Building Better Opportunities

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A project that aims to help those living with sight loss find work and improve their lives has been awarded over £119,000 from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund through their Building Better Opportunities programme.

The Beacon Centre, the Black Country’s leading sight loss charity, has been awarded the funds through the Bridges Project run by Steps to Work.

It will support 100 visually impaired people over the age of 24 living in Wolverhampton to find employment and boost their social skills via targeted activities such as IT training, cookery courses, bespoke employability courses and financial workshops which will be delivered at venues across the city.

The aim is to get people living with sight loss engaged in activities to improve their work readiness and progress into education, employment or self-employment and to become economically active.

Beacon Centre’s Head of Charity Operations Katie Jobling said: “The Beacon Centre is delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social fund.

“We want to break down the barriers to employment by improving people’s confidence, independence and life skills.”

She added: “Improving people’s life skills will help them throughout their working life.

“We are looking forward to forging new partnerships as we deliver this project across Wolverhampton.”

To find out more about the project contact Katie Jobling via 01902 880 111.