Building Better Opportunities 

The Building Better Opportunities programme is funded by Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) who are co-investing in local projects tackling the root causes of worklessness, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth. We are working on Building Better Opportunities projects in the West Midlands and the West of England. 
 
Community Matters is managed by the Heart of England Community Foundation in partnership with 22 local organisations across the Black Country. Ashley Community Housing is one of those partners. We will be working alongside the following partners to deliver the project; Access to Business, Age UK Walsall, Bilston Resource Centre, Black Country Housing Group, Dudley Caribbean and Friends Association, Ideal For All, Just Straight Talk, Kids in Communication, Manor Farm Community Association, Refugee and Migrant Centre, Remploy, SEWA Centre Ltd, Summit House Support, SWEDA, TLC College, Walsall Adult and Community College, Walsall Housing Group, WELL Associates, Workers Educational Association (WEA) and Zebra Access. 
 
Ashley Community Housing will be delivering the following specific activities: 
 
1. Tailored employability programmes for 200 unemployed and economically inactive members of the BAME communities, developed through: 
a) Job clubs 
b) 1:1 mentoring coaching support 
c) Pre-ESOL and personal development training courses 
d) Travelling to work and college courses 
2. Tailored support to increase readiness for work of unemployed and economically inactive women coming from BAME communities 
3. Client promotion days 
4. Work placements 
 
For more information about the Ashley Community Housing Community Matters Programme please contact Clarine Powell, Training & Development Team Leader, clarine.powell@ashleyhousing.com, 0330 113 6608. 
 
For more information about the Community Matters Programme please email communitymatters@heartofenglandcf.co.uk or visit www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk 
 
The Black Country Click Start project seeks to provide wraparound support to improve digital and financial inclusion. The project will specifically target social housing tenants who may be affected by the rollout of Universal Credit and other aspects of welfare reform, with clear progression routes onto skills and employment provision.The Black Country Click Start Project is jointly led by whg and Accord in partnership with 8 local organisations across the Black Country. 
 
Black Country Click Start is funded through the Building Better Opportunities programme. This programme is funded by Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) who are co-investing in local projects tackling the root causes of worklessness, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth. 
 
Activities undertaken may include budgeting workshops, basic IT skills, guidance & confidence building, guidance on how to shop & cook on a budget, use of internet, email & social media, using the internet safely, CV and applying for jobs online, via one to one, group sessions and sessions undertaken in community outreach locations. 
 
Ashley Community Housing will be delivering the following specific activities:  
 
• Finance & Budgeting 
• Promoting and supporting small scale community saving schemes 
• Basic ICT 
• Benefit calculations 
• One to one advice and guidance 
• Supported Driving Theory practice 
• CSCS preparation for building trades 
 
For more information about the Black Country Click Start project please contact Clarine Powell, Training & Development Team Leader, clarine.powell@ashleyhousing.com, 0330 113 6608. 
 
To speak to a member of the Black Country Click Start Project Management team at whg please email ClickStartBc@whgrp.co.uk 
 
Ashley Community Housing is just one of the 10 partners. We will be working alongside the following partners to deliver the project; whg, Accord, Sandwell Citizens Advice Bureau, Black Country Housing Group, Remploy, Trident Reach the People Charity, Groundwork West Midlands, Walsall Adult and Community College and Wolverhampton Homes. 
 
Black Country Click Start is one of four projects within the Building Better Opportunities programme across the Black Country and will help people across Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley & Sandwell move into or closer to the labour market by developing their financial and digital skills. All 4 BBO project across the Black Country will run until December 2019. 
 
The project is delivered in partnership with Weston College and is funded by the Big Lottery fund and the European Social Fund.