There are five Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programmes funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund across the North East region:
- Bridge – Northumberland
- Moving On Tyne and Wear – Tyne and Wear - focus on health barriers to employment
- Reaching Out Across Durham – Co. Durham
- Step Forward Tees Valley - Tees Valley
- Wise Steps – Tyne and Wear – focus on multiple barriers to employment
Each of the Building Better Opportunities programmes support the most disadvantaged people with complex and multiple barriers, to move forward in their lives. Enabling social inclusion, focusing on individuals, coordinating services, and creating new opportunities for progression into work, training, job search and volunteering. During the pandemic we are now delivering in excess of 20 per cent of our interventions via video calling.
Since the programmes launched collectively we have:
- Supported more than 8,000 people from across the North East region
- Helped more than 1,000 people into work
- Provided more than 500 work placements or volunteering opportunities
- Empowered almost 1,500 people to develop new skills and confidence through training opportunities
- Helped more than 500 people with their job search (supported into job search)
- Helped more than 5,000 participants to improve their lifestyle, personal circumstances or feelings of social isolation.
We’re helping individuals, families and communities by removing barriers which might include health and mental health challenges, financial and digital.
Since the first lockdown in March 2020 we’ve been delivering services both remotely and face to face (when government restrictions permit) and we would like to hear from you if your service users would benefit from working with a Building Better Opportunities programme.
Further details on the BBO programmes and key contact details are in the document attached.
Our ask to you: Please circulate this information in your newsletter, and specifically highlight the programme or programmes operating in your geography, like our social media channels and follow us on Twitter.
Our region has a fantastic track record of working together to support local communities and with the current Covid-19 situation, it’s more important than ever before to work in partnership to ensure vulnerable people receive the help they need during these difficult times.