What is the BBO programme?

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) is a national programme by The Big Community Fund and European Social Fund to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and supporting jobs for local people.

Under the BBO scheme, people living in supported accommodation at Nottinghamshire YMCA can access programmes of intensive support – ‘Opportunity and Change’ and ‘Money Sorted in D2N2’ – during their time at YMCA, which continues as the resident moves towards living independently.

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Building Better Opportunities

Under the BBO scheme, people living in supported accommodation at Nottinghamshire YMCA can access programmes of intensive support – ‘Opportunity and Change’ and ‘Money Sorted in D2N2’ – during their time at YMCA, which continues as the resident moves towards living independently.

‘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.

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Opportunity and Change

‘Opportunity and Change’ is a strand of the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) initiative, which is designed to enable organisations to support individuals with multiple complex needs at our hostels. In this programme, we work with people whose needs can include 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 vulnerably housed, misusing substances, have mental health issues, experiencing domestic abuse, or current or ex-offenders. The aim is to help people resolve their complex needs and become socially and economically included through access to education, training and employment.

Each person is allocated a locally based ‘Navigator’ who will support them to achieve their goals in partnership with existing support agencies, if already involved. We will also provide specialist Care Act support enabling eligible participants to access their personal budget.

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Get support

To receive support from the Building Better Opportunities team, please contact bbo@nottsymca.org