Pluss delighted at ‘Building Better Opportunities’ result

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Award winning Social Enterprise, Pluss, have been successful as a lead partner with five stage one applications for the ‘Building Better Opportunities’ programme across South West England and West Yorkshire.

Building Better Opportunities is a project jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

Pluss will now be working with local partners and stakeholders on stage two bids which, if successful, will allow them to maximise the impact of £21million in funding over three years to support people with disabilities, mental health issues, ex offenders, troubled families, and black, Asian and ethnic minority groups.

Pluss’ proposals will focus on promoting social inclusion, and driving local jobs and growth.

The five stage one areas are: 
- Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 
- South and East Cornwall 
- Devon, Plymouth and Torbay 
- Somerset - Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield

Pluss is currently a prime provider of services for the Department for Work and Pensions and aims to build its impact across South West England and West Yorkshire aligned to devolution.

Pluss Chief Executive, Steve Hawkins, said “Pluss is aiming to be the provider of choice to support thousands of disadvantaged people across the South West, West Yorkshire and neighbouring regions into sustainable employment.

“Working with the Big Lottery Fund is a proud moment for Pluss. This result confirms that our partnership approach has the potential to deliver significant positive social change at a time when devolution means local areas are taking on more responsibilities for their own future.”

Successful outcomes at stage two will see delivery of these programmes begin in early 2017.

For more information please contact Geraldine Scott-Smith, Communications Manager, on 07766 367267 or at geraldine.scott-smith@pluss.org.uk