The Building Better Opportunities project brings together funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) to help tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England. Run in conjunction with The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the project aims to provide pre-employment support within Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin for disadvantaged people aged 19 and over who are not in work.
The project will focus on those who are furthest from the labour market, helping them engage in activity to move forwards and into employment. Through a partnership of 21 partners the project will provide access to a wide and diverse range of volunteering opportunities enabling more disadvantaged people to move into further education or training having acquired basic skills, increased confidence and motivation through personalized support that will equip them with the abilities needed to move toward and into employment. The project will run until 2019.
Crowsmill Craft Centre CIC
Crowsmill Craft Centre CIC works with people who are at the margins of society. This includes adults with mental health issues, physical and learning difficulties. The aim of our work is to support and empower all who attend to overcome any negative feelings and emotions. The intention is to build confidence and self belief, develop practical skills, enhance social interactions and tolerance of others. It is also important that individuals enjoy the process and the experience is beneficial to them in their everyday lives.
Young people with challenging behaviours, who have previously disengaged with their educational programme, also attend Crowsmill and gain valuable and positive experiences. These experiences help them to rebuild trust in themselves and gain confidence in their ability to complete a task and engage appropriately with others.
Practical skills training includes plastering, woodwork, iron forge work, animal welfare, garden-ing and horticulture alongside the development crucial social interactive skills. Also available are the opportunities to engage in the sport of archery together with the chance to make a long -bow in woodwork lessons.
Adults and young people are encouraged and supported by trained staff with an understanding of the specific needs required for individuals to achieve. Differentiation for all attendees is crucial to ensure their educational, social and personal progress can occur.
Each person who attends Crowsmill Craft Centre is valued for the individual characteristics they bring. Within a safe and secure environment, all are able to work to reach their full potential and enjoy their experience.
For the Landau/Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project, we will be running a series of 12 week courses (3 days each week). Numbers will be limited to six per group, to enable individuals to reach their full potential across the different areas of learning. Contact us for the next programme start date.
Crowsmill Craft Centre CIC is a small community led, not-for-profit, organisation.
Dickon Pitt, Director
T: 01743 781942
Crowsmill Craft Centre C.I.C
Coton Lane, Alveley
Near Bridgnorth, Shropshire WV15 6HF
Enable’s offer as part of the BBO partnership is supporting people with disabilities into
work. People who are aged 19+, who have a disability and / mental health need, and are keen to enter into employment are potential participants.
Participants are worked with on a one-one basis using IPS (Individual Placement and port) to help them to:
- Identify the right career choice help with job searches including all aspects of preparing CV
- Prepare applications
- Approach employers using cold calling
- Apply for advertised jobs
- Arrange work placements, voluntary work and work experience.
Enable is keen to work with partners offering advice and support with grooming and confidence building, presentation, IT skills, literacy and numeracy. Enable provides its services across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
FUSE CIC will work with both individuals and a wide range of small businesses and social enter-prises to help realise development potential and to create employment and work placement opportunities.
FUSE CIC offers people the chance to develop their own business/self employment idea, to have a training, employment, work placement or volunteering opportunity within a small business or social enterprise.
Individuals come from any walk of life and often face challenges. They may demonstrate a motivation and interest in developing their entrepreneurial and technical skills. They may be returners to work, early retired looking for new avenues, carers, people experiencing life changing circumstances (divorce &/ illness), students and others looking for a new route through life.
FUSE CIC achieves the above through group learning /training /coaching, facilitation, peer to peer support, on line support, signposting and events. Participants learn how to set up &/or grow a business, set personal business goals, market research and planning, digital and social media, legal forms and incorporation, how to be self employed, legal requirements, financial forecasting and bookkeeping, roles and responsibilities of Directors, sourcing finance and recruitment.
Participants not suited to small business opportunities are supported with job search and/or work placements, volunteering or other training or employment.
Samantha Hine, Project Development Manager
T: 01584 874922 or 07974 772840
Rockspring Community Centre,
Sandford Road, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1SX
Headway Shropshire BBO Work Placement Project will work with job seeking participants, providing 12 week work placement over the next two and a half years. The placement will be based at our Rehab and Reablement Centre on the Oxon Business Park in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Participants will gain knowledge and experience in health and social care by shadowing Head-way staff. They will learn essential health and social care skills specifically supporting clients who have acquired brain injuries, helping clients in various activities and personal care. This will take place at the Headway Rehabilitation and Reablement Centre.
Headway Shropshire is offering participants an informal interview before starting the project which will help their confidence, interview skills and opportunity to access an E-Learning training leading to a Health and Social Care certificate. Headway Shropshire will also provide access to the internet so that the participants will have opportunities to job search during their work placement.
Hattie (Harriet) Beardsley – BBO Work Placement Coordinator
T: 01743 365271
Holsworth Park, Oxon Business Park,
Shrewsbury SY3 5HJ
Home-Start Telford & Wrekin
Home-Start Telford & Wrekin BBO Project is for volunteer placements including: home-visiting, working in family groups, shadowing family support co-ordinators and office support.
Home-Start Telford & Wrekin is a voluntary organisation which supports families throughout the borough who have at least one child under the age of 5 and which are experiencing difficulties and will benefit from befriending and other support.
Home-Start helps families through home-visiting by volunteers. Weekly visits provide support, friendship and sometimes a small amount of practical assistance. Volunteers are carefully matched with families; support is reviewed by family support co-ordinators on a quarterly basis. Volunteers must have parenting experience for this role. There is a thorough vetting process and an eight day course of preparation. Volunteers have access to 24/7 support and regular supervision.
Home-Start runs two family groups each week and is offering placements for volunteers to gain experience in co-facilitating, planning and managing the groups. Participants will work alongside family support co-ordinators shadowing family visits, volunteer support sessions and safeguarding meetings. Participants will also learn about policies, file entry and various other family-support related work tasks.
Participants will gain general clerical/office experience, learning to use databases, social media, Home-Start internal data monitoring, filing, e-mail and mail circulations. Help with curriculum vitae updating and looking at employment training options will be available to all participants. Referrals will be welcome and clients will be appropriately referred to other partners over the lifetime of the project.
Caia Bryant-Griffiths, Manager
T: 01952 872280
The Glebe Centre
Glebe Street, Wellington, Telford TF1 1JP
Grease Monkeys Plus, offered by Hope Initiatives, provides life coaching and employability support to unemployed people in Shropshire.
Through working on cars participants learn key personal and organisational skills which, together with one-to-one support, develop skill sets as a basis for re-entry into the job mar-ket via volunteering and further training.
At Hope Initiatives, participants are provided with the opportunity to develop vocational and personal skills through formal and informal training. Training is delivered through teams of experienced professionals and volunteers using a menu of daytime and evening courses.
Nick Langton, Project Co-ordinator
T: 01743 444179
Unit C3/C4/C5 , Greenwood Court Industrial Estate Cartmel Drive ,
Shrewsbury SY1 3TB
Landau has 17 years experience helping people to overcome barriers preventing them from gaining skills and employment.
Landau’s BBO provision will support participants to improve their confidence, under-take training, seek work experience and gain skills.
Individuals will be allocated a Personal Job Mentor to support him/her to access Job Clubs, Community Projects and to gain the Life Skills at a pace appropriate to the participant.
Participants will receive a unique model of support so that the most appropriate services are accessed by them.
Accredited and non accredited training is available as appropriate, including employability skills, confidence, money management, first aid, health and safety, manual handling, food hygiene and basic skills. “Taking Charge of your Life” is a four week course that begins to support participants in their journey towards improved life and work skills. Landau BBO will arrange relevant work experience, as well as providing job preparation and job searching skills.
Chas Warren – Senior Employment Officer
T: 01952 245015
M: 07834 178565
5 Landau Court, Tan Bank,
Wellington, Telford TF1 1HE
Oswestry Community Action – QUBE Volunteer Centre
QUBE Volunteer Centre is providing supported volunteering opportunities for BBO participants. Volunteering has been proven to be beneficial to individuals to develop skills, gain confidence, give a sense of purpose and experience work in a supportive environment.
QUBE Volunteer Centre has a large database of available volunteering opportunities, examples of which include administration, outdoor conservation, driving, retail, care and much more.
The Volunteering Officers support prospective volunteers to identify their interests and skills and then find a volunteering opportunity to suit them. If the Volunteer is going to remain in the opportunity and enjoy it, it is important they have this initial one-to-one support.
The Officers then make the introductions to the organisations and accompany the person to start volunteering. Participants are accompanied and supported until each feels sufficiently confident to volunteer on their own.
QUBE Volunteering Officers remain in touch with the volunteer as a single point of contact in case they need more support, if issues arise or if the placement doesn’t work out, to find other opportunities for them.
Kim Thompson-Lawrence – North Shropshire Volunteering Outreach Officer
T: +44 (0) 1691 656882
Oswestry Community Action – QUBE
Oswald Road, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 1RB
Severnside Housing is a member of the Housing Plus Group and one of Shropshire’s largest social landlords owning more than 5,500 properties in Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas.
A not-for-profit company, we invest in our neighbourhoods and work closely with our residents, partners and the wider-community to deliver our vision of ‘Excellent Homes in thriving communities’.
Severnside will focus support on key groups, who face individual barriers to finding suitable employment, through regular, local job clubs, drop-ins and training sessions.
Support will also be delivered in our local and rural community hubs, ensuring that people who cannot visit our weekly sessions can access our services. Where appropriate home visits, offering one-to-one support, are available to help people achieve their full potential.
- Every Tuesday, 11am – 1pm, at the Digital Den, Maesbrook Road, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, SY3 9NL
- Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Castlefields Digital Den, 69 Park Road, Castlefields, Shrewsbury, SY1 2LE
- Every Friday, 10am – 12pm at Shrewsbury Baptist Church, Crowmere Road, Shrewsbury, SY23 5JJ
- Training Sessions – Every Monday and Friday, 2pm – 4pm at Castlefields Digital Den, 69 Park Road, Castlefields, Shrewsbury, SY1 2LE
Help during Jobs Clubs and Drop-ins will include assistance to get online, CV writing, interview techniques, job searching and applying for positions online. City & Guilds Online Basics and Job Workshops are delivered through our weekly training sessions.
Sign-posting is available to help people boost their skills in key areas including numeracy, literacy, IT and self-confidence, along with any specific individual training needs identified.
Referrals can be made to our long-standing partners, including the Prince’s Trust, Job Change and County Training, who will be on-hand to help people gain accredited qualifications. Participants can also be referred to Severnside’s established, in-house Learning Programme which is jam-packed full of short courses and training events, covering a diverse range of subjects.
This provision covers – Shrewsbury and the surrounding rural areas.
Key Workers for the project:
T: 01743 285084
T: 01743 295137
Brassey Road, Old Potts Way, Shrewsbury, SY3 7FA
Shropshire Housing Alliance
Shropshire Housing Alliance (SHA) and Wrekin Housing Trust seek to improve the employment prospects of Wrekin Housing Trust Tenants through increased access to work placement opportunities, apprentice vacancies and volunteer opportunities.
Under the BBO project, SHA will expand its services to include support for tenants to improve their employment prospects. BBO eligible tenants will, with support, access work placements, voluntary and training opportunities.
The SHA BBO project will specifically engage with Wrekin Housing Trust tenants affected by current welfare reform changes such as the benefit cap. Predominantly the focus will be ten-ants under 35 years of age, in receipt of housing benefit and who are likely be affected by the shared room LHA rate from April 2019.
Activities may include:
- Personal assessment to ensure services match participants’ needs;
- Support to acquire appropriate skills, learning and training activities, including literacy, numeracy and digital skills;
- Personalised and flexible advice and guidance in accordance with the participants aspirations, to building confidence, knowledge, skills, resilience and ambitions to move towards work and out of poverty;
- Personal development through peer support to raise confidence, self-esteem and help participants overcome more complex barriers.
This service covers: Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin
Callie McDonald – BBO Project Coordinator
T: 01743 341900
Shropshire Housing Alliance
11 Bellstone, Shrewsbury, SY1 1HU
Shropshire MIND – Reconnect Programmes
Shropshire Mind has developed the Reconnect Programme to provide additional support for people that is focused on recovery and long term wellbeing.
The programme focuses on delivering key tools that will support people with long term wellbeing as well as providing a truly local support network.
The programme is delivered for 12 weeks and is designed to:
- Increase confidence
- Strengthen resilience
- Validate thoughts and empower people within their own lives to live well with mental health
The programme is also aimed at encouraging and supporting people to move forward to make positive change within their lives. ‘Reconnect’ can mean a variety of different things for each person; it may be reconnecting with themselves, other people or society. This service will be delivered in Bridgnorth, Wellington and Oswestry.
‘Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued. This allows people to give and receive without judgment. At this point we can all gain strength from our relationships with others’.
Heather Ireland – Manager
T: 01743 368647
Shropshire Rural Community Council (RCC)
Within the BBO Together Project, Shropshire RCC is delivering a supported volunteering programme.
The supported volunteering programme offers a one-to-one service, supporting volunteers, building trust and self-confidence and providing continued support for as long as it is need-ed.
Overtime, volunteers will be matched to placements, supported in taking first steps into volunteering and during the settling in period. RCC will offer a helping hand to resolve the issues that may come along.
RCC will support volunteers in identifying and securing work placements with host organisa-tions and offer ongoing support as necessary. This provision covers Shrewsbury and South Shropshire.
South Shropshire – Clive Leworthy
T: 07791 260888
Shrewsbury – Sam Woodall
T: 01743 237885
Shropshire Providers Consortium (SPC)
Who are we?
The Shropshire Providers Consortium (SPC) is a collective of socially responsible community and voluntary sector organisations, working and bidding together for the benefit of the people and service providers of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. It is a purpose built contracting vehicle run by and for its members, enabling joint working and helping members to meet client and beneficiary needs.
What we do?
At SPC we focus on the development of our members, creating a positive environment for collaboration between members and also with public sector commissioners and businesses. We encourage the development of good practice and provide a place to share expertise, avoid duplication and facilitate peer to peer support networks.
We provide the structures and skills to find, secure and manage a broad range of contracts and funding opportunities, enabling organisations to focus on what’s important: delivering high-quality services to diverse communities in Shropshire and beyond.
SPC pool the experience, skills and knowledge of its voluntary, community and social enterprise sector membership, enabling organisations to deliver seamless services to clients and customers as one.
Partnership Coordinator for BBO Project
SPC is supporting Landau and the delivery partners as part of the core partnership team and will contribute to the successful management and delivery of the BBO project as a core partner. This will require engagement and close working with delivery partners and key stakeholders under direction of the Project Manager and carrying out annual due diligence checks.
The Partnership Coordinator, Lindsay Barton, will manage the partnership support groups for the cross-cutting themes of Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities and Sustainable Development: Project Equalities Group (PEG) and Partnership Sustainable Development Group (PSDG). We will ensure actions plans are in place for the PEG and PSDG and that these are regularly monitored for delivery and reviewed with input from a range of partners.
We will support Landau in ensuring compliance across the project with the Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities Policy and Sustainable Development Policy for the partnership. We will develop and raise awareness of the sustainability and efficient use of the project’s natural resources through providing regular communications to, and training for delivery partners to heighten awareness in all aspects of sustainability issues.
Through the Strategic Stakeholder Group (SSG), SPC will facilitate joint working with partners and the sharing of best practice, new ideas and innovation amongst partners and stakeholders from businesses, public service organisations and organisations representing disadvantaged people within Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.
We will capture and record participant journeys and experiences by running participant focus group sessions. This will be used for case studies and good news stories about the positive impact the project has had on an individual’s life.
Small Woods Association
The ‘build-a-bench’ project woodland and greenwood craft skills development project based at the green wood centre, Ironbridge.
Our project will work with individuals who are ‘economically inactive’ within the Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin area specifically with people aged 50+ and young carers aged 19+.
The project is suitable for all abilities and no previous experience is required. The project aims to pro-vide enrichment, wellbeing and social inclusion with a focus on building confidence, self-esteem, meet-ing new people and developing new skills. We will provide training in traditional Green Wood Crafts initially learning basic skills including carving a simple spatula and spoon from a piece wood, making a three legged stool and simple weaving techniques. Participants will be encouraged to work together and use their skills to build a community bench that will be donated to a local organisation of their choice.
The maximum size of the group will be 6 and there will be two groups running each week on a Monday and Tuesday.
Participants will also get the chance to work in the woodland environment learning woodland skills to care and manage local woodlands and to produce suitable timber for the Build a Bench Project.
All are welcome to learn more about the project; simply give us a ring or drop down to the Green Wood Centre on either a Monday or Tuesday.
T: 01952 432769
M: 07964 934556
Small Woods Association
Green Wood Centre, Station Road,
Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DR
South Shropshire Furniture Scheme
South Shropshire Furniture Scheme delivers a range of projects comprising a furniture scheme, communi-ty hubs, retail and catering outlets, warehousing facility and community gardens.
Through different engagement activities, BBO participants will be introduced to a wide range of work ex-perience and training opportunities including customer service, retail, health and safety, administration, warehousing, horticulture and employability.
The working environment lends itself to providing training and real work experiences that suit a range of interests and abilities in a supportive way. Participants work alongside staff and volunteers, contributing to the daily running of all our activities.
Through engagement with the BBO project participants will experience:
An employment officer utilising robust systems for supporting disadvantaged people, monitoring theirprogression and guiding them into employment;
Help to identify their strengths, aspirations and personal goals;
Supportive relationships build trust and confidence and develop motivation to move towards employment.
Access support from a variety of services at community focus days enabling participants to address some of their more complex barriers. Services might include Occupational Health, dementia café, housing, debt, employment support & IT classes.
Established referral systems with local training providers, Community Mental Health Team, local housing providers, prime work programme providers.
Access to opportunities across the Wrekin Housing Group for further training, apprenticeships and employment.
Help to access IT; develop CVs, search and apply for jobs on line.
This provision covers South Shropshire.
Gill Pitt – HR Learning & Development Manager
T: 01584 874922
The Furniture Scheme – part of The Wrekin Housing Group
Address: Rockspring Community Centre, Sandford Road, Ludlow, SY8 1SX
Telford & Wrekin Council
Within the BBO Project, two teams at Telford and Wrekin Council – the Active and Creative Communities team and the Adult & Community learning – team will be working closely together to deliver the services available.
For many years, the Council has delivered arts and adult learning courses in our community with the aim of improving people’s health and job prospects in Telford & Wrekin locality. Local people attending arts and adult learning opportunities will improve their confidence and gain skills. Within the BBO Project, participants will also be offered advice and support towards work or training, undertaken in a sensitive way relevant to each person.
The menu of courses available within BBO includes but is not exhaustive:
Visual arts, photography, dance, theatre, music, yoga, crafts, digital arts, mental health first aid and entry into the creative industries and events management.
All activities and courses will be led by experienced professionals sensitive to people’s needs. Being part of the local authority, wider contacts and partnerships will be utilised to explore volunteering or additional beneficial activity for participants.
Local community facilities and small groups are used with the intention of making attendance and engagement straightforward. Group participants are actively encouraged to work together in a non-competitive and supportive way.
Many arts and adult learning activities develop soft skills and support individuals to take first steps to-wards employment. Supporting the growth of personal confidence and improving ability to sustain positive relationships in groups will help people to overcome barrier to success.
These services are available across Telford & Wrekin.
Justine Ranson – Creative & Cultural Development Officer
T: 01952 380985
M: 07973 454 574
Sylvia Mangan – Administrator
T: 01952 380987
Telford Culture Zone
Active & Creative Communities Team, Telford & Wrekin Council
Suite F, The Place, Theatre Square, Limes Walk, Oakengates, Telford TF2 6EP
Telford and Wrekin Council for Voluntary Service (T&WCVS)
Telford and Wrekin Council for Voluntary Service based at The Glebe Centre in Wellington Tel-ford has a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator.
The volunteer programme will support participants into suitable and appropriate volunteer placements from all people over 19 ,who have been out of work for some time, with a focus on adults with disabilities and unpaid family carers.
The project will mentor and offer peer support for the volunteer to enable the placement to be successful. The project will support businesses, organisations and charities to provide appropriate volunteer opportunities for these vulnerable members of the community.
Working alongside other partners within the Building Better Opportunities we will provide a supportive approach to enable adults with a disability and unpaid family carers to access employment opportunities by signposting to all other partners where in the best interests of the participant.
This service is available across the local authority area.
Rebecca Dove, Volunteer Coordinator
T: 01952 262066
Telford and Wrekin CVS
The Glebe Centre, Glebe Street,
Wellington Telford TF1 1JP
Through the Doorway to Healthy Living
Through the Doorway to Healthy Living delivers a variety of taster sessions and courses aimed at raising self-confidence and self-esteem, whilst giving people the skills to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Taster sessions and courses are organised around three main themes:
Exercise improves physical fitness and helps manage excess weight. It is also beneficial to mental health, particularly for stress reduction and lifting low mood. Experienced tutors pro-vide Yoga, Pilates, Tai chi, Dance and, Keep Fit. For participants who cannot stand for long, chair-based exercise such as Extend or chair-based Yoga can be provided.
Cookery courses focus on preparing healthy food on a budget. They are hands-on with par-ticipants learning a variety of cookery skills. Courses also include information and advice on basic food hygiene, understanding food labels, food groups and portion control. Recipes used and techniques taught can be adapted to participants’ abilities, likes and dislikes.
Health and Well-being “Pampering”
Pampering health and well-being courses focus on raising self-confidence and self-esteem as well as giving people a chance to relax through a little bit of “me time”. Exact course con-tent can be developed according to the needs and interests of participants and can include relaxation, massage, personal grooming, skin and nail care. This provision covers Shropshire and courses can be delivered at flexible venues.
Anne Seymour – Project Co-ordinator
T: 01805 624554
M: 07528 700492
Wem Into Work
Based at Wem Town Hall, Wem into Work provides bespoke one to one support to job seekers to provide them with the skills and help they need to get back into employment.
Working with the participants, the key worker looks into addressing the barriers to finding employment that the participants are experiencing. Most often support needed consists of help with CV development, job hunting support, confidence building, interview skills practice & techniques and general & bespoke training.
Wem into Work also provides access to the internet with a quiet space to work once a week to provide individuals with the tools to job hunt independently.
This provision covers Wem Town, Wem Rural and Ellesmere.
Sarah Zacharek – Project Coordinator
T: 01939 232299
Wem Into Work
Wem Town Hall, High Street, Wem, Shropshire SY4 5DG
Whitchurch Community Services Association (Beechtree)
Whitchurch Community Services Association (Beechtree) involvement in BBO Together Project offers the following services:
- Participant Assessment – to check eligibility for the project;
- One-to-one support – helping individuals to set up email and register on recruitment web-sites;
- Support workshops – to build personal confidence / self-esteem, develop communication skills and address personal barriers to employability;
- Social inclusion and volunteering opportunities – Gardening and Walking for Health / Work experience to improve social and communication skills plus development of daily routines;
- Advocacy with employers – liaison with local employers;
- CV writing – support to develop CV’s, uploading these to Gov. website
- Mock interviews – to help overcome phobias and anxieties and prepare individuals for inter-views;
- Job searching and application support – access to laptops and completing job applications with support;
- Outreach support addressing rural isolation – access to IT help for those that have transport problems.
The programme delivered can be shaped around the needs of individual participants and can focus on gaining skills, boosting confidence and increasing motivation. This service covers: Whitchurch and surrounding area of North Shropshire, including Prees and Tilstock localities.
Tom Nielsen – Youth Engagement Officer
T: 01948 666612
E: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitchurch Community Services Association
Beechtree Community Centre Claypit Street, Whitchurch SY13 1NT