SkillsBridge, Ouseburn Buildings, Albion Row, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 1LL

Over the last ten years we have been delivering projects in the region aimed at addressing key social issues such as employment and enterprise. The main feature of our work is to engage private and public sector organisations with a range of community initiatives. We were established ten years ago as Newcastle Employment Bond which supported a number of frontline organisations in getting long term unemployed people back into the workplace. This was followed by our highly successful Launch Pad project which worked in partnership with enterprise agencies, local authorities and VCS organisations to take the enterprise message to the streets and communities of our region. Our current project, SkillsBridge, is aimed at bringing support to voluntary and community sector organisations through a coordinated programme of professional volunteering. SkillsBridge taps into expertise in the private and public sectors to give voluntary and community organisations the skills and tools that they need to survive and thrive in the current economic climate.