Building Better Opportunities is an England-wide programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund that helps to tackle and promote social inclusion through the world of work

Building Better Opportunities

Building Better Opportunities brings together investment from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) to help people who are most disadvantaged in the labour market to overcome barriers to participation; promoting social and economic inclusion through training, education and work.

The Big Lottery Fund aims to put people in the lead of developing solutions to the challenges in their communities, tackling inequality and promoting sustainable social, economic and environmental inclusion.

Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regeneration. For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

With their complementary aims, bringing Big Lottery and ESF funds together through the Building Better Opportunities Programme means that more people who are disadvantaged in the labour market across England can access the locally developed help and support they need. This will vary according to specific local circumstances, but there is strong evidence that in any labour market, people who are out of work or not job ready can become increasingly disadvantaged if they also have additional challenges that impact on their ability to find work.

Exclusion from the labour market can significantly affect health and wellbeing, economic independence and family circumstances. In turn this can impact on people’s confidence and motivation to engage with support services and opportunities that could help them. Building Better Opportunities is therefore not a one size fits all approach but is tailored for communities and individuals.

Active Plus plays a role in a number of Building Better Opportunities projects across the South West, using the skills, experience and expertise of injured military veterans to deliver courses that build confidence, motivation and self-belief, unlocking the potential of the individual participants.

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Who Dares Works in West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Led and managed by Active Plus, Who Dares Works is supported with £3.3 million investment from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund and will help 850 people who face the biggest barriers and challenges to connecting or reconnecting with education, training and work.standard wdw with funders

 

Who Dares Works is a partnership of 17 Cornwall based social enterprises working together as one team to help people to help themselves in West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Further information about Who Dares Works is available here . . . 

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Building Bridges – Swindon and Wiltshire

Active Plus is working in Swindon and Wiltshire as a Core Partner in the Building Bridges partnership, led by Community First. The £3.9M project is part of the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme, which is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund, and runs from 2016 to 2019.

 

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As a Core Partner Active Plus will support over 180 Participants throughout their time on the project to build their wellbeing, employability skills, motivation and confidence; access specialist support where needed; and move into full time education, training and/or work. This support will include wellbeing and employment courses and employment related personal action plans.

Building Bridges supports people who are facing significant challenges in being able to develop their skills, access education or move towards the world of work. Taking part in Building Bridges is entirely voluntary and all of the advice and support is free of charge.

Building Bridges works with people to help them address the challenges and barriers they are facing and develop their own personalised plan to help them achieve their goals at a pace they are comfortable with. Each participant will have someone who works with them as a mentor, helping them to access support from across the partnership to help them achieve their goals.

There are many different factors which affect whether people feel ready to take the next step forwards – this is why Building Bridges also offers specialist help and support in a number of areas including developing physical and mental wellbeing, accessing debt and financial advice and help with issues such as transport and childcare.

Building Bridges is a partnership of local charities, voluntary groups and organisations who are experts at supporting people and giving them the skills and confidence they need to move forward.

How do people join?

For more information about the Building Bridges project please contact:

General Enquiries: Email: hello@buildingbridgessw.org.uk

Or to make a referral: Email: referrals@buildingbridgessw.org.uk

if you want to find out more about the role of Active Plus: admin@activeplus.org.uk / 01326 567174

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Positive People: Coast to Coast Cornwall

Active Plus is one of seven Core Project Partners, together with Addaction, Pentreath, CHAOS and Lizard Pathways, Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change and Cornwall Marine Network, working with Lead Partner Pluss, in delivering Positive People in the Coast to Coast area of Cornwall

As a Core Partner Active Plus will support over 266 Participants throughout their time on the project to build their skills, motivation and confidence; access specialist support where needed; and move into full time education, training and/or work.

Led by Pluss the project will help people in the Camborne-Pool-Redruth, Penryn-Falmouth and Truro areas of Cornwall as well as their rural and coastal hinterlands (see map) Delivery will be flexible, allowing Participants to access support that is appropriate to their current circumstances. The programme of activity will be vocationally focused and include advice, job search and careers counselling. Expert specialist partners will provide help with specific issues.

Delivery of the £5million Positive People Coast to Coast project starts in Spring 2017 and help over 1,300 people build their skills, motivation and confidence and motivation. Support will include literacy and numeracy skills, help with IT skills, and preparation for work.

How do people join?

For more information about the Positive People Coast to Coast Cornwall project please contact:

General Enquiries: 0800 334 5525 or

Email: employment.bureau@pluss.org.uk

To find out more about the role of Active Plus: admin@activeplus.org.uk / 01326 567174

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Positive People: South and East Cornwall

Active Plus is one of a  partnership of six Cornish organisations that has secured a investment from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund to support people in South and East Cornwall.

Pluss is leading the delivery of the £4 million programme over the next three years, together with Active Plus, Cornwall Neighbourhoods 4 Change, Cornwall Marine Network, Addaction and Pentreath.

‘Positive People’ or ‘Poosedhogyon’ (Cornish for Positive People), will help over 1,000 people who are out of work to build their confidence and overcome the challenges they face. The programme will be personally tailored to individual needs and may include help with personal development, health and wellbeing, and to master digital technology. 

The project covers South and East Cornwall including St Austell, Liskeard, Looe, Saltash, Torpoint and the Rame Peninsula and will benefit local communities by contributing to the growth of the local economy with employers having access to a pool of people with the relevant skills to meet their needs.

How do people join?

For more information about the Positive People South and East Cornwall project please contact:

General Enquiries: 0800 334 5525 or

Email: employment.bureau@pluss.org.uk

To find out more about the role of Active Plus: admin@activeplus.org.uk / 01326 567174

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Positive People: Devon, Plymouth and Torbay

Active Plus is a specialist partner in the Pluss led BBO project Positive People Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. The £5million project will help over 1,300 individuals who are out of work to build their skills, confidence and motivation. This will include people with disabilities, mental health issues, ex-offenders, homeless people and people over 50. Support for individuals will include basic literacy and numeracy skills, help to master digital technology, and preparation for work including job search.

As a Specialist Partner Active Plus will support Participants in building their confidence, motivation, communication and teamwork skills, helping people unlock their potential and self-belief whilst building key employability skills

How do people join?

For more information about the Positive People Devon, Plymouth and Torbay project please contact:

General Enquiries: 0800 334 5525 or

Email: employment.bureau@pluss.org.uk

To find out more about the role of Active Plus: admin@activeplus.org.uk / 01326 567174