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Building Better Opportunities

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund

People living in supported accommodation with us can access three different programmes of intensive support throughout their time with us, continuing as they move towards living independently.

Opportunity and Change, Money Sorted in D2N2, and Towards Work, are all part of the Building Better Opportunities programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

Opportunity and Change

In this programme we work with people who have multiple and complex needs – including combinations of substance misuse, repeat offending, mental ill-health, domestic abuse and homelessness.

Participants are assigned a Personal Navigator who provides individual support.

The aim of the programme is to support people who are:Homeless or who are vulnerably housed, misusing substances, have mental health issues, experiencing domestic abuse, or current or ex-offenders. The aim is to help people to resolve their complex needs and become socially and economically included through access to education, training and employment. Each person will be allocated a locally based ‘Navigator’ who will support them to achieve their goals in partnership with existing support agencies where already involved.

We will also provide specialist Care Act support enabling eligible participants to access their personal budget.

Money Sorted D2N2

In this programme we provide person centred support and interventions designed to enable people experiencing financial crisis and financial hardship to take control. Participants build confidence and improve their money management skills to tackle their problems and move out of poverty and exclusion.

Towards Work

In this programme we work with those participants who are looking for work or are economically inactive. Individual support is offered to guide participants to training and education opportunities, and onto volunteering and work roles.

Participants receive a full needs assessment and are assigned to a work coach who will provide ‘end to end’ support through their time on the programme.

For more information about any of the Building Better Opportunities programmes at Nottinghamshire YMCA, contact