Community Matters

Increasing Skills – Providing Training – Moving Into Employment – Driving Growth!

Community Matters is a new £5million project funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund which aims to generate greater prosperity in communities across the Black Country.

The Heart of England Community Foundation will distribute this funding to 20 partner organisations over the next three years. The foundation will manage and support the activities of these partners as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme. This programme is a nationwide network of projects aiming to tackle the root causes of worklessness, to promote social inclusion and to drive local growth.

Our project operates across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Activities delivered by our partners include 1-1 mentoring, accredited training, CV workshops, substance misuse counselling and much more.

Community Matters Partners

Community Matters is delivered by a number of local partners from across the Black Country region. All partners were selected to take part in the project through an independent and competitive selection process in July 2015.

Our Directory of Services will be available to download in the near future.

Community Matters Funders

Big Lottery Fund is matching funds from the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth. The funding will be delivered in 38 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas according to local priorities, which have been set by the LEPs themselves. It will support a variety of projects, ranging from those improving employability for the most disadvantaged and helping those with multiple and complex needs to improving financial literacy.

Community Matters News & Events

  • Next Partnership Meeting date TBC

You can also get up to date news about the Community Matters project on the HoECF Twitter and Facebook pages.