Welcome to Bridges Peterborough
We are ordinary citizens who are passionate about challenging the prevailing ways of addressing poverty.
We question the way resources are allocated.
We question the power and advice of poverty professionals.
We are changing the conversation about poverty and privilege by making concrete differences, with limited resources, in the lives of Bridging Team participants.
Social isolation is an epidemic affecting the health of individuals and communities across the western world. Social networking supports healthy social and economic growth by stimulating interdependent communities.
Most social networking happens within the sub-cultures of socio-economic classes. (Low-income folks tend to hang out with other low-income folks. Middle-class hangs with middle-class, and wealthy folks hang with wealthy folks.) Each “class” has its own Hidden Rules where values and behavioural norms create a sense of “belonging”.
(Observations found in “Bridges Out Of Poverty: a framework for understanding Poverty” by Ruby K. Payne.)
Bridging Teams can create broader social networks across economic class lines, improve attitudes, open social and economic doors, and change the conversation about poverty.
Bridging Teams (BT), is a new and innovative program hosted by Bridges Peterborough in Peterborough, Ontario. Based on the international anti-poverty framework called Bridges Out of Poverty, the Bridging Team Model is working towards a vision of changing the conversation about poverty by bringing together volunteers from middle- and upper-income groups (resourced citizens) to work in solidarity with those living on lower incomes (under-resourced citizens) with the intent to grow relationships and increase prosperity opportunities.