Pluss is delighted to announce that we have secured three Big Lottery Fund grants to deliver the Building Better Opportunities programme across South West England.
Building Better Opportunities is a project jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.
The new programme, to be known locally as ‘Positive People’, will allow Pluss and its partners to maximise the impact of over £14 million in funding over three years to support people with disabilities, mental health issues, ex-offenders, troubled families, and black, Asian and ethnic minority groups.
The programme will focus on promoting social inclusion, and driving local jobs and growth.
The three successful areas for delivery are (click on links for further information):
Pluss is currently a prime provider of services for the Department for Work and Pensions and can now build upon its impact across South West England aligned to devolution.
Pluss Chief Executive, Steve Hawkins, said “Positive People will support thousands of disadvantaged people across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and neighbouring regions into sustainable employment.
“Securing the funds to deliver this programme is a proud moment. This result confirms that our partnership approach will deliver significant positive social change at a time when devolution means local areas are taking on more responsibilities for their own future.”
Pluss will begin to deliver the programme in early 2017 for the next three years.
Additional information about Building Better Opportunities
The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small local projects.
It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. In 2016/17 it awarded £712.7 million and supported more than 13,814 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8.5 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
The BBO project has received up to £300 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.