Building Better Opportunities

What is BBO?

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

The Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme works with a wide variety of people across Lincolnshire. YMCA Lincolnshire is working with Greater Lincolnshire LEP, specifically targeting disadvantaged communities and deprived areas in our county.

There are four key BBO objectives in Lincolnshire:

• Support with employment options
• Engagement into learning
• Money and debt management
• Supporting the economically inactive

Who does BBO support?

The BBO project works with younger people who are not in education, employment, or training (NEET).  In Greater Lincolnshire, 16-24 year olds currently make up 26 per cent of all unemployment claimants – over the national average.

The project also provides support to people aged 50 and over. BBO specifically tries to engage these individuals with volunteering opportunities and education or re-training for the job market.

How can BBO help?

BBO provides support to people who are classed as “economically inactive”, aiming to support them to make a successful and sustainable transition towards employment. An assessment of each individual’s needs is conducted in order to create a tailored support programme.

The BBO project can tackle barriers faced by people in workless households and disadvantaged families so that they can move towards, enter and make progress at work. It also aims to tackle discrimination and barriers faced by ethnic minorities and those with a disability and can provide support with homelessness, debt, drug or alcohol problems, and mental health issues.

BBO facilitates networking back into learning and employment provision,  offering volunteering experience, taster sessions and additional support to sustain volunteering or employment. It also offers support with accessing the internet/social networks to reduce isolation and enables suitable training and support to develop skills and confidence.

For more information, click here to visit the Big Lottery Fund website.