The Building Better Opportunities programme is funded by Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) who are co-investing in local projects tackling the root causes of worklessness, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

Community Matters is one of four projects within this programme across the Black Country and will help people across Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Sandwell move into or closer to employment by developing their skills and confidence.

Community Matters is managed by the Heart of England Community Foundation in partnership with local organisations across the Black Country.

Workers’ Educational Association is one of those partners. We will be working alongside the following partners to deliver the project;  Access to Business, Age UK Walsall, Ashley Community Housing Ltd, Bilston Resource Centre, Black Country Housing Group, Dudley Caribbean and Friends Association, Groundwork West Midlands, Ideal For All, Just Straight Talk, Kids in Communication, Manor Farm Community Association, Refugee and Migrant Centre, Summit House Support, SWEDA, TLC College, Walsall Adult and Community College, Walsall Housing Group, WELL Associates and Zebra Access.

Workers’ Educational Association will be delivering the following specific activities;

Adult Education Services in support of Employability and Self Development

A menu of targeted workshops, 3-hour taster sessions or programmes of weekly creative barrier-breaking activities:

Accredited and non-accredited courses along various pathways including

  • English and ESOL,

  • Maths and community interpreting

  • Employability

  • Healthy Lives

  • Develop yourself

  • Engaging in your community

  • Digital skills and IT Training

  • Arts and crafts

  • Education and training

  • Culture

  • Financial skills training

As well as:

  • Confidence building

  • 1 – 1 support

  • Group support

  • Soft skills

For more information about the Community Matters Programme please contact:

Gill Walker:

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Telephone:  0121 237 8120


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