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


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.

Our Programmes

Interested in finding out about Action Towards Inclusion, Thriving at Work and Community Grants.

Free Workplace Support

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


Interested in Working at Better Connect

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News and Updates

Julie re-elected to CIMA Members in Practice Committee for second term!

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We are very excited to share that our amazing Head of Finance Julie Bickerdyke has been re-elected to CIMA Members in Practice Committee for a second term. We are so proud of her and asked her to share a little bit about her story and what this means to her..  “I am a CIMA qualified

Meet Natasha Babar-Evans Better Connects New CEO

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  Today we welcome the fabulous Natasha Babar-Evans to Better Connect as our new CEO. We asked Natasha a couple of questions to help you (and us!) get to know her as she starts her new journey in leading the organisation.    So Natasha, tell us a little bit about yourself and what is important

Mental Health Awareness Week – “It is the relationship that you have with yourself that is the most important relationship you will ever have”

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  Mental Health Awareness Week is from the 9th – 15th May and this years key topic is loneliness. Today we hear from our Engagement Manager Hannah about what she has learnt from her experiences of loneliness.  “Loneliness can show up in life in many different ways, it can come from feeling the need to

Mental Health Awareness Week – “I always knew I was different and although I had a big group of amazing friends, I would still sometimes feel that sense of being alone in the world.”

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  As part of Mental Health Awareness Week we spoke to Joe, Programmes Manager on Action Towards Inclusion, about his experiences of loneliness and what it looks like across our programmes..   “Feeling alone sometimes is part of the human condition. Everyone will experience some feelings of isolation in their lifetimes. Even people who we

Local Linking Reflections – What will be the impact of the Action Towards Inclusion programme ending?

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In March we ran a series of Local Linking Events. These events were an opportunity for people who are involved or interested in the Action Towards Inclusion or Thriving at Work programmes to come together, network and discuss important problems or issues that they may be faced with. One of the key issues that was

A Farewell from Sam and Introducing our New CEO…

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  Today we say goodbye to our amazing CEO Sam Alexander. Sam has worked for Better Connect for thirteen years, taking over as CEO six years ago. Sam has created an inclusive, positive and exciting place to work for all of the staff here. We will miss her greatly, but know that it is time

Emergency First Aid, Neurodiversity Awareness and Mental Health First Aid Training Available

Thriving at Work

  Are you looking to upskill your team? Or do you have a particular staff member that is interested in learning more about topics such as emergency first aid, neurodiversity awareness or mental health first aid? The below courses are fully funded by the European Social Fund and Local Authorities so they will be no

Catching up with Autism Plus and The Blue Dolphin Holiday Park

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  You may remember back in September we shared an amazing story about The Blue Dolphin Holiday Park, an employer that has worked with Autism Plus through the Thriving at Work programme to support some of their staff members that have autism. Autism Plus worked with the employer to make adjustments in the way they work

Reflections on the Local Linking Events so far

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We have been out on the road again in North Yorkshire! It has felt so good to see people face to face again, to talk in person about real issues our communities are facing and visit amazing local venue’s sampling lots of varied delicious lunch menu’s. Our Local Linking Events are for anyone wanting to

“The essence of working at Better Connect is that we really do enjoy working with each other!”

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  Today we get to meet Alex and Julie and hear about their experience of working at Better Connect and why they enjoy what they do! We loved talking to these two as its clear that we are not only passionate about what we do at Better Connect but we have fun doing it! For

Meet our new Data and Analytics Manager.. Jacky!

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  I joined the Better Connect family in November 2020 after being made redundant from my previous company. When I was made redundant, it was during a difficult time of lockdowns and a lot of people in my position looking for work. This was a time filled with uncertainty and I was naturally feeling a

Could you be our next Business Support Manager?

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  On Friday 25th February we launched our search for a new Business Support Manager to take over the role for the next 12 months whilst Debs is on maternity leave. The Business Support Manager role has been transformational to the way Better Connect operates on a day to day basis. This role was created

Meet our new Engagement Manager – Hannah!

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    Hello everyone!   Many of you will already know me as I have worked at Better Connect since 2017! I started off in the Programmes Team as an Assistant. Since then, I have worked across various funding streams and programmes and have always sought new opportunities and ways to be involved in pretty

From Kickstart to ATI Finance – Emilys Better Connect Journey (so far!)

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  I started at Better Connect in June 2021, I was referred through the DWP’s Kickstart scheme and was offered the role of ‘Kickstart Assistant’ supporting the programme, employers and young people. Over the 6 months in my Kickstart role, with the help from my amazing manager, I learned what type of work I enjoy

What are Better Connects board looking for in a new CEO?

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Someone who really buys into Better Connects vision.. But is ready to take it to the next stage!   Last week we launched the search for Better Connects new CEO to lead our organisation through the next stages of its development. This process will be lead by our fabulous Board of Directors so we wanted

“There was a palpable sense of novelty and excitement from the get-go” – Laura’s experience of working at Better Connect

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What is it like to work at Better Connect? I was lucky enough to join Better Connect in April 2021, at an interesting time, as we transitioned from Your Consortium to Better Connect and underwent an organisational overhaul. Having joined straight out of university following a stint in retail, there was a palpable sense of

“We all want to see each other win” – Joe shares his experience of working at Better Connect

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Better Connect is a uniquely wonderful place to work.   I joined the team in 2017, way back when we were still called Your Consortium. From day one, I could tell this was a very special and unique place to work. It proved to be a fantastically stark contrast with my former workplaces. Before I

From Seedling to Blossoming – Sams Story

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Tiny Seedling Better Connect was created in 2007 by a group of forward-thinking innovators from the voluntary and community sector. Its aim was to enable small voluntary sector organisations to work together to deliver large government-funded projects in the area of learning, skills, and employment. It was the first time that the sector had collaborated

Stigma and Culture Change

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We are really happy to post the slides from the most recent Thriving at Work webinar on dealing with stigma and culture change. Follow the link below to download.    

Stephen and Mick

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  It was great to catch up with Stephen and Mick recently.  Mick has been taking part in Action Towards Inclusion with support from Stephen  – his York Learning keyworker. They’ve been on quite a learning journey, having to deal with the challenges and changes due to COVID and other hurdles along the way. For