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Bridges Out of Poverty

Bridges Out of Poverty is based on the work of Dr Ruby Payne, Philip De Vol and Terri Dreussi Smith on making sustainable communities... building resources for individuals, institutions and communities .

In order to provide the best possible services for those who are experiencing poverty, practitioners need to develop specific capabilities and an understanding of the barriers created by a life in which people are just surviving.

Bridges workshops provide a new lens for practitioners working with people who are economically vulnerable.

Often, the experience of poverty leads to an erosion of resources such as literacy, support systems, emotional responses, appropriate role models as well as being robbed of a sense of having control over the future.

This amounts to far more than just a lack of financial resources and has profound implications for the way in which we provide responsive services to those experiencing poverty.

All courses can be customised to meet your organisation’s needs, this can include the following:

  • Customised training to meet each organisation’s objectives
  • Time for teams to create a plan of action to implement training into the workplace


Bridges Out of Poverty works across agencies and sectors such as, health, justice and community services to provide new understandings of poverty, based on individual environments, relationships and resources.


Suggested formats: A one or two-day workshop

  1. Workshop

This training introduces a triple lens to view poverty through… the individual, the institutional and the community.

  • Creates a mental model for various economic realities and resultant behaviour
  • identifies and practices the skills of making and maintaining relationships within the client life cycle
  • understandings about household dynamics and profiles specific issues in your community
  • interrogates the poverty research continuum into the causes of poverty
  • develops understanding of the hidden rules of economic groups, the unspoken cues and habits and how this impacts your work/agency setting
  • distinguishes between the different registers of language to build communication that connects people
  • analyses the nine resources model and identifies methods to build social capital for individuals, institutions & communities
  • establishes the key concepts that underlie Bridges Out of Poverty and how to apply them within your community
  • provides examples of collaborative models for “Bridges” institutions and the Getting Ahead Program
  • The workbook Bridges Out of Poverty serves as a training manual in the seminars and includes chapters on relationship building, mentoring, redesigning programs, and community collaboration.
  1. Train the Trainer
  • Permitted to present Bridges Out of Poverty through a limited license agreement for users employed by a Permitted Institution only.
  • “Permitted Institutions” includes only the individual school campus, or other institution/agency that is the trainer’s principal employer at the time of Certification or for which they principally act as an independent contractor at the time of Certification.
  • This training is open ONLY to people who have recently completed a two day Bridges Out of Poverty workshop.

Who should attend?

Social, legal and health professionals whose daily work connects them with the lives of economically vulnerable people.

Contact us today to discuss how our professional learning solutions can transform your school.

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