What we want to achieve
We want to help Londoners experiencing inequality and disadvantage to make important transitions in their lives. We want to enable these transitions to be positive for the individuals, give them greater choice and control over their lives and result in a reduction in inequality within communities.
What we want to change
By awarding Positive Transitions grants we want to achieve the following outcomes:
- Londoners experiencing inequality or disadvantage are supported to become more independent.
- Vulnerable and disadvantaged Londoners are more resilient and empowered to make positive choices.
- Vulnerable and disadvantaged Londoners are better able to access specialist support services.
What we will fund
Applications must be for one of the Trust’s Positive Transitions priority areas. These priorities will be subject to review throughout the lifetime of Bridging Divides to make sure we best achieve our outcomes.
1. Specialist support services working with children and young people:
- Affected by domestic abuse
- With mental health needs
- In care moving into adulthood
- Who are disabled transitioning into adulthood
- Who are carers
2. Support for migrants and refugees to access mainstream services and widen participation in the community in which they live
If you are applying for funding for ESOL classes please note that we will only fund classes at pre-entry to entry level 3 inclusive for adults who are not accessing mainstream ESOL provision. Teachers must have a recognised ESOL qualification, such as those listed here.
3. Specialist support services for Deaf and disabled people to increase choice and control in their lives
We are committed to the social model of disability and want to support work that removes the barriers, physical or otherwise, that prevent disabled people (including people who are experiencing mental health difficulties and people with learning disabilities) from participating in society and living independently. We welcome applications from Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations. Please note that we do not fund work where employment is the primary, intended outcome, other than through our Bridge to Work programme.
4. Specialist support services for older people, including people with dementia, to increase choice and control in their lives
5. Survivors of domestic and sexual abuse; modern day slavery; trafficking; or hate crime.
6. Ex-offenders leaving custody or serving community sentences.
7. Services which improve the accessibility and range of mental health support and services for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness or are vulnerably housed.
We understand that mental health is one of the most difficult needs for people experiencing homelessness to access support for, with limited access to mental health workers and assessments. City Bridge Trust recognises that working with rough sleepers and people experiencing homelessness requires specialist knowledge and capacity and as such is keen to support approaches providing a range of therapeutic interventions/services which are trauma informed and recognise the need to be flexible to meet the specific needs of people experiencing homelessness and which build on current good practice.
We welcome applications for up to 5 years funding and core funding will be considered.