Building Better Opportunities North East LEP area

The Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities programme in the North East LEP area will cover four themes of:

·         Multiple barriers to employment

·         Health and mental health inequality

·         Financial inclusion

·         Digital inclusion


In early 2015 VONNE worked with Big Lottery Fund and the North East LEP  to develop a paper setting out the background of Social Inclusion issues in the North East LEP area to inform the development of the programme. 

Social Inclusion in the North East LEP area - background


Update September 2017

The Building Better Opportunities programme launched in early June 2015.  Further details can be found on the Big Lottery website

Specific information on the programme in the North East LEP area can be found here.

The following programmes have been awarded to the following lead organisations:

Download an overview document on the ROAD project

Visit the ROAD Facebook page

Download an overview presentation on the Bridge project

Visit the Bridge Project webpage


            Visit the Wise Steps webpage


Download an overview document on the Moving On Tyne & Wear project   Download an overview presentation on Moving On Tyne & Wear

Visit the Moving On Tyne & Wear website

Download an overview document on the Building Better Opportunities programmes and relevant contact details in the North East (PDF 197KB)


Big Lottery Fund guidance documents, notes and FAQ

The Big Lottery Fund have further guidance documents which can be downloaded from their website or from the links below:

Building Better Opportunities Programme Guide

Questions and answers

Partnership requirements

Guide to delivering European Funding

The Big Lottery Fund have provided an additional clarification note relating to targets for the BBO programmes, which can be downloaded here.

Updated Questions and Answers

Big Lottery Fund have received a number of queries on details relating to Building Better Opportunities. In order to be compliant with EU regulations, we will ensure all the responses we provide are publicly available in a Questions and Answers document which we will regularly update. Questions and answers  If you would like to ask a question, please email



Partnership development activity and workshops

VONNE organised four workshops in May 2015 to bring together potential lead organisations with potential delivery partners for each of the four programmes.  These workshops responded to feedback from the earlier workshops that further support is required to assist with the establishment of meaningful partnerships for programme delivery.

The presentation slides from these meetings are avalable to download via the following links:
Big Lottery Fund - Building Better Opportunities
Technical Compliance Presentation

At these events organisations had the opportunity to meet with potential lead organisations in their areas of interest and information was gathered and shared by VONNE about the potential lead and delivery organisations to enable partnerships to be developed.  Please email Carol at VONNE if you would like to obtain this information.

Previous Workshops February - March 2015

Click here for more information and to access presentations