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?

£5,000 - £20,000 Grants

Apply for a grant of between £5,000 and £20,000 to deliver skills and employability activities through Community Grants.

Fully funded role and £1,200 Grant

Secure 6 months of salary payments and a £1,200 grant to employ a young person through Kickstart.

Free Workplace Support

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

1-2-1 support for unemployed people

Make a referral for 1-2-1 support and interventions through our Action Towards Inclusion project

News and Updates

Introducing Better Connect

Blog

  This is our first video for our new channel  – Better Connect. It features our Chief Officer  – Sam Alexander – and gives a brief welcome and  outlines some of the exciting changes Transcript of video: Introducing Better Connect   Hi, I’m Sam Alexander and as the CEO of Better Connect, it’s my great pleasure to tell

Kickstart Introduction

Kickstart

This short introduction video features Hannah talking about the Better Connect Kickstart project

Working Hands Helping Communities

ESF Community Grants

This video features the work of Claro Enterprise in Starbeck who have been working with partners Veterans’ Woodcraft to deliver basic skills courses funded by the ESF Community Grants Fund. ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme and the aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards

Mick’s Story

Action Towards Inclusion

Mick is a recent participant on Action Towards Inclusion – a dynamic programme across York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding supporting people into work, training and volunteering. He has wide ranging work experience and Action Towards Inclusion has helped him increase his confidence, IT skills and move on in his life. Action Towards Inclusion

Making Moves, The Opportunity Centre, Scarborough

Action Towards Inclusion

Making Moves features the work of Jeni Golder and the Opportunity Centre in Scarborough. Action Towards Inclusion participants have been benefiting from yoga outside – helping build confidence.

Carla’s Story

ESF Community Grants

ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme and the aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities. The programme is managed across the York and North Yorkshire by Better Connect.   Selby District AVS is a delivery organisation based

Young Carers Day – Tuesday the 16th March 2021

Blog Carers Plus

Each year Carers Trust organises Young Carers Awareness Day. The purpose of the day is to raise public awareness of the challenges faced by young people because of their caring role, and to campaign for greater support for young carers and their needs.   There are a number of our delivery partners who support young

Hello, and happy LGBT+ History Month!

Blog LGBT+

I’ve got the honour of sharing a bit of modern queer history and also talking a little about where we’ve got to today. There is a long and important history of the struggles the queer community have faced and fought over decades past. In New York, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, which was one

International Day of Persons with Disability – 3rd December 2020

Blog Disability Purple Patch

Thursday 3 December is the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). Introduced in 1992, the IDPD aims to promote the rights and well-being of disabled people across society. This year’s theme is ‘Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World’. We hope you’re able to take part. We want

Wellbeing at Work – Joe’s Story

Blog Mental Health Wellbeing Resources

We’ve been focusing on mental health and wellbeing this week after celebrating World Mental Health Day last weekend. Joe works for us as ATI Programmes Co-ordinator and had some thoughts about the importance of appropriate policies at work and the impact on staff wellbeing. “Working at Better Connect, it feels like our wellbeing is genuinely

‘I feel very lucky to have found a home here!’

Blog Careers Meet the Team

As part of our recruitment campaign, we will be sharing daily interviews with staff members where they explain a bit about who they are, what they do at Better Connect and what they enjoy the most about their job roles. Todays interview is with.. Hannah Introduce yourself! Hi my name is Hannah! I have worked

It is very hard to pick my favorite thing about working at Better Connect because I have so many!

Blog Careers Meet the Team

As part of our recruitment campaign, we will be sharing daily interviews with staff members where they explain a bit about who they are, what they do and what they enjoy the most about their job roles. Introduce yourself! Hi, I’m Helen. I have worked at Better Connect since February 2019 Why did you want

‘Everyone has their own space to fill, and is supported to achieve whatever their potential may be.’

Blog Careers Meet the Team

As part of our recruitment campaign, we will be sharing daily interviews with staff members where they explain a bit about who they are, what they do at YCL and what they enjoy the most about their job roles. Today is.. Lucie! Introduce yourself! Hello, my name is Lucie and I am the Finance Manager