2016 - September 2016

Supporting employment and Building Better Opportunities in partnership with Barnsley Council – 08/09/16

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Henry Boot Construction Limited, in partnership with Barnsley Council, have been selected as a provider for a new employment support project across the Sheffield City Region.

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) will blend therapeutic support and job coaching for people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and complex needs. The programme is possible thanks to a two-year grant from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

The South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA) will lead a partnership of providers to deliver the programme. Carl Hawkes, SYHA’s Programme Lead for Building Better Opportunities, said: “This is something completely new for the City Region. Trained therapists will work alongside employment specialists to provide emotional as well as practical support on the journey into sustained employment. Customers can access peer-led courses to boost their confidence and job skills, plus a range of other services, including at-home benefits and debt advice.”

Councillor Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place said: “We are pleased to have been selected as a provider for the BBO programme in partnership with Henry Boot Construction Limited. It will provide specialised support to those with a range of additional needs, so that they have better employment opportunities. The programme supports the council’s vision which is to work together for a brighter future and a better Barnsley for everyone.”

The project has received £2.7 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 BBO programme will complement our existing collaboration with Barnsley Council on the Better Barnsley town centre redevelopment. The support SYHA can provide will allow us to target hard to reach groups for support and employment opportunities in Barnsley.”

Ryan O’Loughlin, Project Director, Henry Boot Construction Limited

For more information contact:

Karen Fisher
Business Development Manager