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Community Matters

Background to the programme

The Building Better Opportunities programme is funded by Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) who are co-investing in local projects tackling the root causes of worklessness, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

Community Matters is one of four projects within this programme across the Black Country and will help those in Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Sandwell move into employment by developing their skills and confidence. The project will be delivered by the Heart of England Community Foundation in conjunction with 23 local partner agencies across the region that provide tailored support to improve the lives, living conditions and raise the aspirations of marginalised individuals.

WELL Associates is just one of those partners. We will be working alongside the following partners to deliver the project; Access to Business, Age UK Walsall, Ashley Community Housing Ltd, Bilston Resource Centre, Black Country Housing Group, Dudley Caribbean and Friends Association, Groundwork West Midlands, Home Start Dudley, Ideal For All, Just Straight Talk, Kids in Communication, Manor Farm Community Association, Refugee and Migrant Centre, Remploy, SEWA Centre Ltd, Summit House Support, SWEDA, TLC College, Walsall Adult and Community College, Walsall Housing Group, Workers Educational Association (WEA) and Zebra Access.

Target areas in all four boroughs have been identified, and some of the project's activities will be delivered across the Black Country while others will take a more localised approach, focusing on a specific borough, town or estate. Activities will include basic skills training and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), accredited training, weekly jobs clubs, employment/self-employment information sessions, targeted employability programmes and literacy, numeracy and financial skills workshops.

WELL are delivering a sector specific programme which will provide the skills, support, mentoring, job opportunities and experience to communities across the Black Country to gain employment in the leisure, tourism and hospitality sector. WELL offers a comprehensive programme to provide individuals with the confidence, support, skill, training and practical experience to lead them to employment in the sector. All participants will;

  • Have access to a Learning Mentor and a business mentor to provide ongoing support throughout.
  • Undertake the 'Gateway to Employment in leisure, tourism & hospitality' 15 day programme providing participants with the relevant support, mentoring, skills, training & work experience to gain employment.
  • Gain a formally accredited qualification.

For more information about the BBO Community Matters Project please contact Project Director: Lindsey Flynn,
Email: lindsey@wellconsultancy.co.uk. Tel: 07863 326027

To speak with a member of the Programme Management Team at Heart of England Community Foundation please email bbo@heartofenglandcf.co.uk or visit www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk