Building Better Opportunities Programmes update

Three programmes are now live under Investment Priority 1.4 Active Inclusion, these are:

Family Inclusion  £2,134,000 Opt-in Big Lottery Fund, awarded to Voluntary Action LeicesterShire, activity ongoing (see more under the GREAT project below)

Financial and Digital Inclusion £1,940,000 Opt-in Big Lottery, awarded to Reaching People, activity ongoing, see below under Moneywise Plus.

Social Inclusion for the Under 25s  £1,940,000 Opt-in Big Lottery Fund, awarded to Voluntary Action LeicesterShire, activity ongoing (see more under the YES project below)

On the two remaining calls, Holistic Social Inclusion (£2.6m Opt-in ) has been awarded to Business2Business (an update to follow), and the Rural Social Inclusion £1.2m Opt-in call was released by Big Lottery Fund on 15 January 2018 and will close on 26 February 2018.


BBO Programme Information:

The YES project (Voluntary Action LeicesterShire)

The YES Project is led by Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL}, which has over 50 years’ experience of delivering support services in Leicester and Leicestershire. The partnership consists of VAL and eight specialist delivery partners with a proven track record of supporting young people and operating across Leicestershire.

Commencing in September 2016, the demand for the YES project service has been encouraging with 41 young people enrolled on to the project in the first month.

The YES project provides a wide variety of support packages in order to appeal to a wide range of young people who are ‘furthest from the labour market’. Support includes confidence building courses, social media and arts based provision, functional skill training, work experience and ‘world of work’ tours and specialist support for care leavers or people experiencing barriers such as homelessness or mental health problems.

Three fully booked courses started in September. The YES Team programme provides an intensive 5 days a week, 13 week, confidence building course including a residential; recently the Get Into project supported 19 young people to work with Marks and Spencers to help their employability; the YES Media course, run by Seed Creativty, is using an innovative media package to engage with ten young people. The project aims to transform the futures of 400 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 who are currently facing barriers to work and employment.

Over the coming weeks as the project develops, the YES project will provide success stories / testimonials. To find out more visit: or contact on Dave Sharpe (


The GREAT project (Voluntary Action LeicesterShire)

The GREAT Project has recruited a team of 20 staff across 8 organisations to deliver the key worker support and activities / training for participants. These range from keyworkers known as Navigators to Evidence Coordinators and the Project Manager. To date:

  • Referral routes through Supporting Leicestershire Families (SLF) and Early Help (EH), Leicester City have been developed.
  • A launch plan for December 2016 was finalised
  • Stakeholder engagement underway to raise awareness of GREAT to potential referral organisations.

The GREAT project delivery model includes a bespoke package of support, training and activities to be planned by the Participant with the support of a Navigator. This can be adapted throughout their engagement with the Project to enable the achievement personal employment or training goals the participant has identified.

GREAT Project Delivery Partners include a range of VCS, public and private sector organisations, the key activities to be delivered by each partner are:

  • Fit for Work Team – appropriate diagnosis, occupational health, addressing mental and physical health barriers to work, sustaining work with a health condition.
  • Business in the Community – Work readiness activities (CV writing, interview skills etc.), Work experience
  • LCPT – East European language and engagement barriers support
  • VTEC – vocational training in construction skills / CSC cards
  • Personal Development Point – confidence building courses to increase resilience, sustained engagement and ability to tackle challenging situations linked to training and employment
  • Leicestershire County Council Pop Up Work Clubs – Work readiness activities (CV writing, interview skills etc.), formal job search, self-employment IAG.
  • Pop Up Nurseries – Childcare attached to Project activities to enable engagement and address attachment and child care barriers.

GREAT aims to support 600 individuals within families. To find out more, contact Heather Roythorne-Finch (


Moneywise Plus (Reaching People)

Reaching People is a local consortium of voluntary and third sector organisations within Leicester and Leicestershire, who are delivering the Moneywise Plus programme, which started in October 2016 through to December 2019. This is funded by the Big Lottery and European Social Funding.
Moneywise Plus will support 900 unemployed individuals across Leicester and Leicestershire to increase their confidence around money and digital use and help prepare them for work, education or training.

To find out more visit :