Building Bridges Training is an independent social enterprise which makes a difference to people’s lives through delivering training, demonstrating how everyone can contribute towards providing better support and improved services and true inclusion for all. Their training is co-delivered with trainers with a learning disability. BBT runs regular events in Birmingham on topics such as community connecting, supporting people through loss and grief, making a difference for parents with a learning disability and developing a social enterprise. They are a recognized Centre with the Open College Network (West Midlands Region) which means they can deliver accredited OCN and NOCN units and qualifications. They have co-written some new units relevant to people with a learning disability and staff working with people with a learning disability with the OCN West Midlands Region.
They also deliver commissioned training and run special courses for people with a learning disability.
Previous projects in the same field
Delivered a number of variety of one day training events commissioned by various local authorities:
- Regular one day training events on a range of topics on a pay-per-place basis at a Birmingham City centre venue on topics including community connecting, making a difference for parents with a learning disability and how to develop a social enterprise
- Annual training session to the social work students at Birmingham City University
- Equal Citizen’s Project – a peer taught 7 week course
- Aspirations for Life campaign – delivered courses to people with a learning disability as part of to enable young people leaving special schools to aspire to get paid employment
- Learn Something New! Three accredited courses for people with a learning disability to enable them to identify their strengths and set goals for their futures. ESF funding.
- Delivered an Awards for All funded one year inclusive research project entitled Money, Friends and Making Ends Meet, cumulating in a report published in September 2010
- Managing my Money – several course for people with a learning disability to manage their money
- Inclusive research project 4.13 to 3.14 on impact of welfare reforms