Welcome to Bridges Peterborough - WE'VE LAUNCHED!!

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 Bedford House 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.

Come on out, join us and #createabundance and #supportbridgingteams within your community!


Bridging Team Model is working towards a vision of changing the conversation about poverty by bringing together volunteers from middle- and upper-income groups to work in solidarity with those living on lower incomes.

A Bridging Team is a group of connected people, some of whom are under-resourced individuals living in poverty in Peterborough who journey with trained resourced mentors, learning from one another towards a more stable life.

Bridging Teams are a gathering of under-resourced participants with middle-income mentors who are learning to become allies.  Our allies learn how to support these under-resourced individuals who are working hard to stabilize their lives.

News & Events Calendar

Date Change: Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop – NOW Jan 23rd/24th

November 18, 2020

Registration for the Bridges Out of Poverty workshop with Lynn Smith-Reeve on https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/136656383923

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Mentors Online Meet & Greet (for Bridging Teams) January 25th @ 1:00 p.m.

January 12, 2021

Would you like to be a part of something powerful and impact social change in 2021?
What if you joined a small group that meets weekly with people you might not otherwise meet
– to explore the “hidden rules of class” that we each follow?

What if we changed the conversation around poverty and privilege by supporting each other,
sharing joy and creating space for the magic to happen

Then being a Bridging Team Mentor might be for you…

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2021 Bridging Teams

November 13, 2020

We’re gearing up for the next Bridging Team to start Monday, February 1st, 2021. More details to follow – Stay tuned! Please contact kat@bridgespeterborough.ca   

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…allowed me to find a career direction after many years of uncertainty. Now I can move toward a new goal”

“…wonderful sense of belonging”

…feeling very good about myself and my life”

“…helped me see the strength in myself…more self-confidence with speaking in pubic, self-esteem, leadership roles, and having fun”

“…the possibility of a world where everyone is heard, everyone is part of what we’re creating, and no one is left out”

“I am less judgmental, and I am in awe of how resourceful these awesome people are.”