Building Better Opportunities
Building Better Opportunities sees the Big Lottery Fund matching funds from European Social Fund (ESF), to provide joint investment in local projects that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.
The Building Better Opportunities programme supports people to access skills that will help them to become work ready and gain employment or to help those in receipt of state benefits to understand the changes being made to the welfare system across the Black Country.
The programme will specifically work with social housing tenants who will be affected by the rollout of Universal Credit and other aspects of welfare reform, with clear progression routes onto skills and employment provision and/or job search related activities. The programme will also look at promoting and supporting people in the Black Country to increase their confidence levels and promote living a healthy lifestyle.
We offer support and advice to anyone who is:
- 15 years old and over (Click Start and Family Matters)
- 25 years old and over (Bridges)
Trident Reach co-deliver the following three projects within the Black Country:
Click Start provides a wraparound support service to help at least 3000 people develop their personal financial and digital skills. The project is designed to support people with upcoming changes to the benefit system.
Bridges aims to support a variety of projects within the Black Country, ranging from those improving employability for the most disadvantaged, helping those with multiple and complex needs to improve their ability to obtain employment and basic one-to-one support.
Family Matters helps people across the Black Country build the skills and confidence to get into work. The project will work with people on a one-to-one basis to understand their goals and challenges, and then offer all the support that’s needed to help them meet those goals.
As part of the programme, we offer the opportunity to access free DIY courses that can help you to either develop skills to find paid employment or utilise the skills learnt around your home.
Overall we aim to promote social and digital inclusion at all levels to open up new experiences, opportunities and be an active citizen in the Black Country.