During the last year, we have worked together as a Partnership to provide support to people in need across the Black Country via the outreach projects detailed below.
Black Country Futures Project
The funding from the National Lottery Community Fund has enabled us to reach those who often fall through the safety net of support services due to entrenched barriers.
During the last year, we have adapted our delivery of support to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst complying with necessary local and national lockdowns, and social distancing guidelines, we have continued to support people virtually and in any way we can. This includes setting up an emergency food hotline, with a community cafe providing freshly cooked hot meals for those in food poverty.
We know that for most people, being able to find work or increase their chances of gaining sustainable employment is crucial in helping them build independent, stable lives. We are really pleased that despite the unexpected challenges during the last year we have helped:
Black Country Residents
Into Meaningful Training
Our participants include people impacted by loneliness and isolation, mental ill health, drug and alcohol misuse, poor physical health, unemployment, low skills and qualifications, and those who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness.
Therefore, our projects are not just about employment and training. We help people to make positive progress, deal with issues and crises, and build resilience and strong foundations, which will help them to change their futures for the better.
Of those we have supported:
feel more confident and motivated
feel more optimistic about the future
say their self-esteem has increased
feel more positive about their wellbeing
feel more confidence in accessing services by themselves
have become more motivated to search and apply for work
Black Country Futures Project Annual Report 2021
In this annual report you can read more about how the project was delivered, some of the challenges we faced and how we innovated to meet changing needs during COVID 19. You can also read some amazing participant case studies, and find out what we have learned in the last year, and how this learning will shape the next year of delivery.