Project Bridge is an independently facilitated project to co-produce innovative solutions to challenges identified by our communities. It brings together partners from diverse backgrounds on an equal footing - including the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE), the council, Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the local NHS hospital trust and any other interested parties.
Project Bridge has already redesigned our sitting service for unpaid carers which is expected to save the system £100,000 per year and allowing a more person-centred approach. When redesigning the service we heard about the human cost of unreliable sitting services - in one instance a carer missed their chemotherapy appointment. Since the redesign we've heard wonderful stories, including a very serendipitous matching of a lady who loves getting her nails done with a retired beautician looking to give back to the community.
Project Bridge has also looked at volunteering, getting people home from hospital quicker, rough sleeping and childhood obesity.
We know that there are groups across the city who - for complex social, economic or structural reasons - have not always managed to make their voices heard when it comes to solving our city's challenges. Future areas of focus for Project Bridge include:
- rough sleeping
- apprenticeship levy
- childhood obesity
- developing a social enterprise to support vulnerable people in education or work ensuring advocacy is available throughout the city