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Building Better Opportunities



Communities First Wessex (trading as Community First) has some exciting news to share with its partners and colleagues. We have been successful in securing funds as a Delivery Partner in the Building Better Opportunities programme.

Romsey Community School Limited (R.C.S. Ltd) are the main provider and will manage The Alliance Programme with funds of £485,000 from Big Lottery Fund.  As a Delivery Partner, Community First will be funded £44,305 over 30 months from 1st September 2017 to deliver its part of the Programme and will be recruiting a part time Support Worker and internal Project Administrator.

The project will fit into the Learning & Development team’s work and will provide one to one support for those furthest away from the work place. Interventions of help will include health, employability, digital inclusion, financial capability, work ethic and attitude, and in-work support.

The other Delivery Partners who have been fundamental in the development of this Programme are: Aster Group Limited, The Swaythling Housing Society Limited (Trading as Radian), Surrey Care Trust, Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership and Vivid Homes Limited. Collectively the partnership will work with 150 people across the Enterprise M3 area, all of whom will receive end to end support and assistance to combat their personal barriers that prevent them from entering the work place, right through to finding employment and sustaining their working life.

Community First will be delivering the Programme to 26 participants across the areas of East Hampshire, Winchester, Rushmoor and Waverley.

Liz Moore, Head of Learning Services at Community First said “we have worked closely with R.C.S. Ltd and the other Delivery Partners over the last 8 months and we are so pleased that this has a positive outcome for supporting people who need help to move closer to or into sustained employment. These funds will enable us to employ a Support Worker, backed up by some Administration hours to make a difference to individuals’ lives and giving them a future that includes employment, financial independence, raised self-esteem and overall health and wellbeing.” More details to follow – in the meantime please direct any enquiries to: Liz Moore, Head of Learning Services at Community First Telephone: 0300 500 8085 Ext.9721 Email:


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