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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 March 2022. 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 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 BBO team at hvoss provides supported volunteering for people across Herefordshire, matching skills and interests to relevant positions and setting up initial meetings/ interviews and help with applications. We offer support with shadow shifts and travel training as people increase in confidence and get used to their new role. We also offer one to one support with Employability, to improve CV’s, Applications and Mock Interviews, as well as group courses on ‘How to be a good volunteer’. The team offers to support people into work placements, education and training. We work collaboratively with partners, hvoss members and other organisations for referrals and to ensure people receive the support they need to move into work.
Here are some quotes from BBO participants about their experiences, which shows how the support has helped to improve their confidence and self-belief.
‘Before joining BBO I didn’t really go out much and I felt I couldn’t achieve anything. Now I want to volunteer and have a plan. I used to isolate myself which is not good, but now I have learnt that I am better around people. I have had lots of help from the BBO team at hvoss and now Redspark with The Confidence Course. Hvoss has acted as a base for me to discover new things I can do. I have come a long way. Hvoss is like a ship, you never know where you will sail to….’
‘ 2 years ago I was at rock bottom. My partner had kicked me out of the house. I had no job and nowhere to live. With the help of Addaction I started to turn things around and joined BBO. Since working with hvoss I have started to get my confidence and independence back. I am more positive and now enjoy everything about life! I have got my driving license back after 8 years and am living back with my partner and children. Getting into volunteering and working at a care farm, has helped me realise who I am. The people I work with give me purpose in my life and I see there is so much more to life. I have a better relationship with my partner, kids and everyone I meet. I still get stressed but can manage the situation better.
I have got hope now, when I had none before. I am looking to get back into paid work for the first time in several years. I believe I have a brilliant future ahead of me now.’
hvoss (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service)
To contact the BBO team, call 01432 343932
52 Broad Street
Hereford HR4 9AB