Our Programs

Our programs help to guide women to identify their interests, strengths and skills, develop long-term career and personal goals through group-based programs, counselling, academic upgrading and mentorship. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all programming is taking place online and we can help provide technology and software support to those who need it. 

At Bridges, we believe in each womanresilience and capacity to recover their strength and grow in confidence. We offer safe, confidential programs to help reduce isolation while building personal and community supports. We are trauma-informed, strengths-based and woman-centered and we aim to meet each woman where she is at without judgment or expectation. 

“Since I completed the “BEP” program I feel transformed. Bridges showed me how to live life, to face it with confidence and power!  All the wonderful staff have taught me to be the greatest version of myself for the first time in my life.  Graduating meant so much more than I ever imagined.  I am so grateful to have been a part of something so incredible! ”


Sherry
Bridges Employment Program Graduate 

Bridges Employment Program

Temporarily online due to COVID-19

Email: info@bridgesforwomen.ca | Phone: 250-385-7410

Program Details:

  • 6-month program with group sessions three times per week
  • Learn alongside a supportive community of women
  • Understand and overcome the impacts of trauma
  • Individual counselling is available
  • Academic upgrading via Camosun College available
  • Childcare, transportation and technology supports are available based on need

Apply now for future 2021 Bridges Employment Programs! Please email info@bridgesforwomen.ca or call 250-385-7410 to connect with us.

The Bridges Employment Program (BEP) is a six-month group-based program designed for adult women who self-identify as having experienced trauma, violence, abuse or neglect, and who want to reclaim their lives. Through intentional curriculum and skilled facilitators, participants explore a range of personal and professional development topics.

These include understanding the impacts of abuse on employability, creating personal safety, developing a vision for the future, building essential skills needed for safe and healthy relationships, self-care, career exploration, job search strategies and more. The program also incorporates volunteering, group mentoring and local connections by bringing in guest speakers, local employers, and important community services.

This program is suited to women who have a goal of re-entering the workforce, returning to school, starting a business, building community connections and volunteering. Many of the skills required for success in the workforce are practiced throughout the program and so it is a safe place to build confidence and move towards personal and professional goals.

This program is typically delivered in-person at our Victoria and Langford locations, however, all BEP programs are currently being delivered virtually via Zoom. Technology support is available for those who need it.

“Bridges became a safe place where I could rediscover who I am and unpack the weight of stress, guilt, and anxiety my mind and body were carrying. With each week of class, I was able to reclaim my self-confidence, self-esteem, and trust my instincts to make my own decisions.  Thank you Bridges for being a safe harbour for women who have been impacted by trauma.” 


Keri, Bridges Employment Program Graduate

Online Employment Program

Program Details:

  • Self-paced, online program, supported by a skilled facilitator
  • Ideal for individuals who need a flexible learning schedule
  • Develop online learning skills
  • Individual coaching support included to navigate through the program successfully
  • Laptops provided to those in need
  • Individual counseling is available
  • Optional complementary support group is available (offered via Zoom)

 

This program is currently only being offered to women on Northern Vancouver Island in partnership with North Island Employment Foundations Society

The Online Employment Program is comprised of 18 self-paced, individual modules that cover personal healing and employment readiness topics. This program is designed for women who require a flexible learning schedule and who may want more privacy in their learning journey. Each participant is supported by the program coordinator to navigate the course topics, integrate the learning and receive coaching support to successfully complete the program. Topics are similar to those offered in our Bridges Employment Program and include understanding and overcoming the impacts of trauma, creating personal safety, visioning and goal setting, self-compassion and self-care, healthy relationships, communication skills, boundaries, career research, job search skills and more.

The optional support group is specifically offered to women in this program. This group is currently offered for six weeks, one session per week via Zoom, led by a clinical counsellor. It is a safe space to build community with other women and to practice the skills learned in the online classroom.

“Bridges for Women helped me understand the healing process and to stay on path. Bridges gives you a map to help guide you through the healing process that is safe, encouraging, educational and possible. This has been an amazing life altering program for me. Thank you so much!”


Jennifer, Bridges Employment Program Graduate

Indigenous Women's Bridging Programs

Temporarily online due to COVID-19

Program Details:

  • Urban Indigenous and in-community program options
  • 6-month programs with group meetings twice per week
  • Learn alongside a supportive community of Indigenous women
  • Individual counselling is available
  • Academic upgrading via Camosun College available
  • Childcare, transportation and technology supports are available based on need

Our Indigenous Women’s Bridging program is accepting applications for our upcoming March 2021 program! This program is open to all women of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations (Nation members and community members), and will focus on personal development, employment readiness, cultural activities and uncovering your strengths and skills. Contact Rachel at rachel@bridgesforwomen.ca

The Indigenous Women’s Bridging Programs aim to inspire Métis, Inuit and First Nations women, living in reserve communities and in urban areas, to break the cycles of abuse and trauma through counselling, cultural education and employment training. Group circles include stories, identifying interests and skills to develop long-term life and career goals. A variety of guest speakers, arts and craft activities, elders and field trips are also included.

We offer Indigenous programs for self-identified Indigenous peoples living in urban areas of Greater Victoria, as well as for First Nations women living in the reserve communities of individual nations within the W’SANEC and Lkwungen territories.

We thank the communities of Tsawout, Tsartlip, Pauquachin, Tseycum, Pacheedaht (Port Renfrew), and Scia’new (Beecher Bay) Nations for past partnerships.

Read about one of our first graduates, Tiffany: 
Aboriginal women build bridges for their future (Times Colonist, 2014)