YMCA Derbyshire is working in partnership with Framework to deliver part of the Building Better Opportunities programme across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2).

The project, which is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund, commenced in October 2016, and will operate in D2N2 region.

The project Opportunity and Change – A Pathway to Work will work exclusively with people who have multiple and complex needs – including combinations of substance misuse, repeat offending, mental ill-health, domestic abuse and homelessness.

Participants in the scheme are referred by a network of partner organisations and, after a full assessment of their needs, assigned a Personal Navigator who provides ‘end-to-end’ support throughout an individual’s participation in the project.

The project targets those hardest to reach and furthest from the labour market.  This includes some BME populations, those living in pockets of deprivation and certain rural localities.  As part of the project’s overall impact, it is expected to break cycles of child poverty, poor educational attainment, neglect, poor mental health and low self-esteem that lead in adulthood to unemployment, substance misuse, offending and repetitive negative life experiences.

If you would like further details or make a referral please contact Natasha Steel on 01332 579572 or email on natasha.steel@ymcaderbyshire.org.uk.