Building Better Opportunities supported initiatives that improved the social mobility of people experiencing complex barriers to employment via bespoke projects designed and run by local community and voluntary sector organisations.

The report highlights the lessons learned through the programme – the need for patient, tailored and flexible support provided by ‘coaches’ and linked to a range of ‘wraparound’ support – should be embedded in programmes now being developed by councils and combined authorities through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and other funding sources.

Building Better Opportunities was funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund.

Published April 2023Author: Fay Holland, Policy & Research Executive

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Personal stories

Jake in the studio rapping into the mic in the background. With the music coach sitting at the foreground in front of various music production equipment.
“I was in a pretty dark place, but the programme was an outlet for me. I channelled my experiences into content for songs and was able to dig myself out of the hole I was in.”

Taking part in BBO Progress helped Jake move one step closer to his ambitions as a musician.

“It was the fact that somebody had the time to listen, and the effect that had on me restored by self belief. Life has been much better, much improved.”

Since taking part in BBO Towards Work, Leanne has become an ambassador for the programme, helping others to get back on their feet too.