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 6 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, Ideal For All, Just Straight Talk, SWEDA, TLC College, WELL Associates.

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

Julie Mullineaux

CM Administrator 

Paramjit Kaur

CM Finance & Compliance Officer