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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 22 local organisations across the Black Country.

Just Straight Talk is one of those partners. We will be working alongside the following partners to deliver the project;  Access to Business, Age UK Walsall, Ashley Community Housing Ltd, Bilston Resource Centre, Black Country Housing Group, Dudley Caribbean and Friends Association, Groundwork West Midlands, Ideal For All, Kids in Communication, Manor Farm Community 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 Educational Association (WEA) and Zebra Access.

  • Just Straight Talk will be delivering the following specific activities Supporting, mentoring, advocating, empowering, inspiring, encouraging and supporting with all aspects of day to day needs and priorities
  • Seeking options for a better future, including referral and assistance to specialist support i.e. drugs/alcohol and mental health services
  • Confidence building, increasing social skills, increasing motivation, introduction to leisure, hobbies and interests around daytime, evenings and weekends
  • Supporting to raise self-esteem, drawing on strengths, identifying skills and utilising local options to continue development and growth
  • Referral to short courses (Hooks) for example “get cooking” programmes, Intro to IT, Gardening etc to slowly introduce ways of regular routine and positive steps
  • Completing all kinds of forms for housing, benefits, legal, finances etc
  • Transporting and supporting to meetings, appointments, interviews etc
  • Locating emergency accommodation (hostels)
  • Helping to generate opportunities and move towards employment, training and education

For more information about the Community Matters Programme please contact Kate Beale at JST.

For more information about the Community Matters Programme please email communitymatters@heartofenglandcf.co.uk or visit www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk

                                                                                                                                        

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Building Better Opportunities Bridges

JST provides advice and help to unemployed and economically inactive people who are looking for employment, training opportunities,education, improved housing and health.

We have  commenced an exciting new opportunity Building Better Opportunities –Bridges which started in September 2016  is funded through the Big Lottery Fund and the European Union through the European Social Fund. This will involve working with partners across Dudley & Sandwell in the delivery of outreach services to people who are aged 25 plus and who are furthest away from the labour market.

Bridges is also funded by the big lottery and the European union through the European Social Fund. This project will work with people experiencing social exclusion and unemployed or economically inactive residents. It will support these people to address barriers and move closer to and into employment. It will focus on providing a targeted community approach responsive to the needs of local people, in order to improve the social inclusion of the most disadvantaged groups.

The aim of both projects will be to engage with, encourage, mentor and challenge to improve the employability of those with multiple and complex needs. We will assist these clients by adopting an holistic approach,  hand-holding through the steps to identify, secure and maintain appropriate levels of support to enable them to address barriers they have which prevent them from moving forward. For example if they have problems with debt or their finances we can arrange appropriate support and help them set up payment plans for utilities.

Over the course of the project we aim to support over 300 people with multiple and complex needs who are either long term unemployed or economically inactive and will deliver these services from a range of outreach locations across the black country on both BBO strands.

We have the following part-time opportunities:

Building Better Opportunities BRIDGES 

Support Worker  

1 x 30 hour post                                                       Salary – £14,580

Admin Assistant

1 x 9 hour post                                                          Salary- £7.65 per hour

The aim of the project will be to engage with, encourage, mentor and challenge to improve the employability of participants of the project.  The support worker role will involve travelling around the Black Country to liaise with partners or engage with clients.

2 year permanent position – (subject to satisfactory probationary period)

This project will work with people aged 25+ with a range of barriers that affect their employability  both unemployed and/or economically inactive residents. It will support these people to address barriers and move closer to and into employment.

The will involve travelling around the Dudley & Sandwell borough’s to liaise with partners and engage with participants.

Just Straight Talk is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its participants and expects all employees to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring check and to provide proof of their right to work in the UK.

Please contact Kate Beale for further details or an application form and job description on katejuststraighttalk@gmail.com or call 01902 256 744. 

 The closing date for all applications is 5pm on Thursday 16th  February 2017.

The posts will be funded through the Big Lottery Fund and the European Union through the European Social Fund.

 

If you or someone you know may benefit from this support please contact Kate Beale on 01902 256 744 to make a referral.