Changing Futures: Bridge the Gap


Bridge the Gap is a specialist ‘trauma informed’ outreach service (part of the ‘Changing Futures’ Government Initiative) that has been developed in conjunction with lived experience experts and alliance members to offer person-centred key worker support to individuals experiencing multiple disadvantage in Surrey.

Oakleaf is just one delivery partner of the Bridge the Gap Alliance. We provide support on a one-to-one basis, 4-8 hours per week per client, 10am-8pm Monday to Friday, 9am-12pm on weekends.

Our team covers a variety of areas including but not limited to:

Contact with the criminal justice system, mental health issues, substance use (alcohol or drugs), homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, domestic violence/abuse.

A person with multiple disadvantage is defined as someone who is dealing with one or more of the following:

Assistance with finding/sustaining accommodation, physical and mental health care, substance use and harm reduction, financial arrangements, health appointments, assistance with daily living tasks, referrals.

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Bridge the Gap Support Workers





From Oakleaf are Tommy Coppinger, Helen Lunn and Colin Gibbons


Bridge the Gap clients are also able to access the Surrey Adults Matter (SAM) approach which is a mutiple-agency wrap around ‘Team Around the Person’ (TAP) process that involves a group of professionals regularly meeting with the client or their chosen advocate, to look at what is/isn’t going well, what needs to change or improve, and to form an action plan together.


Referrals can be made by any practitioner on behalf of individuals they feel would benefit from the support. Use the link to complete and submit the referral form.

Clients can also be referred directly to SAM. For more information or to make a referral through SAM, please email:

For more information about the Changing Futures programme, click here.