As part of the Foundation’s Community Matters programme, WELL provide a selection of activity linked to employment opportunities within the leisure and tourism industry.

Working with participants they provide individual support covering CV writing, confidence building and interview skills as well as offering accredited courses and qualifications, mentoring and support to help them find placements.

Someone to have benefitted from the service is Victor, he said:

“I had a rough time having been laid off from my job and I was really down in confidence. I wanted to join the programme because I didn’t know whether I could get another job in the transport industry. I wanted to gain skills and confidence in a different sector.


“I had specific 1-1 support with improving my CV, improving my confidence when filling out applications and was able to see how I could use my skills in different sectors.


“I didn’t want to join the course and I was really nervous. I wanted to walk out but the staff sat with me and convinced me to stay. I’m so glad I did. I gained a qualification in a different sector and I can use the skills everywhere!”

Not only did the support and qualifications offer new opportunities, it gave him the chance to secure an improved position at his previous company:

“With the confidence I gained I went back to my old employer and asked what I could do. They rehired me as a Warehouse Manager. I’m much happier now.”

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To find out more about the Community Matters programme please click here.

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.