The Building Better Opportunities programme is funded by Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund  (ESF) who are co-investing on 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 Communty foundation in partnership with local organisations across the Black Country.

Age UK Walsall is one of those partners.  We will be working alongside the following partners to deliver the project: Access to Business, Ashley Community Housing Ltd, Bilston Resource Centre, Black Country Housing Group, Dudley Caribbean and Friends Association, Refugee and Migrant Centre, SEWA Centre Ltd, Summit House Support, SWEDA, TLC College, Walsall Adult and Community College, Walsall Housing Group, WELL Associates, Workers Eductaional Association (WEA) and Zebra Access.

Age UK Walsall will be delivering the folllowing specific activities:

  • Tailored support for those aged 50+ who have been unemployed for some time
  • Tailored support for those aged 50+ who are currently not working but are not siged up for any unemployment benefits
  • Support to enable individuals to regain confidence and learn or update skills necessary for the modern job market - e.g. support with IT, CV writing, application forms and interview skills
  • Support to access and particpate in social activities to re-gain confidence in social settings
  • Support to access relevant training

For more information about the Community Matters Programme please contact Asima Hussain:

Tel: 01922 638825


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