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Partnerships to come:

CF Building Bridges: mentoring and skill sharing

building bridges
One to one mentoring process to assist youngsters from Wiltshire and Swindon with multiple problems to gain access to the world of work through volunteering and skill sharing with WBCT volunteers.
Meeting being arranged to progress via Community First and WSUN.

Motiv8: skill sharing and sheltered workshops

Social enterprise model based in Portsmouth seeking access to the canal network to roll out their model of sheltered workshops for young adults with disabilities/and or transiting from care/criminal justice systems
WBCT possibly to be their first regional pilot: in discussion for April 2017


Healthwatch Swindon & The Inclusion Project: mentoring volunteering

Work with Healthwatch Swindon and The inclusion Project to provide one to one programmes for young adults with combination of severe learning difficulties and obesity to gain access to exercise and increase activity levels. The Inclusion Project alone has 10 young adults in the weight range 20 stone plus.
69% of 0-16 years olds in the bottom 20% of income bracket are obese in the Swindon area
Use volunteering activities based at WBCT HQ in Dauntsey Lock to motivate and reward increased activity levels with volunteering, showing outcomes as a result of activity (where exercise alone has no direct immediate outcome)
Discussions ongoing with programme being developed


Develop a volunteer certification scheme (VCS) based on 2 levels of instruction/training (Trainers and Mentors) using on the job learning and evaluation which can be rolled out to all skill sharing activities and also throughout all our volunteering roles, supplementing the existing “ticket” specific restoration skill training system
• Develop an external evaluation of our VCS scheme via CRT/IWA
• Use this system to evaluate and record individual achievements by participants
• Use this system to inform outcome analysis for feedback loops to funders and statutory organisations