Building Better Opportunities supports people who are currently unemployed or economically inactive to find work.
This project is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund.
What does the service offer?
We aim to move you nearer to work - either paid employment or self-employment. You may wish to undertake further education or training, gain qualifications or improve your Basic Skills in English and/or numeracy. We may be able to fund the training that will help you gain work.
- career guidance and CV writing
- help with job search
- interview skills and mock interviews
- support for people who need help developing their IT skills, workshops and one-to-one coaching
Age UK Milton Keynes may be able to provide work experience opportunities and coaching for people considering roles in retail and catering.
Who is it for?
- People aged 50 or over and carers aged 16 or over.
- As well as working in Milton Keynes we are also delivering a programme of support in Aylesbury, Bicester and Banbury.
How do I access the service?
Please call Sue Sapwell on 01908 550700 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or come and speak to an adviser and find out more about the help that is available:
- Wednesday 2.00 - 4.30pm at the Peartree Centre, 1 Chadds Lane, Peartree Bridge, Milton Keynes MK6 3EB.
- Friday 11.0am - 2.00pm at the Old Bath House & Community Centre, Stratford Road, Wolverton MK12 5LY.
An example of how we help
Mr A visited The Vineyard Centre in Aylesbury to get a food parcel. He was referred to the Age UK Milton Keynes BBO team as he had been out of work for 12 months, was feeling depressed and this was affecting his health. Also, he had been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
We arranged for him to have an assessment for fork lift truck training and at the beginning of October 2018 he attended three days of training and passed. When we arrived at the job club the following week we were pleased to see Mr A outside playing ‘aeroplanes’ with some of the children. He was upbeat and very positive. The following week he called the office to tell us he had a job, a permanent, full-time job.
He has been able to sort out his housing situation and the Housing Trust is happy that he has turned a corner and got his life back on track. This is an example of how Age UK Milton Keynes BBO has built relationships with social housing, training providers and employers to achieve the best outcomes for people aged over 50 looking for work.
From a recent study we know that
- the number of people aged 50-64 in the South East and South West is expected to rise by 190,000 between 2017 and 2022, while the number aged 15-49 will have reduced by 50,000
- by 2030, half of all adults in the UK will be over 50