We are one of the Midlands' leading and most successful providers of affordable homes.

The Building Better Opportunities programme is funded by Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF).

They 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.

whg is one of a number of partners delivering the project, alongside:

  • 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 College
  • WELL Associates
  • Zebra Access.

whg will be delivering the following specific activities:

  • confidence building sessions
  • IT
  • CV writing to help you on the way to your dream job
  • help with English and Maths
  • volunteer training and work experience.

Community Champions Zoe and Shafeen will support you to take that first -sometimes scary – step through provide all activities in fun, friendly and small groups.

We are currently offering people support to take their online driving theory test, make digital greeting cards, cooking on a budget, confidence-boosting classes, English lessons and help and guidance with getting into work.

This fun, local scheme will help you make new friends and give you the chance to  try new things. We provide childcare, day savers and lunch. All of the activities are FREE.

To learn more about about how you can get involved with whg’s sessions as part of the Community Matters Programme, please contact Connie Jennings, Social Inclusion Manager, on 07921 934922.

For more information about the Community Matters Programme please email communitymatters@heartofenglandcf.co.uk or visit www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk