The Building Better Opportunities programme is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, who are co-investing in local projects tackling the root causes of worklessness, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.
Family 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.
Family Matters is managed by the Black Country Together CIC in partnership with 18 local organisations across the Black Country.
Barnardo's is one of those partners. We will be working alongside the following partners to deliver the project: Aspiring Futures CIC, Bloxwich Community Partnership, CHADD, Changing Lives, Family Action, Gazebo Theatre in Education, Gloucester Street Community Centre, Groundwork West Midlands, Lunch on the Run, Manor Farm Community Association Pre-School Learning Alliance, Phase Trust, Sandwell Consortium, Trident Reach, Walsall Citizens Advice Bureau, University of Wolverhampton, Black Country YMCA.
We currently provide family support to:
- Provide tailor made support to meet individual needs through completing a joint action plan with families
- Identify and break down barriers to access services
- Help find appropriate childcare and support participants to access courses by funding short term childcare
- Support in accessing further education and employment opportunities
- Work with participants to develop their self-confidence and self esteem
- Signpost to other agencies for specific issues, accompanying participants to appointments if required.
- Engage a volunteer to offer befriending support and give longer term support if needed.
We also provide support within the home and accessing community venues.
For more information about the Family Matters Programme please contact Black Country Families Matter Project on 01902 212196 or email on BCfamiliesmatter@barnardos.org.uk.
For more information about Family Matters in the Black Country please email BBO@blackcountrytogether.info or visit www.blackcountrytogether.info.