Opportunity & Change: why investing in employability and multiple disadvantage matters

Posted 12.07.2022

Opportunity and Change have published their year 5 impact report to show why investing in employability and multiple disadvantage matters.  The project provides a pathway to work for unemployed and economically inactive people facing severe and multiple disadvantage. Jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund until March 2023, the project is part of the national Building Better Opportunities programme.

People facing severe, multiple disadvantage are, by definition, typically experiencing at least two of the following complex problems at any
given time: homelessness, substance misuse, involvement with the criminal justice system, poor mental health, and cycles of violence and abuse. In 2021, 61% participants who started receiving support from Opportunity and Change for the first time had either three (30%) or four (31%) of these multiple and complex needs, and 65% participants were economically inactive.

Paid work has many potential social and economic benefits for all, and is also known to aid recovery and resettlement. Opportunity and Change offers employment-related support to those who want to access it, alongside support to overcome complex issues and barriers.

Key messages from the report:


WATCH Lee’s story to see the impact of the Opportunity & Change programme

BBO is having a significant impact on individual lives, supporting people to increase their confidence, independence and achieve their employment aspirations.

See what our participants have to say in these case studies …

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