Bridge The Gap Alliance launched in Surrey

Innovative new approach to helping those with multiple disadvantage

Surrey is one of only 15 areas in the country which have been awarded funding from the Government's Changing Futures Programme to develop The Bridge The Gap Alliance.

Since April 2022 Surrey County Council has been working with an alliance of voluntary and community sector enterprises (VCSE) to support people with multiple disadvantage.

A person with 'multiple disadvantage' is defined as someone who is coping with three or more of the following:

  • Being involved with the criminal justice system
  • Dealing with mental health issues
  • Substance use issues
  • Being homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
  • Domestic violence

The Bridge the Gap Alliance works in a new and innovative trauma informed way. What this means is responding to very complex individuals compassionately and relationally recognizing that they have experienced not just one, but multiple traumas. This is the first time such an alliance has been formed with VCSE partners specifically to support these people.

This is crucial work ensuring no-one is left behind. Allowing us to reach deeper into our communities through a trauma informed outreach approach to identify and support people with the greatest need.

Sinead Mooney, Surrey Council cabinet member for Adults and Health visited the alliance partners to hear about the work the alliance partners are doing and meet people with experience of multiple disadvantage that are being supported by the programme.

Watch the short video to find out more.

If you are interested in a role as a Bridge the Gap Outreach worker please send an expression of interest with a current CV to changing.futures@surreycc.gov.uk.

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