Our Impact

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.

Outcomes

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:

855

Black Country Residents

113

Into Meaningful Training

108

Into Employment

Benefits

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:

583

feel more confident and motivated

548

feel more optimistic about the future

530

say their self-esteem has increased

544

feel more positive about their wellbeing

588

feel more confidence in accessing services by themselves

561

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.