Building Better Opportunities

We run a number of services which are part of the Building Better Opportunities Programme, co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Big Lottery Fund.

The Building Better Opportunities project has received up to £300 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.

Connecting Choices – Stoke

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Connecting Choices is a project which gives intensive, holistic support to move people into, or closer to, employment. It does this by using one-to-one coaching, support and review sessions, and local group activities to help people gain the confidence to move towards education, training, volunteering or employment.

We can help if you are:

  • 16 years and over
  • Unemployed or economically inactive
  • Have complex needs or multiple barriers
  • Require support to fully and independently engage in existing services
  • Are a legal resident in the UK and can receive paid employment.

Connecting Choices can offer support with everything from your job search and volunteering and work placements, through to digital skills sessions, financial advice and into work transition support into work - including childcare.

Connecting Choices runs in: Baddeley, Milton & Norton, Bentilee & Ubberley, Etruria & Hanley, Tunstall, Burslem Centralm, Burslem South, Meir North, Blurton West & Newstead, Abbey Hulton & Townsend.

Working Together - Cornwall

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Working Together is a new project jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. It supports unemployed and economically inactive adults in Cornwall into education, training, or employment.

The Working Together project is made up of ten different organisations who work end-to-end to support people with often complex needs. Within the partnership Addaction works with people experiencing substance misuse issues.

This initiative covers the Atlantic and Moor LAG area of Cornwall - from Newquay and Bodmin up to Launceston and Bude.

How to Join the Programme

Ask your Recovery Co-ordinator to refer you to one of our Keyworkers for an initial chat.

Positive People - Cornwall

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‘Positive People’ or ‘Poosedhogyon’ (Cornish for Positive People), helps people who are out of work to build their skills, confidence and motivation. Positive People can help with everything from literacy and numeracy skills to digital technology training and preparation for work including help with job searching.

The partners are Pluss, Cornwall Neighbourhoods 4 Change, Cornwall Marine Network, CHAOS, Active Plus, Addaction, Lizard Pathways, Pirate FM, Cornwall Voluntary Sector and Cornwall College.

The programme covers the Coast to Coast and South and East LAG regions of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This includes Redruth, Truro, Falmouth, St Austell, Liskeard and Saltash.

How to Join the Programme

If you are already working with Addaction, ask your Recovery Co-ordinator to refer you to one of our Change Coaches for an initial chat. If you are not working with Addaction, please contact the central Positive People Team on 0800 3345525.

Who Dares Works - Cornwall

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Who Dares Works is a partnership of 17 organisations in West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, led and managed by Active Plus. Courses are delivered by military veterans. Who Dares Works supports people who face barriers and challenges to connecting or reconnecting with education, training and work. This project aims to create lasting change for people, communities and the workforce of the future. The veterans use their skills, experience and expertise to build confidence, motivation and the self-belief to take the next steps towards training and work.

Alongside the courses, people can tap into a range of specialist support to overcome specific barriers and a host of work-related activities from volunteering to community projects, taster days to work experience and everything in between. Who Dares Works participants can also get fully involved in the development, delivery and management of the project, which sees 17 organisations working as one team to help people to help themselves.

The four key principles are:

  • Putting People in the Lead: helping people to help themselves through helping others and through active participation in the implementation, development, promotion and management of the project.
  • Building Capacity for the Future: changing the relationship between services and the people who access them, supporting the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce and inspiring people to make a positive contribution in their communities.
  • A Commitment to Sustainable Development: delivering today without compromising tomorrow, with a particular commitment to environmental sustainability through; supporting blue and green gym activities; the efficient use of natural resources; local sourcing and the use and re-use of local spaces and places; promoting environmental awareness and access to green skills and jobs.
  • Inspiring Excellence in Delivery: learning from feedback and evaluation; supporting each other to continuously improve as a whole and as individual organisations; being open and accessible; communicating and sharing practice and lessons learned; challenging constructively and developing effective solutions.

How to join the programme:

If you are already working with Addaction, ask your Recovery Co-ordinator to refer you to one of our Mentors for an initial chat. If you are not working with Addaction, please contact the central  Who Dares Works Team on 01872 300326.