What is Building Better Opportunities?

It is a programme which supports organisations through local projects to tackle the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving employment growth opportunities. It aims to help the most disadvantaged in our community.

The five key areas of Building Better Opportunities are:

  • Help the most disadvantaged
  • Tackle social exclusion
  • Be focused on the capabilities of each individual
  • Lead to better coordinated services
  • Create new opportunities for work.

We have a portfolio of specialist partners delivering the project, and we aim to deliver the project by working in partnership with local community organisations who have specific expertise and together work to offer a tailored and holistic package of support.

How is it funded?

The Big Lottery Fund is matching funds from the European Social Fund to invest in local projects.

The funding will be delivered in 38 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas according to the local priorities set by the LEP’s.  It will support a variety of projects, ranging from those improving employability for the most disadvantaged, helping those with multiple and complex needs.

Who can we help?

The project will have a specific focus on people who are most at risk of social exclusion and aged 25 plus.

This includes:

  • People who are not in contact with mainstream services and who are experiencing a range of issues at the same time, including people who live in poverty
  • People living in areas of multiple disadvantage
  • People with disabilities or health conditions (including learning difficulties, mental/physical health conditions);
  • People living in rural areas;
  • People who are offenders/ex-offenders.

What do we need to achieve?

The objectives are to achieve the following results:

Target group (participants)UCan Target
Eligible engaged1496
Move into education/training20
Move into Employment/self employment254
Engaged in activities to increase their work readiness (sub profiles/groups)
Who are 50+246
Who have a disability321
From ethnic minorities62
Unemployed and economically inactive engaged in activities to increase their work readiness
Economically Inactive748
Take part in a specific digital activity178

What support can we offer?

The UCan Project believes in putting people first. Our customer centred approach means we meet the needs of each person we work with. We spend the time getting you know you to understand how we can best support you to move towards your goals.

We have on offer a variety of support available to help you progress on your journey. We can arrange volunteering opportunities, support with applications and interviews for employment. Understand your needs and design a package of support from our Customer Charter specifically for you. We understand that going it alone can be daunting so we intend to be there every step of the way.

The customer journey:

  • We will complete an assessment of your needs
  • We will provide integrated packages of support that are tailored to help you move towards or into sustainable employment
  • We will support you to increase your motivation and confidence
  • We will arrange volunteering and work experience placements
  • We will support you with health issues, substance misuse and rural isolation
  • We will assist you to access mainstream provision
  • We will offer you skills, learning and training activities, to cover subjects such as literacy, numeracy and digital skills
  • We will support you to address poverty and social isolation through advice, information and guidance on issues such as housing and debt

Our project is tailored for individual needs, it offers a wide range of support from across our network of local community organisations to help you to achieve your dreams and goals by helping you move towards or into employment.

There is a wide range of support available to meet the diverse needs of the local community, to help you overcome and grasp the local opportunities available to you.

We have a wide support network of Specialist Intervention Partners across the Dorset area to help us overcome your barriers to employment.

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