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Building Better Opportunities – Good News Story – Gary Gennard

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small local projects. Building Better Opportunities is a National Lottery and ESF funded project designed to tackle poverty and promote social inclusion throughout Worcestershire. This project is proud to tell you the story of Gary Gennard.

Gary had been unemployed for a number of years and unfortunately had been suffering with some health issues when he heard about BBO. He was low in confidence and motivation, however, he had some ideas about his future that he wanted to explore but wasn’t sure how to go about accessing the right information or resources.

He attended regular appointments with his coach on the BBO programme and came across a lot of hurdles, detours and challenges to begin with. Initially Gary wanted to go back to University but then decided he actually wanted to be self-employed Paint Sprayer as this was his true passion and a hobby with some excellent talent.

Gary and his Job Coach looked into what training he could do and unfortunately he had just missed the new academic year for the 2017 Paint Spraying courses at Kidderminster College when they came across Plasti-Di, which was a company that offered the training and a self-employment support, a package which was perfect for Gary.

He successfully completed the training and was able register himself as self-employed. Much to his surprise, he thought that it may take time to market himself before he received any enquiries, however, very soon after his training he discovered that there were many jobs available to him to really allow his business to take off.

Gary said: “I found the program really helpful. Kirsty was great and was very supportive from beginning to end. My plans for the future are to grow my business and eventually own my own spray booth; thanks for everything!”

For more information about BBO, contact Fusion on 01562 733133 or email

Published - 23 Jul 2018

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