lothian Fund for our Way2Work support worker. This helps us to continue to provide the employability work which is so essential to helping young people towards jobs and college. Congratulations to all those involved and a big thank you to East Lothian Council.
CONGRATULATIONS TO FAY
Congratulations to Fay Logan who recently completed her Level 1 Principles and Practice in Youth Work Course with East Lothian Council Community Learning and Development and Lothian Association of Youth Clubs. Well done Fay!
Bridges Clients are Scottish Learning Partnership Award Semi-finalists
On Thursday 31 March 2011 a roll call of honour for Learning Awards semi-finalists was held at Pollock Halls in Edinburgh. Among those on that roll call were Hendry Ross and Kyle Storrie – two young men who have made maximum use over the last few years of the opportunities offered at Bridges Project and who have both now moved on to full employment, self-reliance and an adult life as contributors, not only in their own family circles, but also in society.
At an awards ceremony in Edinburgh in November the 2010 Crofton Award winner was announced as Bridges Project, based in East Lothian, and supported by Lothians based Fast Forward, a national voluntary organisation which promotes health and well-being through education by, with and for young people.
The judges said that the project fully deserved the Crofton Award for both the standard of their work and the development of the young people during their project the 'Journey of a Cigarette'. The project involved the young people looking at all aspects of tobacco, including farming, marketing, smoking, addiction, role of the media, and the health impacts of tobacco.
The judges also stated that they were particularly pleased to see that this project had increased the confidence and understanding of the young people, given them a sense of pride in their work and achievements, and given them creative and employability skills which they can use in the future.
Link to the Crofton Award article.