Community Matters.

Community Matters is a £5million project funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.

The three-year employability and skills project aims to generate greater prosperity in the Black Country.

Focusing on priorities set by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), our project will have offered support to over 2,500 unemployed and economically inactive people by December 2019, helping them to build a positive future for themselves and their families.

The nationwide, Building Better Opportunities programme, is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) who are co-investing in local projects tackling the root causes of worklessness, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

Community 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.

Community Matters is managed by the Heart of England Community Foundation in partnership with local organisations across the Black Country.

This will be achieved by Heart of England Community Foundation distributing the funding to 16 partner organisations. The Foundation will manage and support the activities of these partners as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme. We will be working alongside the following partners to deliver the project; Access to Business,  Accord Age Matters, Bilston Resource Centre, Ideal For All, Just Straight Talk, Manor Farm Community Association, Refugee and Migrant Centre, SWEDA, TLC College,WELL Associates and Zebra Access.

For more information about the Community Matters Programme please email

Our Community Matters partners:

Speak to a member of the Community Matters Team…

Ben Slater

CM Partnership Manager

Hasmita Parmar

CM Partnership Officer

Rob Brydon

Partnership Officer / Database Lead

Paramjit Kaur

CM Finance & Compliance Officer

Satish Sandu

CM Partnership Officer

Julie Mullineaux

CM Administrator 

Unfortunately due to the coronavirus outbreak all Foundation staff will be working from home.

Our main office number is open (024 7688 4434) if you need to contact the Foundation or e-mail:

Alternatively, call one of the following staff members:

Shamiela Ahmed – Operations Manager: 07394 567083
Aaron Greaves – Marketing & Comms Exec: 07394 567084

Our operating hours are: 
Mon - Thurs: 9:00 - 17:00
Fri: 9:00 - 16:00 

We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.