Together we can make Yorkshire a place
where every person can thrive
in their life and work

Welcome

Better Connect is a Knaresborough-based non-profit organisation that aims to create a Yorkshire where every person is empowered to thrive in their life and work.

Founded in 2007, we have an established track record of leading successful partnership projects and working with a wide range of locally based partners in the heart of communities.

We partner with organisations across all sectors, with a particular focus and specialism of supporting and strengthening organisations from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

We believe that locally rooted organisations with a strong social mission who work in effective partnership with others have the biggest impact on individuals and communities. We exist to create those partnerships and unlock the potential of local organisations.

Meet Our Team

What we do

We exist to create Better Connections for people and organisations across Yorkshire. All our work contributes to our 3 strategic goals

Transform Lives

Transform Lives

We design and lead innovative partnership programmes that transform the lives of people across Yorkshire

Empower Partners

Empower Partners

We provide specialist support to partners to become more impactful, resilient and sustainable

Inspire Change

Inspire Change

We promote social inclusion as an essential part of creating vibrant, productive and prosperous communities

Current Opportunities

There are lots of ways you can get involved with Better Connect.
Why not explore our Current Opportunities to see which are the best fit for you?

Free Webinar Training Opportunities

Lunchtime Learning webinars are a great opportunity to learn about a range mental health and well being topics delivered in short bite sized sessions by presenters with real experience in their field.

Supporting Young People into Employment

Find out about the exciting opportunities offered as part of Kickstart.

We interviewed Selby AVS about their experience.

Free Workplace Support

Personalised in-work coaching and mentoring for people who are neurodiverse, disabled or experience mental health challenges.

 

Creating Inclusive Workplaces

Are you an employer that would value support to make your workplace more inclusive?

Check out Inclusive Workplaces supported through Thriving at Work

News and Updates

Understanding Sensory Overload

news item Thriving at Work

  A big thanks to Autism Plus for their recent webinar focusing on sensory overload.  If you would like to see the slides from the session they can be downloaded by following the link below. We are planning new sessions as part of Thriving at Work in the New Year so please check out the

If You Love What You Do…

Kickstart news item

  “If you Love What You Do You’ll Never Work a Day In Your Life…”   It was great to meet up with James who works as a Kickstart staff member for Sporting Force in Newton Aycliffe.   His life plans had to change due to redundancy and he has made an excellent fresh start with

Winter Wellbeing

news item Thriving at Work

  A big thanks to Nicola Gibbons from York Mind for sharing some valuable tips for winter wellbeing.  If you would like to attend one of our next webinars then please visit our booking page.  These sessions are free and funded as part of our Thriving at Work project. You can also download the resources

Talk Money Week – November 2021

Action Towards Inclusion Blog news item

  People in the UK don’t talk about their money enough. Despite the COVID-19 crisis affecting finances, 9 in 10 UK adults – that’s 47 million people – don’t find it any easier to talk about money, or don’t even discuss it at all.   We want to celebrate Talk Money Week and focus on

Managing Neurodivergent Staff – Webinar Resources

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  We were really please to have Suzanne Eusman from Autism Plus share her insights into supporting staff who identify as autistic or nerodivergent. We’ve kept her presentation and you can download it below. There are lots of new Lunchtime Learning webinars and more in depth training planned so please check out the link below.

Five ways to improve your wellbeing

Blog Kickstart Mental Health

As part of my Kickstart Journey I was tasked with writing an article around Wellbeing. On researching the topic I found the NHS’s Five Ways To Wellbeing and I thought it would be useful to share my findings with you. Our emotional, psychological, and social well-being are all parts of our mental health which can

Neurodiversity Training

Blog Disability Thriving at Work

  This week Better Connect took part in Neurodiversity Awareness training through the ‘Diversity Training’ strand of Thriving at Work. Delivered by Suzanne Eusman at Autism Plus- one of our fantastic partners on both Thriving at Work (TAW) and Action Towards Inclusion  (ATI), the training was certainly invaluable.  We wanted to share some of the

Katie’s Kickstart Story

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    “I’m 25 and I’ve got a job that I love.  It’s awesome…”   This short video features Katie –  a Kickstart staff member working for Pioneer Projects in North Yorkshire.  She’s been with the organisation for six months and has now had her employment contract extended. If you are an organisation that would

What is it like to be a Kickstart Employer?

Blog Kickstart news item

  Today we will be sharing some feedback from one of our employers on the Kickstart Programme. Selby District AVS are a registered charity that provides advice, support and information to enable Voluntary and Community Sector groups in Selby District to develop and thrive. They have offered 12 opportunities through the Kickstart programme. We asked

Balance in Leadership

Mental Health news item Thriving at Work Wellbeing Resources

    It was great to hear Sam our CEO talking and sharing about the importance of balance in leadership.  We are recording all the Thriving at Work webinars but you can book on these free events and find out more about the in depth training being offered as part of our exciting project. You

A Big Thanks to Nick…

Mental Health news item Thriving at Work Uncategorized Wellbeing Resources

    We want to say a big thank you to Nicola Gibbons from York Mind for kicking off our new series of lunchtime learning webinars  – funded as part of Thriving at Work. The session  – focusing on the importance of employee mental health – was really well received and we hope that it

New Community Grants Projects

Blog ESF Community Grants news item

  We have been managing ESF Community Grants, alongside Humber Learning Consortium, since 2008! It is our longest running programme at Better Connect and has funded projects for hundreds of different organisations across the years. With the funding for Community Grants drawing to a close next year, we would like to take some time to

Helping People Thrive at Work – Autism Plus

news item Thriving at Work

  Do you have neurodiverse or autistic staff members? We all want to support our staff members to thrive in their workplaces. However, if your staff members are neurodiverse or autistic it may be more challenging to create environments to help them to do that. Today’s story is about some of the lovely staff at

Lunchtime Learning – Webinars for Busy Employers

Mental Health news item Thriving at Work Uncategorized Wellbeing Resources

  Thriving at Work offers an exciting new range of bite-sized webinars on staff wellbeing, inclusion and neurodiversity. We’ll be touching on subjects such as: Encouraging Diversity Inclusivity in the Workplace Mental Health Supporting staff who are Neurodiverse Workplace wellbeing   The first lunchtime sessions are now available and we’ll be adding more as the

Kickstart Opportunities Available

Kickstart news item

  Do you know someone 18-24 and claiming universal credit? Would this person like the opportunity to take on a paid placement for 6 months within a fantastic organisation?   We have a range of exciting Kickstart opportunities that have not yet been filled by young people! All employers that are approved through our gateway

Hybrid working: how we opened the offices

Blog news item

  Reopening the office?  Returning to the office?  Getting back to normal? Whichever term you prefer, figuring out how your organisation will work now that we’re allowed back into offices can seem a daunting task.  If you are still wary of how you might reopen your office, perhaps our story can lend you some confidence.

Young People Feedback on the Kickstart Programme

Blog Kickstart news item

  “It’s the best job I’ve ever had!”, “I’m loving it!” was just some of the amazingly positive feedback we have received from Kickstart young people about their current placements. As the Kickstart Assistant at Better Connect one of my first tasks was to introduce myself to all the young people that were currently in

“The work I’m doing on Kickstart is helping me feel confident in myself and my own decisions which is changing me for the better”

Blog Careers Kickstart Meet the Team news item

I never thought I would be involved in Kickstart; however, it has taken over my life in the best way! At the start of the pandemic, I had to come home to finish of my degree online following this time I found myself on universal credit and working a low hour’s part time job. This

“When I started on my Kickstart placement, I wasn’t expecting the support I have received, it has been amazing!”

Blog Careers Kickstart Meet the Team news item

The last 18 months have been different for everyone. People have lost their jobs, had mental health challenges, and being stuck in all-round hard situations! There has been some good that has come from this time too. My story began before the pandemic. For three years I worked in a retail job part time while

Interview Top Tips for Kickstarters

Blog Careers Kickstart news item

    The truth is all employers will be looking for something different when they are interviewing candidates for a job. It depends on many factors such as the job role itself, our own personal preferences, the ‘idea’ of the sort of person we may want, the organisations values and many many more things! Now