Building Better Opportunities

Building Better Opportunities is an exciting collaboration that aims to meet the needs of people living in East Berkshire, who remain the most excluded from the workforce. This project embeds the Supported Employment model within all its practice and all partners have signed up to this vision.  


The Better Opportunities for East Berkshire project is designed to improve the long term prospects of individuals with multiple disadvantages by reducing barriers that prevent them from entering and sustaining employment. 


GBA will engage 150 people, eligible for support under the project, in activities to improve their work readiness.


The profile of participants is expected to be similar to the following:  

* 75 men and 75 women  

* 65 unemployed upon enrolment, and 85 economically inactive upon enrolment  

* 26 aged 50 or older  

* 35 with disabilities  

* 9 from ethnic minorities  


GBA Outcomes for BBO 

* Providing individuals with the physical strength, stamina, resilience and energy to undertake training or work  

* Developing individual motivation, drive, determination, dealing with knockbacks, providing inspiration to tackle new challenges, create desire to achieve and self-improvement  

* Developing confidence to overcome difficult situations, self-belief and to take responsibility  

* Improving social skills, trust, greater engagement with other people and the wider community, including development of a peer support / social network  

* Increased transferable soft skills including team work, communication, problem solving, leadership, critical thinking, personal organisation  

* Improved personal physical and mental wellbeing – prevention of potentially worsening health conditions and reduction in existing conditions, building mental resilience  

* Improved knowledge of wellbeing, nutrition, fitness, stress management, sleep  

* Increased ability to gain employment, start training, uptake in volunteering (in sport / more widely)  

The programme is delivered through a 6 stage process, which takes between 1-2 weeks per stage. Prior to starting the programme we engage all clients with a needs assessment discussion. We start the programme by inspiring and motivating the participants, finding out their needs and abilities, before moving through a programme of activities designed to develop them as individuals. The Outcomes outlined above are themes running throughout the programme to achieve progression from week to week.


For information on what events are taking place across Berkshire please contact:


Nick Rance

Community Physical Activity Manager

Mobile: 07702892518