Building Better Opportunities programmes

Five 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)
  • Holistic Social Inclusion (£2.6m Opt-in ) has been awarded to Business2Business ( see below, Brighter Futures)
  • The Rural Social Inclusion £1.2m Opt-in call was released by Big Lottery Fund on 15 January 2018 and closed on 26 February 2018, and has now been awarded to a partnership led by VISTA (WiLL programme),  further detail below:

New Work.Live.Leicestershire rural social inclusion programme (VISTA)

The new BLF/ESF rural social inclusion Work.Live.Leicestershire (WiLL) programme launched on Tuesday January 29.  The WiLL offer helps people who are economically inactive and unemployed living in rural Leicestershire to move into job search, training, or employment.  WiLL has received £2.4m of funding by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund through the Building Better Opportunities initiative.

The programme will run for 18 months from January 2019 – June 2020.  WiLL will help 271 economically inactive and 270 unemployed rural residents, by providing services that enable access to work, tackling barriers and signposting as needed, through advice, information and guidance, group support, and a range of learning courses, including basic and digital skills, soft skills and understanding of diversity, workplace skills, job search and interview skills, and introductions to working in different sectors. Wider support includes travel and childcare help.

WiLL is a partnership of 8 organisations; Vista (lead organisation), CASE, De Montfort University, Leicestershire County Council, Prince’s Trust, Rural Community Council, Voluntary Action LeicesterShire, and Workers’ Educational Association. To find out more or to refer, email:

Brighter Futures (B2B)

Business 2 Business was awarded the holistic social inclusion £5.2m call opt-in and has developed a programme called Brighter Futures,  funded by the Big Lottery Fund and ESF.  Running from December 2017 to June 2022, the aim of the programme is to engage with nearly 1900 people to support them in entering employment and education through an innovative, community-led employment service.

Brighter Futures can work with customers that are 16 – 29 years old who are NEET, and individuals aged 30 and over who can be in part-time education, but not in any form of employment.  Both unemployed and economically inactive customers can be supported.

This programme has 9 partners and some specialist interventions that include numeracy, literacy and ICT training, self-employment support, support with homelessness/housing issues, interventions for individuals with health barriers (anxiety, depression etc), employability skills, care courses, health and social care level 1, hospitality and catering level 1, basic first aid, employment law and money management.  There are 6 End to End delivery Partners and 2 intervention partners. The services are accessible across Leicester and Leicestershire and funding for bus fare/ travel for participants can be provided.

Brighter Futures also have a number of employer accounts and can help with guaranteed interviews with employers such as Amazon, Hasting Direct, Walkers, DHL, Disney, Pound world and a whole host of Apprenticeships. See:

To refer clients, contact: Business 2 Business (UK) Ltd, 2nd Floor | Aquis House | 211 Belgrave Gate | Leicester | LE1 3HT    Tel: +44 (0)116 251 2998  Email:


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 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.

The YES Team programme provides an intensive 5 days a week, 13 week, confidence building course including a residential; the Get Into project has supported many 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 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. The project ends in March 2022. To find out more visit: 


The GREAT project (Voluntary Action LeicesterShire)

The GREAT Project (Getting Ready for Employment and Training) provides support to adult family members to help them overcome their barriers to employment. The project is led by Voluntary Action LeicesterShire, in partnership with Local Authorities and Job Centre Plus in Leicester and Leicestershire.

The GREAT Project is delivered by a team of Employment Support Officers operating across the geographical area and a partnership of 4 organisations providing specific support to participants. Support includes help with health issues, job seeking skills, construction/ DIY skills and a partner sourcing work placements and employment opportunities specifically linked to the participants’ skills and areas of interest. The Employment Support Officers provide a one to one support and mentor role to steer each participant through what is best for them to attain their goal. In addition, activities relating to confidence building, self-employment workshops and pop up child care provide additional support. The GREAT Project staff also comprise Employment Coordinators able to design and deliver bespoke activities in line with participants’ need at various points of their journey on the project. See:

GREAT aims to support 600 individuals within families. To find out more, contact Vandna Gohil


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 March 2022. 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 :