Black Country Futures Set to Transform Local Lives

Walsall-based charitable training provider and employability skills specialists, Steps To Work, today announced the launch of Black Country Futures, an outreach project funded by The National Lottery Community Fund to help residents across the region overcome barriers and move closer to employment. Providing support to those aged 16 and above, the project will raise aspirations, develop personal and employability skills, and improve the economic stability of participants, enabling them to achieve their true potential.

As an organisation, we position people at the heart of everything we do and firmly believe that those who face the biggest barriers to engaging with the fruits of the economy deserve the most help to build a brighter future.

Through a collaborative approach with 14 specialist delivery partners, Black Country Futures will offer holistic support services that meet the specific needs and requirements of individual participants. Delivered on both a one-to-one and small group basis, this will include employability and skills training, digital inclusion workshops, volunteering opportunities, activities focused around confidence and motivation, as well as advice and guidance relating to benefits, housing, healthy living and practical life skills.

Having received grant funding of almost £1.8m, the project will advocate an inclusive approach, with dedicated support available for those who may be in need of extra assistance. This will include individuals aged 50+; members of the BAME community; refugees; migrants; people with mental and physical health issues, as well as hearing impairments; ex-offenders; lone parents; care leavers; the long-term unemployed; people at risk of redundancy or on zero hour contracts; and those who are unable to access support elsewhere, and are therefore at risk of fuel and food poverty.

Bhanu Dhir, Managing Director of lead delivery partner Steps To Work, commented: “As an organisation, we position people at the heart of everything we do and firmly believe that those who face the biggest barriers to engaging with the fruits of the economy deserve the most help to build a brighter future.

“Based on more than 20 years of experience, we understand that outreach projects, such as Black Country Futures, provide a vital support service to members of the local community who often face multiple barriers to social inclusion, and have seen first-hand the ways in which they can deliver positive social impact. We look forward to working closely with our specialist delivery partner network to transform the lives of people throughout the region.”

Black Country Futures is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. For more information about the project, please visit www.stepstowork.co.uk/black-country-futures, contact us on 01922 627555 or email enquiries@stepstowork.co.uk.