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You Matter Community Matters

Are you 15+, not in any paid work*? Want to get the life or job you really want?

Our Community Matters Project can help you find simple solutions to what seem like big problems; break down barriers that have been holding you back; get more of what you want and less of what you don't and we will work with local partners to help YOU achieve your goals and make sure YOU have the confidence YOU need to progress. To find out more, register using the form below or call Natalie on 07825 912559 or Kate on 07766 008318.

* including zero hours contract

The Building Better Opportunities programme is funded by The National Lottery Community 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.

Walsall College is one of those partners. We will be working alongside the following partners to deliver the project; Access to Business, Accord Age Matters, Bilston Resource Centre, Black Country Housing Group, Dudley Caribbean and Friends Association, Ideal For All, Just Straight Talk, Manor Farm Community Association, Refugee and Migrant Centre, SWEDA, TLC College, Walsall Housing Group, WELL Associates, and Zebra Access.

Walsall College will be delivering the following specific activities….

Working with a mentor to focus on key employability issues:

  • Personal Development – confidence building, self-esteem, personal responsibility, motivation
  • Accredited Courses
  • CV Writing
  • Employability & Interview Skills
  • Literacy, Numeracy, and Financial skills training
  • Volunteering/Work Placements
  • Mentoring and training

For more information about the Community Matters Programme please contact Natalie Barker.

For more information about the Community Matters Programme please email or visit

Sign up to register your interest

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Evidence required

To get you started on your community matters programme, we will need one of the following:
  • If registered as unemployed – a most recent document from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), that contains your name, address, NINO and benefits received
  • If economically inactive (i.e. not currently seeking employment), a letter or document to support this, such as a doctors letter, entitlement of state retirement pension letter, or correspondence from an education establishment.
You must also provide:
  • One from Passport / *full birth or adoption certificate / identity card issued by the Home Office confirming right to stay, study or work in the UK / Letter from UK immigration and Nationality Directorate or the Home Office granting indefinite leave to remain or with no limit on stay

   *   We can pay for a copy of a participants birth certificate if they are not in procession.

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