The Bridge runs courses for pupils identified by schools in the South Wiltshire area as struggling with aspects of classroom integration and self-worth. As part of a small group, the pupils will address Anger Management, Social Inclusion, Emotional Literacy or Team Building, depending on their age and specific need.
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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1184436)
Started in 1992, the Bridge now assists over 60 schools in the South Wiltshire area, at their request, with the social development of children and young people they identify as being in need. A small team, consisting of 6 paid (mostly part-time) staff and 15 volunteers run courses specifically aimed at developing self esteem and self worth, in order to enable the individuals to integrate more fully in the classroom environment and therefore better fulfil their educational potential. This work includes addressing over- and under-confidence, and will normally result in improved classroom behaviour and better ability to learn. Courses will normally last for 6 weeks, with one or two sessions per week. Groups will consist of between 6 and 10 pupils, usually from the same year group, and will meet in their own school. Courses are run at both primary and secondary schools. The cost of a six week course is in the region of ¬£300. Last year The Bridge ran nearly 50 courses, as well as undertaking a considerable number of other support activities. We have sufficient trained staff and volunteers to run additional courses, and there are more schools requesting our assistance than we can currently support. Every ¬£300 donated will increase our annual capability. (Over 50% of our funding currently comes from individual donations, with 25% coming from churches, 15% from charities and 10% from the schools themselves.
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