BBO-
Building Better Opportunities

Funded by The European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund

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1 learning 2 gaining confidence 3 feeling good

What is BBO

The Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund are funding projects that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion. This fund is called BBO, Building Better Opportunities. Red Spark Learning put forward a project that has been accepted as part of that funding.

Our project was based on our understanding that accessing support and opportunities for learning and employment can be difficult, particularly in small market towns and their outlying villages. Without support many feel alone, isolated and helpless to change their situation or become frustrated and despondent trying.

How Do We Help

We have a support worker to assist with a variety of issues such as debt management, housing and benefit appeals. (He recently gained a £900 bank refund for a learner who was worried by a £300 debt. What a hero!)

We have a key worker who specialises in finding local work opportunities and she helps with CV’s, application forms, interview techniques and anything else you need to get that job. (We already have a client receiving pay cheques.)

We have a key worker that specialising in learning, supporting individuals to join classes to upskill in English, Maths, IT and Employability skills and gain those important qualifications. (We have nine clients from our BBO project studying towards nationally recognised qualifications and the numbers are rising daily.)

We have a team of tutors to help you upskill and raise confidence by trying out new things. Currently we have an IT class, a photography class, a drama class and a stitches class and the more clients we have the more ideas for classes we get because the ideas come from our clients.

What Our Students Say

We have places for 126 clients over the next two years; we are currently supporting 30, all choose to come, all are feeling better for coming.
Comments from our clients include
"I haven’t felt this good in years"
"Thank you for listening, I normally find it hard to talk but here it’s easy"
"You really do what you say, don’t you"

Get in touch
Call: 01568 737994
email: tricia@redsparklearning.co.uk