‘Building Better Opportunities’ to help disadvantaged families across West Yorkshire

A partnership of nine West Yorkshire organisations has been successful with a stage one application for the ‘Building Better Opportunities’ programme in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.

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

The new proposals, called ‘Hopeful families’, will build on lessons learned from the Troubled Families programme to help targeted families in West Yorkshire to manage responsible family life, raise aspirations for their children and help parents build the resilience and skills needed to win employment and build careers. It will also benefit local communities by reducing poverty and anti-social behaviour. 

The partnership plans to support over 600 individuals from families at risk of becoming Troubled Families to feel more optimistic and see work as an achievable goal. Support for individuals will include basic literacy and numeracy skills, learning to deal with setbacks and preparation for work.

Lead partner Pluss will now work with the team of partners and other key stakeholders on the stage two bid which, if successful, will allow them to access £2.4 million in funding to deliver the programme over three years. The core delivery partners are Pluss, Yorkshire Children’s Centre, Halifax Opportunities Trust, Groundwork Wakefield, Dominion Training, Nova, Gingerbread, Aspire 2B and Foundation UK.

Pluss Chief Executive, Steve Hawkins, said “The partnership is aiming to support hundreds of disadvantaged people across West Yorkshire to raise their aspirations and find sustainable employment.

“Learning that the partnership has progressed through to the second stage is a proud moment for all nine organisations. This result confirms that our West Yorkshire partnership has the potential to deliver significant positive social change at a time when local devolution means Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, as part of the Leeds City Region, are taking on more responsibility for their own future.”

A successful outcome at stage two will see delivery of this programme in early 2017.

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