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What is 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.


Community Matters is one of four projects within this programme across the Black Country and will help people across Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Sandwell move into or closer to employment by developing their skills and confidence.


Community Matters is managed by the Heart of England Community Foundation in partnership with 20 local organisations across the Black Country such as: Access to Business, Accord Age Matters, Black Country Housing Group, Dudley Caribbean and Friends Association, Ideal For All, Just Straight Talk, Manor Farm Community Association, Refugee and Migrant Centre, SWEDA, TLC College, Walsall College, Walsall Housing Group, WELL Associates and Zebra Access.

What does BRC do within this?


We will be working alongside the partners above to deliver the project through the following specific activities:


             * advice, guidance and one-to-one support

             * tailored packages of support that will help clients in their journey to work

             * mentoring and confidence building sessions

             * help with CVs, application forms, job search and interview skills

             * relevant training to improve clients’ chances of finding work

For more info:

For more information about the Community Matters Programme, please contact

For more information about the Community Matters Programme, please email or visit

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