Walsall College (WACC) is part of the Foundation’s BBO Community Matters programme, the programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, aims to help people into employment in the Black Country.

When Angela’s mother was placed in care, she found herself looking for employment for the first time in 40 years. 

Attending her local job centre, it was clear Angela needed guidance and support and was referred to WACC.

The support worker soon noticed that she was vulnerable, couldn’t manage her money and needed food. Angela was fed and pushed towards a community kitchen project where food is provided free of charge.

Asked to attend the job club she failed to show, but five weeks after her initial engagement she finally showed. Staff listened to the problems she was having and created her an e-mail address and a CV.

Attending regularly, Angela started to take part in some short courses to improve her employability as well as a memory club as she suffers with dementia.

Angela is continuing to gain support from WACC, through the job club they’re looking at possible voluntary placements to get her back into the working environment after such a long time.

To find out more about the Foundation’s Community Matters programme please click here

The National Lottery Community Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help communities achieve their ambitions. From small, local projects to UK-wide initiatives, its funding brings people together to make a difference to their health, wellbeing and environment. Since June 2004 it has awarded £8.5 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people.
The BBO project has received £260,813 of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.
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