BURTON Albion Community Trust (BACT) have launched two new sessions, both designed to develop people’s employability skills, health, social interaction and self-esteem.

Building Better Opportunities Evolve (BBO Evolve) is a stimulating employability programme that supports individuals 16+ year who are furthest away from the job market, funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.

Both sessions interlink and take place every Tuesday between 1pm-3pm at the Burton Albion Community Football Centre (BACFC). The first period will be spent getting assistance on creating CV’s, developing basic IT knowledge and support with applications or job searching. The second period is then focused on supporting communication, confidence and health through either football or another social activity that is tailored to the participants needs.

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

Dan Brooks, Employability Coordinator, said: “Both Head for Goal and Evolve U are sessions that allow 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 promote active job searches before the football and social group activities take place. Whilst the employability aspect is the main focus, participants are given the chance to develop social skills when meeting new people and so 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.”

Through the power of sport and social engagement, further one-to-one support can be accessed through the BBO programme. BACT also deliver drop in sessions that are focused on job searching and improving computer knowledge when raising aspirations. These are available every Monday & Wednesday 1pm-3pm at the Burton Albion Community Hub. Additional sessions are also held at Burton Library on a Tuesday & Thursday between 9.15am-12pm.

If you would like to attend any of the sessions or require further information about BBO Evolve, please contact 07753 455673 or email dan.brooks@burtonalbionct.org