The Bridge Trust Project (TBTP) is now a part of YMCA Thames Gateway Group’s West Kent branch, and provides supported housing for around 17 people aged 18+ through to retirement. Added support within TBTP includes outdoor education, benefit advice, employment and informal education support.
As well as providing the security of a safe, warm environment, our team of support workers offer personalised support plans, risk assessments and utilise the Homelessness Outcome star to track personal progress. The housing service also includes signposting and guidance across a range of issues: we help people who need resettlement advice, mental health support and help with problems around drug and alcohol use. We also offer recreational activities to build social skills as wells as chaplaincy services and support.
We pride ourselves on having a dynamic and life-enhancing programme for our housing clients, which can help springboard them into independent accommodation, work, and training. We work with various external agencies, partners and local authorities to get the best possible outcome for all who stay with us. When a resident moves out of our accommodation the work of TBTP does not end there. Continuity of flexible support may be provided for up to six months through our Move-on Scheme to help individuals adjust to living independently again.
Every day we do inspiring work, supporting young people to belong, contribute and thrive in their local communities. Our projects and programmes are open to all and focus on the following five themes:
- Employment, education and training
- Social inclusion
- Life skills / tenant ready and moving on
- Health and wellbeing
- Tenant voice (resident engagement)
We give each resident the security of a bedroom with their own washing facilities, although from time to time residents may have to share. They also have access to other facilities in the house, including the lounge, kitchen, showers, bathrooms, washer/dryers etc, which are shared by all the residents in the property.