The ‘Together We Can’ project, funded through the Trust’s Active Communities programme, is based in the Zone, a community space in Bridgend, Wales. This is part of the Bridge Mentoring Plus Scheme in Bridgend town centre, which is a charity that supports vulnerable people of all age groups in the area.
The Together We Can project runs every weekday morning at the Zone, offering a drop-in facility and support groups. Participants are encouraged to pop in for a coffee and chat regularly, building a sense of community amongst people with diverse life experiences. The project supports people experiencing social isolation and loneliness; people with learning difficulties or physical disabilities; people experiencing mental health challenges; ex-offenders, people at risk of offending or substance misuse; and people who are homeless.
The drop-in enables people to make social contact, whilst accessing general advice and support, including signposting to services. Participants are encouraged to engage in structured activity at the Zone through participating in, and in some cases running, support groups.
Watch a video case study below, and read the full case study, featured in the Active Communities programme evaluation.
This case study was carried out by Ecorys UK, who are conducting an independent evaluation of People's Health Trust's Active Communities programme. This case study formed part of the last year of the evaluation process.
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