BURTON Albion Community Trust (BACT) have launched two new sessions in partnership with the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) Evolve programme, aimed to help engagement with currently unemployed individuals.

The sessions, aimed at people aged 16 plus, is funded by the Big Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund. The aim is to build health and fitness, social skills and self-esteem for individuals in the support of guiding them towards an active lifestyle and eventually into employment or training opportunities.

Both sessions will be taking place at on a Tuesday between 1pm-3pm at the Burton Albion Community Football Centre (BACFC). The first hour is purely designed to assist with creating CV’s, developing basic IT knowledge and support with applications or job searching, in addition to building confidence with interview techniques. The remainder of time is then focused on supporting communication, confidence and health through participation in either Football or a separate Social & Active session.

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small local projects.  It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes 5 Section nine: Publicity (v5.0 – 12 December 2016). Since June 2004 it has awarded over £9 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people. The project £10.5 million of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information, please visit – https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

Dan Brooks, Employability Coordinator, said: “Both Head for Goal and Evolve U are two sessions that allows individuals the chance to improve personal health and motivation when taking steps towards employment or training opportunities. BACT staff are available to assist with IT and employability related enquires that promotes active job searching before the football and social group activities take place.

“Whilst the employability support is the main focus, participants are given the chance to develop social skills when meeting new people and create new friendships through engagement. Working in partnership with Burton JCP, regular updates with vacancies or available training can be directed to participants and those seeking work.”

Further 1:1 support can be accessed through the BBO programme, where drop in session focused on job searching and improving computer knowledge. These are on available every Monday & Wednesday 1.00-3.00pm at the Burton Albion Community with additional sessions held at Burton Library on a Tuesday & Thursday between 9.15am-12pm.

If you would like to attend the session or require further information about all employability programmes, please contact – 01283 440041 or email –dan.brooks@burtonalbionct.org