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Helping local people move into employment, improving their lives and securing future prosperity.

Lottery and European Social funded

Building Better Opportunities

European Social Fund

From 2014 – 2020, £11m of European Social Funding (ESF) is available in Worcestershire to invest in 'Social and Economic Inclusion'.

The programmes to invest this money had been shaped by the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with the ESF money needing to be match funded. Therefore the LEP 'opted-in' with offers from the Big Lottery Fund to deliver parts of the ESF programme that focus on employment and skills.

Fusion (Housing Led VCS Consortium)

In response to this business opportunity, the principal Registered Housing Providers in Worcestershire, worked to form a Housing led Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Consortium – Fusion.

The ambition is that Housing Partners working together with specialist and local VCS can not only deliver Worcestershire wide programmes but provide better, more comprehensive and coherent services; producing better outcomes for residents in need of help moving into sustainable paid employment.

Vestia led the work to establish Fusion and acted as lead in the bids to deliver ESF/Lottery contracts in a Worcestershire. The bid proposed a county-wide programme of Employment Support to those furthest from the job market.

In addition to Housing and VCS, Fusion also has the support of strategic partners, including the District Councils, Heart of Worcestershire College and Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.

Building Better Opportunities Delivery Partners

For the first BBO project (BBO 2), Fusion will be working with more than 300 participants across Worcestershire over the next two years. The Lottery has set Fusion a target that at least 271 people achieve positive outcomes by gaining employment, returning to education or training, or are actively engaged in Job Searches. For Fusion, the most important outcome is helping as many people as possible move into employment so they can support and benefit from a World Class Worcestershire.

BBO 2 commenced in October 2016 and delivery partners are:

  • Fortis Living (Malvern & Worcester)
  • Rooftop (Wychavon)
  • Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (Bromsgrove)
  • Redditch Borough Council (Redditch)
  • Wyre Forest Community Housing (Wyre Forest)
  • YSS (Worcester)
  • Onside Advocate (Worcester)

Each organisation will employ a Job Coach. They will work 1-1 with participants, supporting them with an agreed individual plan to help move them into sustained work.

If you know of someone who is long term unemployed or 'economically inactive' (not currently seeking employment) and would benefit from BBO support, please contact Vestia at fusion@vestia.org.uk or call 01562 733 133 and ask for a member of the Vestia BBO team.

Contact: Vestia BBO Team

01562 733 133 | fusion@vestia.org.uk