Building Better Opportunities Herefordshire Project
Landau is leading a partnership of organisations delivering Building Better Opportunities provision in The Marches LEP area. BBO Herefordshire runs from January 2017 to 31st December 2019. This project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund to tackle the root causes of poverty, promote social inclusion and drive local jobs and growth. The programme is delivered in 38 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas according to local priorities (see: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/building-better-opportunities
The project helps those furthest away from employment gain the skills and experience they need to get into work. BBO Herefordshire will work with people aged 19+ years across Herefordshire who are experiencing multiple barriers, resulting in social exclusion. The project will help participants gain skills and develop confidence through intensive personalised support to equip them with the abilities needed to move towards and into employment. It will also provide access to a wide and diverse range of volunteering opportunities, enabling more disadvantaged people to move into further education or training having acquired basic skills, increased confidence and motivation through participation in project activities.
hvoss Herefordshire Volunteer Bureau is providing supported volunteering opportunities for BBO participants in Herefordshire.
hvoss provides a range of support services to volunteers, charities, community groups and not for profit organisations across Herefordshire.
Volunteering helps individuals to develop skills, confidence, a sense of purpose, and experience of work in a supportive environment.
There are a diverse range of organisations and volunteering opportunities available in Herefordshire, an area that enjoys high levels of volunteering, self- help and participation by communities in positive activities.
Herefordshire Volunteer Bureau has a large database of available volunteering opportunities including administration, sport and recreation, retail, health and social care, conversation, youth projects and community development.
The Volunteer Team support prospective volunteers to identify their interests and skills and then find a volunteering opportunity to suit them. We provide the initial one-to-one support to make this happen.
Said Mandy Furniss, hvoss BBO Project Lead, "We can help make introductions to the organisations and accompany you to your volunteering until you feel sufficiently confident to volunteer on their own."
"We remain in touch in-case participants need more support. If issues arise or if the volunteering placement doesn’t work out, we can help find other opportunities to help you progress. We then work with partner organisations and referral agencies to make those important next steps."
“I'm very grateful for the suggestion to volunteer and would highly recommend to anyone to make the effort to volunteer. It is enormously rewarding, gives you the opportunity to learn new skills, experience new working environments and can lead to a satisfying and exciting new career”.
Amanda, aged 40
hvoss (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service)
Herefordshire Volunteer Bureau
Supporting Volunteering Team
T: 01432 343932
Berrows Business Centre, Bath Street,
Hereford, HR1 2HE