Helping people realise their potential

Workbridge was set up 40 years ago to offer a vocational pathway for people with mental illness, learning disabilities or brain injuries. We provide people with opportunities to gain skills and build confidence.

The philosophy behind Workbridge is to provide people with an opportunity to work as part of a team in a genuine work environment, including our coffee shop, kitchens, workshops and office. Our community users gain both technical skills and life skills, helping them to realise their potential in the community. 

Learners are mentored by our skilled staff across a variety of work activities to encourage independence, respect, teamwork and trust; building skills, knowledge and self-esteem in a supportive environment. 

As they progress, our team supports them when they are looking for jobs, completing applications and preparing for and attending interviews.

All of the activities carried out by our service users at Workbridge are meaningful and essential to the running of a fully functional work environment. The funds raised through our retail enterprises help us develop and enrich services for our people and customers.

Video: What Workbridge means to me

We went behind the scenes and asked our members of staff and service users what Workbridge means to them. Watch the below video to see what they had to say...

Part of St Andrew's Healthcare

Workbridge is part of St Andrew’s Healthcare, the UK’s leading mental health charity.

Established more than 175 years ago, St Andrew’s represents the best of NHS and independent sector values, with a record of excellence in outcomes for our patients.

  • Specialist services include mental health, learning disability, autism and brain injury, and St Andrew's has the UK's leading national secure facilities for adolescents, women, men and older adults.
  • With services in Northampton, Essex, Birmingham and Nottinghamshire, St Andrew's is by far the largest provider of NHS care in the charity sector.

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